Quality Inspector (Build Reliability)

Hawthorne, CA, United States

Full Time Clearance required
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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.


Our quality inspectors are responsible for being the last line of defense in assuring mission success. You will perform in-process inspections and verify that all key performance and design characteristics are met or exceeded during launch preparation and recovered booster processing. You will be working hands on with the most cutting edge rocket technology currently available and will be part of history. This position will be supporting the Quality Inspection team at the SpaceX Valve Factory, which is responsible for the most critical components of our Dragon and Falcon programs.


  • Perform in-process and final end to end inspections on flight hardware.
  • Document production and test anomalies in accordance with prescribed procedures and processes as required.
  • Communicate and help resolve quality related issues as they relate to the site and other SpaceX locations.
  • Process non-conforming product and assist engineering in root cause analysis and corrective action.
  • Routinely observe technical operations and offer guidance and/or serve as an additional technical resource.
  • Determine manufacturing compliance to NASA and customer, as well as internal, specifications to meet launch and mission requirements.
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment.


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate.
  • 2+ years inspection experience in an aerospace environment.


  • Associate degree or higher in quality, engineering, or related field.
  • Military experience.
  • FAA Airframe and Power plant license.
  • Experience with quality assurance principles, methods, and processes.
  • Experience with avionics and electrical systems.
  • Experience with aerospace propulsion and principles.
  • Experience with aerospace structures.
  • Experience with satellite assemblies.
  • Experience with ground support equipment (GSE), fluid systems, mechanical systems, and general associated equipment.
  • Strong knowledge and experience in aerospace standards.
  • Intermediate level skill with Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook).
  • Intermediate level skill with Windows operating systems.
  • Secret clearance or above.


  • General physical fitness is required for some work areas, flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity.
  • Willing to work overtime as needed.


  • 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.

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