SpaceX Quality Engineer (R&D Machining) in Hawthorne, California

Quality Engineer (R&D Machining)

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.



  • Drive effective and timely resolution of all identified nonconformances within the R&D machine shop

  • Identify root cause of common quality problems

  • Develop and execute action plans to reduce recurrence of top issue drivers

  • Quantify and document manufacturing and inspection capabilities to allow for appropriate quality planning

  • Create and implement action plans to rectify localized and systemic breakdowns with design, planning, and operations

  • Work closely with quality assurance in purging suspect/non-conforming material from inventory and throughout the organization

  • Initiate and lead continuous improvement efforts with a focus on driving detection capability and ownership upstream

  • Assist in the development and facilitation of process FMEA’s and helps maintain risk management policies & programs

  • Coordinate and participate with issue creation in localized material review (MRB), root cause, failure analysis, and corrective action (8D); utilize various analysis tools and make corrective action and containment recommendations

  • Provide training on quality policies and techniques throughout the organization

  • Develop, analyze, and present process metrics to encourage design for manufacturability and quality


  • Bachelor’s degree in aerospace, mechanical, industrial, or manufacturing engineering

  • 2 years of experience in a manufacturing environment


  • Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, or similar training or experience

  • Knowledge of statistical techniques and methods

  • Experience with capacity modeling, process mapping and fault analysis

  • Experience with Pareto analysis, root cause, and corrective actions

  • Experience with Enterprise Resource Planning and Material Resource Planning systems and software

  • Hands-on experience with machining equipment and processes

  • Basic proficiency with SQL and database structures, as well as Tableau

  • Basic proficiency with VBA, C#, and other programming languages

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, cross-functional environment, both independently and with a team

  • Ability to learn new skills on-the-job, both quickly and efficiently

  • Ability to identify and maintain priorities for tasks and projects

  • Strong communication and technical skills


  • 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 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.