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SpaceX Structures Technician (Starship) in Hawthorne, California

Structures Technician (Starship)

at SpaceX

Hawthorne, CA, United States

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.


Starship is our massive, next-generation rocket that will propel humanity to the moon, Mars, and beyond. The structures technician is responsible for the fabrication and assembly of various secondary structures, avionics, and stage propulsion components and systems. You thrive in a scrappy, collaborative, and fast-paced environment in which the best ideas change company level direction on a regular basis.


  • Modify, repair, assemble, and install sheet metal sub-assemblies for the rocket, spacecraft, and other launch vehicles

  • Operate production machinery such as a robotic welders, spot welders, laser cutters, tensile testers, or deburr machines

  • Sheet metal material handling using forklifts, vacuum fixtures overhead cranes, and pallet jacks

  • Drill, ream, countersink holes in proper sequence and to correct size using hand and self-feed drill motors

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

  • Self-check work after completion using QA instruments to ensure it is complete per drawing

  • Handle and dispose of hazardous materials in approved manner


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate

  • 2+ years of structural assembly experience


  • Experience with sheet metal fabrication

  • Experience with the military or with an aviation manufacturing company

  • Experience with high-volume manufacturing

  • Experience with drilling, reaming, hone and countersinking straight and close tolerance holes

  • Experience using various types of hand tools and/or hand-held power tools, floor-mounted power tools and precision measuring tools on structures materials

  • Ability to perform work assignments according to written work instructions


  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs unassisted

  • Must be willing to travel up to 10%. Position is based in Hawthorne, CA, however work at other SpaceX facilities for extended periods for similar work may be required

  • Must be able to climb ladders and work in confined spaces

  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time

  • Must be willing to work all shifts, overtime, and weekends as needed


  • 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.