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SpaceX Materials Engineer, Metals in Hawthorne, California

Materials Engineer, Metals 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.


This is a materials engineering role supporting supply chain engineering on changes, risks, and specification management for metallic hardware. Additionally, this role will help drive introduction of SpaceX designed materials and insourcing of manufacturing technology.


  • Manage introduction of new materials and processes including qualification at vendors

  • Work strategic new production introductions related to castings, forgings, additive, wrought product, and additive manufacturing

  • Implement and qualify SpaceX developed alloy at raw material vendors

  • Write and maintain materials procurement specifications

  • Coordinate internal change review of vendor driven materials and special process changes across multiple teams

  • Review vendor designed hardware against materials requirements for design

  • Assist on insourcing of new production technologies to increase rate, reliability, or reduce cost


  • Bachelor’s degree in materials science or engineering

  • 2+ years of experience working in a materials engineering role related to supply chain


  • Master’s degree in materials science or engineering with a focus on metallurgy

  • Familiarity with AMS and ASTM specifications for metals

  • Detailed knowledge of processes that drive reliability for castings, forgings, wrought products, or additive manufacturing

  • Experience writing and maintaining material specifications

  • Demonstrated experience with implementing process improvements at vendors

  • Understanding of aerospace materials including implementation of design requirements


  • Willingness to travel as needed

  • Willingness to work extended hours when need to meet critical deadlines


  • 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.

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