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Weld Production Manager

ABL Space Systems

ABL Space Systems

El Segundo, CA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 2024
ABL Space Systems is driven by the vision that in ten years, missions to space will launch every day from around the world. We’ve set out to assure global access to space through the development of a low-cost launch vehicle and a modular ground system, RS1 and GS0.
Behind our business model is an exceptional team. Engineers, technicians and operators at ABL thrive on creating simple yet effective systems to tackle the challenge that space launch presents.
Launch is just the beginning. Join ABL in paving the way for the next-generation space platform.
We are looking for a talented Weld Manager to oversee our flight vehicle and ground support equipment welding operations. The Weld Manager will lead a team of TIG and MIG welders, ensuring that welding projects are completed safely, efficiently, and to the highest quality standards. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in both TIG and MIG welding techniques, as well as proven leadership abilities.


  • Lead and mentor a team of welders, fostering a culture of collaboration, excellence, and continuous improvement. Responsible for hiring, performance management and training of team.
  • Strategize and coordinate welding activities to meet production schedules and project milestones.
  • Conduct regular inspections of welds to ensure compliance with quality standards and specifications, completing root cause investigations when issues arise.
  • Collaborate with engineering and production teams to optimize welding processes and resolve technical issues, being a driving force for continual improvements.
  • Champion a safety-first mindset by enforcing strict adherence to safety protocols and procedures.
  • Establish best practices and standards for the welding team, authoring specifications and driving work order improvements.
  • Ensure compliance with welding codes, safety regulations and company policies.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Welding Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or a related field OR equivalent experience in welding management.
  • At least 5 years as a Weld Production Manager or similar role in a manufacturing environment.
  • Working knowledge of welding techniques, equipment, and materials.


  • Previous experience with TIG and MIG welding.
  • Welding certifications (e.g., AWS) are desirable.
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate and manage a diverse team.
  • Solid understanding of production planning, scheduling, and inventory management.
  • Ability to analyze data and implement continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Familiarity with welding codes and standards (e.g., AWS, ASME).
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills.


  • Travel between sites may be required.
  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time
  • 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
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, U.S. permanent residents, individuals granted U.S. asylum status, or individuals admitted in U.S. refugee status) 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.