1+ months

NDE Level II Inspector, Penetrant Inspection (PT) - 2nd Shift

Hawthorne, CA 90250

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.


A NDE Level II Inspector position at SpaceX sits within the quality control network supporting production as part of the NDE organization within Materials Engineering department. The NDE function is organized within focused production area cells alongside the production activities utilizing multiple and varied inspection methods to efficiently provide quality control and protect product reliability.


  • Perform surface inspections with dye penetrant materials
  • Interpret and evaluate results on a range of different weldments, castings, forgings, and materials produced from different methods
  • Perform visual inspections
  • Communicate and report findings to production and engineering
  • Interpret and review engineering drawings as required
  • Support the development of NDE inspection techniques for complex geometries
  • Assist in training and developing others within the team
  • Support research and development in to system qualification and certification for critical processes


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 3+ years of experience as a level II non-destructive inspector
  • NDT Level II certification in line with ASNT TC-1A/NAS-410 guidance in dye penetrant (PT) and visual testing (VT)


  • Operational experience in the use of a range of facilities/tools including manual application, dip tanks, electro static
  • Experience in the use of florescent materials such as method A and C
  • Experience in the inspection of advanced materials such as high strength aluminum alloys, precipitation hardened steels, Inconel titanium and maraging steel (super alloys)
  • Experience in the interpretation of AMS, AWS/ASME, ASTM standards
  • Experience in inspecting products made via manufacturing processes such as: MIG, TIG, EB, orbital tube welding, friction stir welding and laser welding
  • NAS 410 level II certification in dye penetrant and visual inspection
  • Radiation safety trained
  • Knowledge of NASA 5009 standards
  • Problem solving tools and techniques: practical problem solving (PPS), eight disciples (8D)
  • Basic understanding of lean principles: 5S, kaizen, continuous improvement initiatives
  • Basic computer skills: Microsoft applications - Word, Power Point, Excel


  • Ability to lift 25 lbs unassisted, bend, stretch, stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, reach, twist, sit, and walk
  • Willingness to work overtime and on weekends when need to meet critical deadlines
  • This is a 2nd shift role working from 3:30 PM - 12 AM


  • 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.


Posted: 2021-03-04 Expires: 2021-06-03

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