Relativity Space
We are building the future of aerospace.
Long Beach, CA, USA

Senior Friction Stir Weld Technician

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Company Overview:  

At Relativity Space, we have two audacious goals: to build the next great commercial launch company with Terran R and to become America's leading force in additive manufacturing innovation. Both contribute to our long-term vision of creating humanity’s industrial base on Mars, paving the way for interplanetary life to expand the possibilities of the human experience. This journey begins right here on Earth – where we design, build, and fly rockets to deliver customer payloads to orbit. Terran R, our medium-to-heavy lift reusable rocket, fulfills the growing demand for launch capacity, thanks to our iterative approach that accelerates design, testing, and development while minimizing costs. While our groundbreaking research and development in 3D printing pushes the boundaries of large-scale additive manufacturing.

Your journey with us is more than just a job – it’s an opportunity to shape the future of aerospace technology, additive manufacturing, and the human experience alongside a community of passionate, creative individuals. Join us on this extraordinary journey, as we work together to transform our vision into reality.

About the Team:  

The Friction Stir Welding team will play a crucial role in the manufacturability of our aerospace vehicles, ensuring they meet safety and performance standards. The Friction Stir Welding team is responsible for developing and manufacturing aerospace barrel assemblies using the latest FSW technologies. This position requires in-depth knowledge of aerospace materials, welding processes, and a commitment to excellence in the aerospace industry.   

Our Senior Friction Stir Welding Technicians will begin on first shift, with eventual transition/opportunity to move to second or third shift. Shift Hours: 1st Shift, 6:00 AM – 2:30 PM; 2nd Shift, 2:00 PM – 10:30 PM; 3rd Shift, 10:00 PM – 6:30 AM  

About the Role:

  • Develop Manufacturing Processes: Collaborate with engineering and technician teams to develop and productionize Friction Stir Welding processes which will include:
    • Bringing new equipment online
    • Aiding in weld parameter and program development
    • Helping set up the production shop floor following 5S principles
    • Completing the first frictions stir welds on both development and flight hardware 
  • Production Processes: Lead day to day production tasks which will include:
    • Loading and unloading panels and/or barrels with the use of overhead cranes
    • Installing structural mechanical piece parts
    • Performing panel dimensional fitment inspections
    • Accurately use precision measuring tools such as micrometers, calipers, and torque wrenches
    • Operating FSW machinery to execute weld programs
    • Performing visual weld inspections  
    • Perform precision blending using hand tools to prepare metallic surfaces for welding and non-destructive evaluation 
  • Problem Solving: Identify and resolve issues in the manufacturing machinery process, which could include defects in materials, equipment malfunctions, or inefficiencies in production methods. 
  • Safety: Ensure all operations are being run in accordance to Relativity Space standards 
  • Teamwork: Foster and inclusive environment for all members of the team. 

About You:

  • High school diploma or equivalency certification 
  • 5+ years of aerospace mechanical experience or related field 
  • 3+ years experience with friction stir welding (Aluminum 2195 preferred) 
  • Experience in using common inspection tools and torque wrenches 
  • Ability to adapt in fast paced environments 
  • Ability to work at heights 
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs 

Nice to haves but not required:  

  • Experience with rigging and crane operations 
  • Proficient use of Microsoft Office 
  • Strong understanding of aerospace materials 
  • Strong knowledge of relevant aerospace industry standards and specifications 
  • Effective communication skills 
  • Engineering or tool design 
  • Experience working with NDT Processes 
  • Proficiency with CNC machining, Robotics, and/or FSW programming 
  • Use in-depth familiarity of GD&T to interpret blueprints and/or inspections at all assembly levels 

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual L&D stipend and more! 

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

The below-range represents Relativity Space’s current good-faith pay scale for this role.  Relativity Space reserves the right to modify or update this range at any time.
Compensation is only one part of our entire total rewards package. To see some of the benefits & perks we offer, please visit here:

Hiring Range:

$33.15$42.90 USD

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What are Relativity Space Perks + Benefits

Relativity Space Benefits Overview

We are committed to our team member's health, well-being, and growth!

Volunteer in local community
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Quarterly engagement surveys
Flexible work schedule
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Diversity recruitment program
Health Insurance + Wellness
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
We provide 5 tiers of coverage through Anthem--2 of which are almost completely free for employees.
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
Company equity
Relativity Space provides equity to all full time employees, vesting over a 4 year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Fertility benefits
We partner with Carrot Fertility
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Relativity Space offers 20 days of PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Relativity Space has quarterly off sites reviews, monthly celebration dinners, and regular social events
Free snacks and drinks
A wide variety of snacks are provided
Some meals provided
Weekly lunches for lunch and learn, all hands, and new hire lunches are provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Bi-weekly happy hours/socials
Onsite office parking
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Mother's room
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Every other week, we host a lunch and learn to get learn about the exciting work other teams are doing!
Promote from within
Continuing education stipend
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Employees receive a $500 learning stipend per calendar year. This stipend provides our employees with the opportunity to develop their professional skills. They may use this stipend to attend seminars, conferences, educational courses, webinars, or receive coaching.

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