Hawthorne, CA, US
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.


Foundry Technician will be responsible for operating and maintaining the equipment associated with producing vacuum investment casting components. This may include pattern making, pattern assembly, shelling, pattern removal, melting, shell removal, grinding, or other required processes. A successful candidate has a high level of attention to detail, an inquisitive approach, and is eager to learn new things.


Provide materials and process support to all aspects of investment casting including, SLA/wax pattern making, investing, burnout, melting, finishing, heat treatment and NDE
Take initiative in problem solving, cost reductions, and process improvement
Work with design engineers and tooling engineers to take products from design to production
Define first article requirements, oversee testing and review results
Work with quality engineers to reduce defects and maintain high yield rates
Provide hands-on support to manufacturing and test areas when developing prototype and production hardware
Travel to suppliers when necessary
Coordinate, plan, and execute to satisfy development and production requirements

5+ years of professional experience in a manufacturing environment

3+ years of professional experience with investment casting operations
Experience with titanium, super alloy and aluminum casting manufacturing processes including pattern making, die design, process control, product design standards, and quality systems
Strong knowledge of casting solidification science and casting defect formation mechanisms
Experience with foundry laboratory controls
Demonstrated research ability and strong project execution skills with a customer focus
Knowledge of TS 16949/ISO 9000 requirements
Knowledge of casting simulation programs and ability to understand and analyze flow and solidification examples
Strong problem solving skills

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. 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.

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Hawthorne, CA, United States