Structures Technician
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Space Exploration Technologies

Work to advance the course of human history and pave the way to Mars.

SpaceX is a US based advanced technology company founded by residing CEO and CTO, Elon Musk. SpaceX builds rockets and spacecraft from the ground up including cutting edge electronics, software, vehicle structures, and engine systems. The Falcon Launch Vehicle and Dragon Spacecraft programs are some of the most ambitious engineering systems in the world, designed to support our ultimate goals of aviation-like spaceflight capability and making humanity a multi-planet species.

"SpaceX is like Special Forces… we do the missions that others think are impossible. We have goals that are absurdly ambitious by any reasonable standard, but we're going to make them happen. We have the potential here at SpaceX to have an incredible effect on the future of humanity and life itself."
– Elon Musk

If you’re undaunted by the impossible, actively seeking out insanely challenging projects under tight schedules, and want to work with a remarkable organization pushing the envelope of human exploration, then you will want to be part of the SpaceX legacy.

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Structures Technician

Modification, repair, assembly, and installation of the rocket and spacecraft.

Use tooling holes, pilot holes, or by hand (as required), per drawing or tooling instructions.

Align parts and secure in place using Clecos or tooling/hand clamps.

Check for good edge margins and alignment.

Shim and/or trim parts as required.

Select drill bits, reamers and/or countersinking tools for pilot and full size holes.

Locate, drill pilot holes using drill motor and proper size drill bit(s).

Drill, ream, countersink full size holes in parts/assemblies, in proper sequence and to correct size using drill motor.

Set countersinking tools to proper depth as required.

Disassemble parts and deburr holes using chip chasers, deburring tools, and files to prepare for installation of fasteners.

Use solvents to clean surfaces prior to sealing or assembly.

Apply sealant, alodine, primer, adhesives, special finishes. Load and unload ovens to bond detail parts to assemblies

Handle and dispose of hazardous materials in approved manner.

Determine and obtain correct type and size fasteners.

Cold work holes to prepare for close tolerance fastener installation.

Install bushings into housings using arbor press and/or hydraulic puller.

Apply liquid nitrogen to facilitate installation of bushings.

Install fasteners in correct sequence per drawing, using correct tools (e.g., rivet gun and bucking bar, drill motor, power screwdriver, C-squeeze, ratchet wrench, nut runner).

Check work after completion of each operation in job and/or completed job to ensure it is complete per drawing.

Required Skills and Experience:
Successful completion of the 90 day technician trainee development program at SpaceX, or comparable training program or similar work experience inclusive of direct mentorship with experienced/master technicians from another advanced spacecraft manufacturer within the last 3 years

High school diploma or higher.

5 - 10 years of structural assembly experience.

Perform basic arithmetic calculations accurately (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, decimals and fractions).

Read and interpret engineering drawings, blueprints, and specifications.

Capable of visualizing a three-dimensional shape from a two-dimensional view and understanding symbols, flag notes, and general notes.

Operate computing equipment.

Drill, ream, hone and/or countersink straight and close tolerance holes.

Use various types of hand tools and/or hand-held power tools, floor-mounted power tools and precision measuring tools.

Make basic layouts on parts or assemblies in order to establish reference points and to check dimensions.

Must be able to work 2nd shift hours, and be available for overtime, as necessary.

Preferred Skills and Experience:
Experience gained through the military or within an aviation manufacturing company is a plus.

High-volume manufacturing experience is a plus.

Additional Requirements:
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

About SpaceX:
SpaceX offers one of the best environments in the world for employees to learn, build real working systems and tackle exciting challenges every day. We operate in a fun, casual work environment and have great benefits including: competitive salary, stock options, medical/dental insurance and free gym memberships. By joining the SpaceX team, you are not just a part of history, you are making it.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resource Department at (310) 363-6000.

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