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Structures Technician - Dragon Spacecraft

SpaceX • 
Hawthorne, California, United States
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:
Manufacturing and Production - Technicians and Trade Skills

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.



  • 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.

Job Requirements:
a or GED.
  • At least 2 years of structural assembly experience.


    • Experience gained through the military or within an aviation manufacturing company is a plus.

    • High-volume manufacturing experience is a plus.

    • 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.

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

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

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

    • Read and interpret engineering drawings, blueprints, and specifications.

    • Operate computing equipment.


    • Must be willing to work 1st Shift (5:00am-3:30pm) or 2nd Shift (3:30pm- 2:00am)

    • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime and weekends as needed.

    • Must be able to lift up to 25lbs. unassisted.

    • Must be able to climb ladders and work in tight spaces.

    • Repetitive assembly operations, grasping, standing, lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position.

    • Must be able to travel to different sites, up to 5% travel.

    • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg.


    • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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. Learn more about the ITAR here.

    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, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

    Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

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