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SpaceX Tooling Technician - Temporary in Brownsville, Texas

Tooling Technician - Temporary

at SpaceX

Brownsville, TX, 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.


Work as part of a team of elite individuals building and improving the production and tooling systems at our rocket facilities. Be there on the ground floor, getting your hands dirty and contributing directly to the success of future missions.


  • Interpret blueprints at all assembly levels and apply welding blueprint knowledge to the fabrication process

  • Apply creative solutions through the use of our growing fleet of field machining equipment

  • Ensure operations can be performed safely while meeting SpaceX quality standards

  • Translate metrology data from inspection reports to final machined surfaces

  • Perform spur of the moment design and machining to solve unpredictable field problems

  • Maintain an orderly environment that retains maximum utility for all team members

  • Creatively fabricate support equipment ranging from shelves to temporary machine structures to maintenance weld repair/buildup

  • Apply an in-depth knowledge of rigging large, heavy, and imbalanced components using overhead cranes, gantries, mobile cranes, and other lifting devices

  • Maintain all components in optimal condition during the assembly and disassembly process

  • Work directly with engineering to give feedback and improve designs


  • 2+ years of professional experience in a manufacturing environment having a background in one or more of the follow: tooling, machining, structural/mechanical assembly, maintenance, and metrology (e.g. performing inspections, using CMMs, portable arms, optics, or laser trackers)


  • Demonstrated ability to use Leica Laser Trackers and Verisurf software for dimensional checks

  • Demonstrated ability to use precision hand measuring tools

  • Demonstrated ability to use hand tools such as drills, grinders, routers, saws etc. as usage relates to tooling

  • Associate degree in metrology or machining

  • Completion of an accredited apprenticeship program

  • Experience with weld fabrication and able to pass a welding skills test for cutting, fitting, stick, TiG, and MiG on semi exotic materials

  • Experience with Millwright operations

  • Understanding of the manufacturing process of large structures from concept to completion

  • Ability to visualize 3D space and integrate complex geometries on to both large and small fabrications

  • Ability to apply GD&T with discretion relative to the assembly’s function

  • Ability to pass a machining skill test

  • Ability to use and learn a variety of software to observe, analyze, evaluate, and communicate pertinent information

  • Ability to use 3D CAD and PLM Software

  • Ability to run conventional machines including: mills, lathes, grinders, saws and presses

  • Demonstrated leadership and dependability

  • Ability to adapt to an extremely dynamic work environment while maintaining a positive attitude

  • Ability to find solutions to problems through diverse thinking while utilizing a varied experience

  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions exactly

  • Demonstrable ability to use Microsoft Office software

  • Ability to work independently at times and complete the task at hand

  • Ability to obtain forklift, man lift, crane and other certifications as required to perform duties

  • Ability to maintain the highest level of safety on the jobsite and bring new ideas of how to continue to work safely and effectively in new locations and changing environments


  • Available to work all required shift hours and be available to work overtime and weekends, as needed

  • Ability to lift 25-30 lbs, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying may be required to perform the functions of this position


  • 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.