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NDE Specialist

Stoke Space

Stoke Space

Kent, WA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, May 29, 2024

A thriving economy in space is needed to make life on Earth more vibrant, sustainable, and equitable. Space technology will enable global access to information, solutions to climate change, answers to global food security, products that transform healthcare, clean energy production, and more. Today, rocket launch options are slow, expensive, and unreliable. Stoke is building the world’s most efficient fully and rapidly reusable rocket designed to fly daily that will radically increase access to space and open up the space economy to safeguard our precious home, Earth.


Reusable systems are the key to seamlessly connecting Earth and space. We are seeking a full-time NDE Specialist to join our dynamic team. The purpose of this role is to design and execute inspection methods for welded structures at Stoke. You will be responsible for developing processes, designing tooling, and helping define the inspection criteria for the product to enable the production of a fully reusable rocket that is simple to produce. A qualified candidate will take a first principles approach in helping define Stoke inspection methods, execute on inspections, and justify acceptance criteria for ourselves and our customers. You must be ready to stay focused, move fast, self-direct, and learn on the fly.

You will assist manufacturing AS9100 certification efforts with high efficiency and low overhead input; targeting a minimum viable product result which acts to advance company quality documentation while preserving a culture of nimble development and fast iteration.


  • Inspect Stoke welds in process, partnering with welders to deliver products per print expediently
  • Interface with engineers to align on inspection requirements and capabilities, inspection method selection, interpretation, and evaluation of data
  • Qualification and deployment of new inspection processes including documentation and execution
  • Design, prototype, and implement nondestructive sensor systems to solve manufacturing quality problems
  • Support targets and goals such as increased probability of detection, reduced cycle time, right first-time manufacture/assembly, and indication/defect reduction
  • Develop technology in emerging nondestructive methodologies for assembly, additive, and structures departments
  • Manage priorities and support a host of products simultaneously
  • Use empirical data to improve design and performance of NDE systems
  • Develop and deliver advanced nondestructive evaluation inspection solutions
  • Embody and instill Stoke values and company culture throughout organization
  • Lead in the identification, down selection, and purchase of capital inspections equipment and tooling
  • Maintain close relationships and communications with internal design customers, provide design-for-manufacturability input


  • 2+ years of experience as a Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)
  • Extensive knowledge of AWS
  • Working knowledge of surface and subsurface NDE methodologies
  • Meeting the requirements of a general vision examination
  • Nondestructive Evaluation Level II or III certification in one of the following methods: Eddy current (ET), radiography (RT), digital radiography (DR), dye penetrant (PT), visual inspection (VT), computed radiography (CR)
  • Ability to lead
  • Ability to follow
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Willing to relocate to Seattle, WA


  • Medical, dental, vision and basic life insurance
  • 401(k) match
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Equity


Target Levels:

  • Level 3: $38.22 - $57.31/hour
  • Level 4: $46.68 - $70.05/hour

Our job posts are intentionally written to attract a wide variety of experience levels, and we make decisions about the right fit on a per-candidate basis.

Your actual level and base salary will be decided based on your specific experience and skill level.

Equal Opportunity

The Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer, including with respect to disability and veteran status. It is committed to compliance with all equal opportunity laws, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and Title VII. It does not discriminate on the basis of nationality, race, citizenship, immigration status, or any other protected class when it comes to employment practices, including hiring.

Employment at the Company is contingent upon satisfactory completion of reference and background checks, and on your ability to prove your identity and authorization to work in the U.S. for the Company. Employees must comply with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services employment verification requirements, and, therefore, they must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 at the start of employment and re-verify authorization to work periodically.

Separate from this I-9 process, this position entails access to certain technology and technical data that is restricted under U.S. export control laws and regulations. Employment or continued employment may be conditioned on your legal authorization to work with or have access to export control materials as necessary to perform your job.