NDE Level II Technician - Radiography Inspection (RT)
 Brownsville, TX

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 technician position at SpaceX sits within the quality control network supporting production as part of the NDE organization within Build Reliability 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 volumetric NDE inspections with advanced radiographic techniques: traditional analogue, computed and direct digital
  • Perform near surface NDE inspections with dye penetrant and visual inspection methods
  • Interpret, evaluate, communicate and report findings to production and engineering
  • Interpret and review engineering drawings as required
  • Optimize and manipulate digital images for maximum clarity and accuracy
  • Support the development of NDE inspection techniques for complex geometries
  • Assist in training and developing others within the team
  • Support research and development of system qualification and certification for critical processes


  • High school diploma or GED equivalent
  • 2+ years of experience as a Level II non-destructive evaluation/testing technician
  • NDE Level II certification in line with ASNT TC-1A/NAS-410 guidance in Radiography (RT)


  • Radiation safety training/certification with IRRSP X-ray card
  • Minimum 3 months of experience performing digital radiography
  • Computed or direct digital certification
  • Operational experience of utilizing digital radiography systems
  • NDE Level II certification in line with ASNT-TC-1A guidance in dye penetrant (PT) and visual inspection (VT)
  • Certified weld inspector status (CWI)
  • Basic computer skills and familiarity with Microsoft applications including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.
  • Knowledge of carestream, virtual media integration (VMI), or YXLON imaging kits
  • Experience operating computed panels, scanners and direct digital panels
  • Experience inspecting advanced materials such as high strength aluminum alloys, precipitation hardened steels, inconel, titanium and maraging steel (super alloys)
  • Knowledge of NASA 5009 standards
  • Knowledge of AMS, AWS/ASME, ASTM, etc.
  • Problem solving tools and techniques: practical problem solving (PPS), Eight Disciples (8D)
  • Basic understanding of lean principles: 5s, Kaizen, continuous improvement initiatives


  • 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 if 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.

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