Materials Process Engineer

Hawthorne, CA, USA | SpaceX

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    Entrepreneur / Owner
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    1-3 years
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This role would be on the materials engineering team, supporting high pressure die casting. The materials engineering team supports materials across SpaceX via identification, development, and implementation of advanced materials and processes. You will work closely with our engineering teams in the early phases of high pressure die casting process development and equipment commissioning to drive the development of aluminum die casting at the company, including the future integration and commissioning of a die-casting foundry at SpaceX. Through your work in this role, you will be enabling SpaceX to manufacture a truly unique product line of user terminals to connect people on Earth with Starlink satellite internet.


Specify, design, install, commission and validate intelligent equipment to support die casting applications

Lead process development of the die cast process through parameter optimization, DOE experiments, and trials that will lead to a robust process

Work closely with product design engineering teams to define requirements

Lead the subassembly and system level manufacturing line processes, oversee the design and assembly of tools, fixtures and automated assembly equipment or approve all manufacturing-related aluminum casting and new assembly integration procedures

Oversee operator instructions, critical parameters, checklists and training materials for all casting operations, update special equipment service manuals including BOMs, drawings, wiring schematics, recommended needed processes, technical expertise, and tooling for optimization of production runs

Diagnose equipment failures, collect data to identify root causes and develop sustainable solutions


Bachelor’s degree in materials engineering, mechanical engineering or similar engineering discipline

2+ years of experience in high pressure aluminum die casting process design, manufacturing engineering, equipment commissioning, robot programming and control systems design


Master’s degree or PhD Degree in Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or similar engineering discipline

Exceptional understanding of the interactions between the high pressure die casting process conditions (e.g. die temperature, die & tip lube application, shot profile, etc.) influence the metallurgical and structural integrity of cast aluminum components

4+ years of experience in high pressure aluminum die casting process design, manufacturing engineering, equipment commissioning, robot programming and control systems design

Experience developing manufacturing processes for new and unique products

Experience transitioning products from prototype to production

Experience defining and assessing quality standards associated with common manufacturing processes including drawing specifications, limit samples, and incoming/outgoing quality control points with a proven track-record of shepherding products from tool release to mass production

Experience with manufacturing process like injection molding, CNC, die casting, stamping, assembly, and box build in a production setting and a good understanding of the costs and schedule and complexity associated with each process

Experience creating & maintaining a positive atmosphere in a collaborative work team