Flight Hardware TIG Welder

El Segundo, California /
Manufacturing – Manufacturing /
/ On-site
ABL Space Systems was founded in 2017 by veterans of SpaceX and Morgan Stanley to develop low-cost launch vehicles for the small satellite industry. More importantly, we’re building a launch system we are truly proud of – no gimmicks or over-design, just reliable, rapidly deployable launches. We’re an ambitious team with big goals and, together, we’re determined to prove that reaching space can be simple, efficient, and routine.  

When launch day arrives, we want you by our side

As a flight hardware TIG welder, you will be responsible for building the primary structure (tanks) of our rocket, high and low pressure tubing, and various other flight critical parts.  No two days will be quite the same, as ABL Is a relatively small and flexible company.  Today you might be welding the most critical aluminum circumferential weld on the primary structure, while tomorrow you might be welding exotic refractory elements on a sub-millimeter scale.  Communication and written word skills are key.  As a startup, by definition our parts are In development, so communication with engineering and management, both verbally and written, is paramount to our success.  As a flight hardware welder, you will support all other operations, as everything else attaches to the assemblies you will build.  Without a good foundation, a house (rocket) will crumble.  It Is our job to build that foundation, so all the other disciplines have a stable footing to build on.


    • TIG weld a variety of materials: aluminum alloys, stainless steel alloys, nickel alloys, refractory alloys
    • Interpret and read blueprints and work Instructions
    • Provide feedback to engineering
    • Cut, form, bend, and grind various metallic assemblies
    • Perform basic weld Inspections


    • 5+ years TIG welding
    • Experience welding aluminum alloys, stainless steel alloys, and steel alloys
    • Experience reading and Interpret blueprints
    • Experience reading and Interpret various measurement devices; caliper, pi tape, tape measure, angle finder, etc.
    • Experience using various power tools; vertical band saw, horizontal band saw, bench grinder, pedestal belt sander, etc
    • Experience using various handheld power tools; die grinder, pencil grinder, drill, router, circular saw, dynafile, etc


    • 3+ years TIG welding in the aerospace industry
    • Basic machining ability (manual lathe, manual mill)
    • Experience MIG welding
    • Computer literacy skills; PowerPoint, Word, Excel, etc.


    • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time
    • Ability to life 50 pounds with reasonable accommodations
    • Ability to use a computer to complete assignments
    • Ability to communicate with individuals and groups in person, by phone and telepresence
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will typically work in an office environment
The hourly rate for this role is $23 - $38.40. This is the lowest to highest salary we reasonably and in good faith believe we would pay for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range, and the range may be modified in the future. An employee’s pay position within the salary range will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, performance, and business or organizational needs.
We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance, and 401(k) to eligible employees.

ITAR Requirement
This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations.  As such, US person status (including US citizens, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) is a required qualification for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.