Manufacturing Engineer
Supply Chain, Raptor
Posted on 3/24/2023

10,001+ employees

Designs, manufactures, & launches rockets and spacecrafts
Company Overview
SpaceX's mission is to make humanity multiplanetary. The company is working on a next generation of fully reusable launch vehicles that will be the most powerful ever built, capable of carrying humans to Mars and other destinations in the solar system.
West Athens, CA, USA
Experience Level
Operations & Logistics
Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 3+ years of experience with manufacturing and/or inspection of mechanical products in a production environment
  • Experience with machining and ancillary operations such as milling, turning, grinding, EDM of materials
  • Experience with interpreting engineering drawings and models, Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Experience with inspection systems including manual gauges and coordinate-measuring machine (CMM)
  • Broad familiarity of valves, motors, mechanisms, interconnects, solenoids, potentiometers, life support, thermal control systems, and turbomachinery
  • Knowledge of electromechanical assembly and test processes, with a hands-on approach to understand how systems work
  • Knowledge of supplier quality processes (production part approval process (PPAP), advanced product quality planning, first article inspection reports (FAI), etc.)
  • Knowledge of statistical techniques and methods, e.g., design of experiments, Lean, Six Sigma, etc
  • Experience with quality systems (ISO 9000/TS/AS9100/NADCAP) and MRP/ERP systems
  • Disciplined approach to problem solving - 8D
  • Proficient in MS Office and Excel applications and report writing
  • Experience with sharing information and influencing others across organizational lines, internally and externally
  • Must be able to travel - up to 60-85% work week travel may be required, including international travel
  • Must be able to work extended hours and/or weekends as needed to meet major milestones
  • This position is based in Hawthorne, CA and requires being onsite - remote work not considered
  • Valid driver's license mandatory
  • 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
  • Act as the technical point of contact for assigned parts, solving emergent challenges at suppliers and mitigating risk to the manifest by addressing high-impact manufacturing and quality challenges
  • Conduct design for manufacturing (DFM) reviews to ensure parts are manufacturable at early stages of design, prior to sourcing and iteratively throughout production
  • Own the NPI process and qualifications at a supplier for new parts, drawing changes, or when re-sourcing existing parts to a new supplier
  • Drive continuous process improvements and statistical process control (SPC) for new and existing processes
  • Review product nonconformance's on assigned parts and solve to the root cause, implementing changes at the supplier, at SpaceX or both, as appropriate, drive further actions to closure, and re-source to new suppliers where appropriate
  • Create and disposition product nonconformance's where needed, working with engineering counterparts to implement, but not limited to, required re-work, repair or use as-is disposition
  • Become thoroughly familiar with your assigned parts and the processes that make up the overall assembly and become the primary point of contact for supply chain related defects on your parts
  • Work with procurement to find exceptional suppliers and vet them appropriately for quality and ability to meet our aggressive takt times
  • Drive the PPAP program to ensure stable supply, reduce inspection oversight and improve overall delivery time
  • Demonstrate innovation, technical excellence, attention to detail, self-direction and courage
  • Drive for results and customer satisfaction by collaborating with teams, leading projects and continuously driving improvement in the supply base
  • Lead containment activities on assigned parts, working with cross-functional counterparts to agree on scope, path forward and ultimate resolution