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NDE Level III Specialist (UT, RT, or ET)

Swarm Technologies

Swarm Technologies

hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2024

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.


Nondestructive Evaluation Level III Specialists at SpaceX perform at a high level of leadership among a group of method Specialists and Engineers that interface across different sites and departments.

The primary function of this role is to develop and deliver the best inspection solutions possible. This role must interface between initial R&D, engineering, production, and the wider build reliability teams to develop and select the appropriate technologies, specifications, processes, and procedures to support ambitious targets and goals. Targets and goals include increased probability of detection, reduced cycle time, right-first-time manufacture and assembly, and indication/defect reduction. Principle technical understanding of a range of NDE methodologies and wide industry knowledge of best practices, tools, equipment, and procedures are needed to ensure we have the best possible solutions deployed to maintain compliance and ensure our launch vehicles maintain safety, reliability, and efficient performance for our customers.


  • Build relationships with cross-functional groups to understand mission needs
  • Lead the on-site development for operational improvement and optimization
  • Technology Development:
    • Systems & tooling selection
    • Market research and investigation
    • System testing and trials
    • System evaluation and qualification including probability of detection studies
  • Process Development:
    • Method process documentation
    • Part specific technique development, testing, qualification, documentation & deployment
    • Engineering drawing interpretation and engineering specifications
  • NDE Operations Technical Support:
    • System level operations maintenance & support definition
    • Production cell technical oversight: Troubleshooting, complex problem solving
    • Continuous improvement: Method accuracy, process efficiency, reliability and speed
    • Review and understand supplier issues, recommending appropriate actions
  • Technician Qualification and Certification:
    • Method training framework definition
    • Class room training selection
    • Written tests, practical exams, and administration of general and specific tests


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • Nondestructive Evaluation Level III certification in line with ASNT TC-1A, NAS-410, or DOD guidance in one of the following methods: Ultrasonic (UT/PAUT), radiography (RT), or eddy current (ET)


  • 5+ years of experience in nondestructive evaluation/testing,
  • Experience in engineering, production, or manufacturing
  • Experience with quality systems (ISO 9000/AS9100/NADCAP)
  • Knowledge of quality processes (approvals, quality planning, first article inspections, etc.)
  • Expertise interpreting 2D engineering drawings and model drawings
  • Knowledge of AMS, AWS/ASME, ASTM
  • Problem solving tools and techniques: Practical Problem Solving, 8D
  • Basic computer skills: Microsoft office applications - Word, Power Point, Excel
  • Good written, oral, and presentation skills
  • College degree in an engineering-related discipline
  • Knowledge of NASA 5009 standards


  • Ability to work flexible hours and occasional weekend support as needed
  • Ability to work at elevated heights occasionally (scissor lifts and articulated boom lifts)
  • Ability to pass Space Force / Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg
  • Ability to travel 25% of time to vendors and other SpaceX sites as needed


Pay range:
NDE Level III Specialist: $120,000.00 - $150,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be 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.