Lead Manufacturing Engineer
Starlink Injection Molding
Posted on 3/15/2023

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.
Austin, TX, USA
Experience Level
Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor's degree in aerospace, mechanical, systems, electrical, or manufacturing engineering
  • 1+ years of direct leadership experience or project leadership scope
  • Master's degree in an engineering discipline
  • Previous experience leading team of high performing engineers and/or specialists
  • Ability to design tooling for high volume manufacturing
  • Ability to develop and maintain high performing suppliers and contract manufacturers
  • Experience working in a highly adaptive and iterative environment
  • Experience implementing automation into production processes
  • Experience transitioning products from design to manufacturing and scaling to high volume as part of a cross-functional team
  • Experience with design of experiments, gauge repeatability and reproducibility, and process qualifications
  • Experience defining production data requirements and statistical process control
  • Experience integrating electromechanical assemblies with both manual and automated processes
  • Experience with NX and Teamcenter
  • Experience working with and defining requirements for ERP, MRP and MES systems
  • Must be willing and able to work extended hours and/or weekends with minimal notification as needed
  • Able to travel for business trips as needed (up to 70%) to Hawthorne, CA for initial training (3-4 months) and up to 10% on an ongoing basis
  • 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
  • Lead a team of manufacturing engineers responsible for development of plastic injection molding and high pressure die casting manufacturing processes for Starlink hardware
  • Implement plug-and-play processes to production that are capable of high-volume throughput (1M+ per year)
  • Align department initiatives with the goals and responsibilities of the manufacturing engineering team
  • Lead overall manufacturing development strategy for the areas under ownership for key metrics: quality, delivery, and cost. Actively measure team's performance against these metrics
  • Manage team's technical documentation strategy and ensure records are up-to-date
  • Manage and mentor other manufacturing engineers and interns on the team. Evaluate project scope according to team's skillset including labor and resourcing estimation
  • Oversee team's recruiting activities
  • Take direct ownership of the physical production layout, optimizing for material flow from material receiving through processes on the line
  • Manage strategy for production line tooling, inventory, training and build process and ensure all are updated according to the latest design configuration
  • Responsible for influencing design to increase product manufacturability
  • Drive design for test (DFT) best practices and design for manufacturing (DFM) with design engineers and test engineers
  • Identify automation opportunities and establish requirements as well as evaluating return on investment for each. Work with in-house resources or vendors as necessary to develop these solutions and implement on production line
  • Support production line with technical issues that cannot be addressed immediately on the line