Water Jet Operator (2nd shift)
SpaceX - Hawthorne, CA

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The Company
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 of 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.

We are actively seeking the brightest minds from all industries and technologies to continue building our world class team. Please visit spacex.com for additional information.

The Department

Manufacturing/Production – One of the most critical needs we now have at SpaceX is for Manufacturing/Production engineers. With two vehicles flight proven, we have a $3 billion backlog of sold flights. The next critical phase is proving our ability to build rockets with increasing speed while maintaining quality in order to meet the markets high demand. We are looking to add manufacturing engineers throughout the company.


Demonstrated experience Fabricating production parts using water cutting, milling, shearing, bending and other applicable processes.

Set up and operate individual jobs.

Read and interpret blueprints, drawings and specifications.

Use design and layouts to operate a high-pressure abrasive water jet machine to cut and trim parts and materials from an assortment of materials, according to specifications.

Measures dimensions of finished part using measuring instruments such as micrometers and calipers.

Perform inspection on parts.

Experience conducting equipment checks and maintenance at proper intervals.

Ability to maintain and insure that all associated documentation is accurate.

Ability to audit use of safety devices, equipment and general production floor housekeeping.

Responsible for conforming to the company’s quality system procedures as documented.

Ability to track all work performed and record in manufacturing order as required.


High School Diploma at minimum.

5-10 years of experience operating Water Jet equipment.

Flow and Flow Path software experience preferred.

5 Axis Water Jet cutting experience is highly preferred.

Programming experience with sheet metal parts.

Experience working in aerospace production strongly preferred.

Demonstrated experience using measurement tools (scales, calipers, and others).

Basic math skills and ability to communicate effectively.

Must be open to working 2nd shift hours, and overtime, as needed.

Additional position information

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.

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

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

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