TPS Technician (Industrial sewer/Fabricator)
SpaceX - Hawthorne, CA

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The Company

SpaceX is a US based space technology company founded by its residing CEO and CTO, Elon Musk, the former co-founder of PayPal. The company's goal is to renew a sense of excellence in the space industry by disrupting the current paradigm of complacency and replacing it with innovation and commercialized price points; laying the foundation for a truly space-faring human civilization.

SpaceX builds rockets and spacecraft from the ground up; including electronics, software, vehicle structures, and engines. In-house development includes nearly all flight critical custom components amounting to approximately 85% of our vehicles both by mass and by value. Our development and production efforts represent some of the most dynamic and challenging technology problems seen in any organization.

Our success is driven by a wide variety of engineering perspectives and openness to all great ideas. We pride ourselves on being a meritocracy where employees are defined by their capabilities and contributions, instead of title or tenure. We are actively seeking the best and brightest minds from all industries to continue to build our world class team.

Our employees thrive in a fast-paced engineering ecosystem focused on innovation and high levels of personal responsibility. At SpaceX we cut through the noise and believe in the essentials of hardcore engineering.

We build it, test it, and fly it.

The Department

Structures – Our Structures group is responsible for both primary and secondary structures, as well as tooling and machine design. We do both metallic and composite structural fabrication in-house. Most of what you actually see when looking at a launch vehicle or spacecraft is done by our Structures group. With mass and cost so closely correlated in the space business, our Structures group is constantly striving to develop the most efficient body structures ever created.

Technicians and Trade Skills – SpaceX is continuing to build our highly skilled technician and trades workforce; the extensive in house development and production capabilities at SpaceX would not be possible without their contributions. If you enjoy hands-on development work and thrive in a fast paced environment, we want to hear from you!

The Job


Produce all types of soft goods for production including the following:

Various types of hatch seals

Protection blankets

Engine/Thruster seals

Straps for parachutes.

Cutting materials from templates.

Stitching components by sewing machine or by hand sewing.

Prepare work to be accomplished by gathering and sorting materials.

Prepares machine by changing needles and thread; securing attachments.

Operating industrial size sewing machines including single and double needle, tacking, banding and merrow

Approves materials by inspecting materials for flaws.

Sews materials together by guiding material under machine needle

Adjusts machine performance on material by observing machine operation; detecting malfunctions; adjusting settings.

Maintains quality by inspecting finished product.

Ensures operation of equipment by completing preventive maintenance requirements; following manufacturer's instructions; troubleshooting malfunctions; calling for repairs.

Maintains materials and supplies inventory by checking materials and supplies to determine inventory level; anticipating needed materials and supplies; placing and expediting orders for materials and supplies; verifying receipt of materials and supplies

Resolves assembly problems by altering dimensions to meet specifications; notifying supervisor to obtain additional resources.

Documents actions by completing production and quality logs.

Contributes to team effort by accomplishing related results as needed.


Minimum of one year of experience as a Sewer/Seamstress in an industrial environment, including factories or fast pace productions sewing.

Experience in the use of sewing with ‘industrial sew machines’ such as single and double needle, tacking, banding and merrow

Ability to cut of materials and fabrics.

Experience creating and cutting patterns.

Ability to follow engineering drawings and production procedures.

Preferred skills

Experience in the Automotive, Aerospace or Marine upholstery trades a plus.

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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