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.



Provide expertise and guidance to the engineering staff as it relates to materials selection for metals, polymers and composites, joining/forming techniques, as well as, materials testing and analysis
Interface with a variety of engineering groups to identify proper material selection for engineering structures, components, and subassemblies
Investigate opportunities for improving existing processes, equipment, and technology for attaining organizational cost reduction and continuous improvements
Conduct and direct hands-on laboratory testing and failure analysis of vehicle hardware and raw stock materials
Perform rigorous process and product failure analysis, and do research and development work on the hardware
Perform prototype process trials, materials analysis, and properties characterization
Develop technologically advanced materials or processes that enhance product performance
Work with external vendors to establish process control of existing designs and identify new opportunities for product development and improvement
Be proactive and forward thinking with respect to team growth and department/company strategy
Lead and mentor a team of engineers focused on rapid development and execution of design improvements (includes recruitment, performance evaluations, and growth management)

Bachelor’s degree in material science, materials engineering, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, or physics
4+ years of professional experience with aluminum, high strength steels, titanium or nickel based super alloys, polymers, or composites

PhD in material science or materials engineering
Strong desire to mentor and grow employees
Expert level first principle engineering knowledge of metals and materials
Knowledge of physical and mechanical properties as well as evaluation methods (tensile strength, hardness, fatigue, fracture toughness, creep, stress rupture, SEM, non-destructive inspection, spectroscopy)
Detailed knowledge of one or more of the following production processes: forging, casting, forming, coating, plating, heat treating, fusion welding, friction stir welding, EB welding, additive manufacturing, and composite manufacturing
Hands-on experience in a high-production manufacturing environment
Experience with technical review of materials processing and a sound understanding of the interaction between process variables and the resulting material performance
Demonstrated track record of success in a rapidly growing, fast-paced, and highly competitive environment
Personality and drive to execute in a scrappy entrepreneurial environment that operates under tight timelines and aggressive schedules
Effective written and interpersonal communication skills
Capable of interacting with and conveying concepts within all levels of our organization
Strong academic foundation coupled with hands on experience

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Hawthorne, CA, United States