SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


As a Lead Manufacturing Engineer at SpaceX you will have the opportunity to utilize your knowledge, experience and creativity to develop novel solutions at the cutting edge of space technology.  You will work on avionics systems that will ferry humans to and from the International Space Station and ultimately extend humanity’s reach beyond the earth and moon.  You will own the relationship between our development and production teams.  You will provide input into the design and development of new and existing hardware and take a lead role in manufacturing and integration on our current and next generation launch vehicles and spacecraft.


  • Lead a team of engineers in the New Product Introduction and Sustaining Engineering of Avionics hardware.
  • Provide mentorship and technical guidance to junior engineers.
  • Stand as a technical expert in electromechanical design for manufacturability and assembly.
  • Aggressively drive and implement process improvements to reduce assembly hours and build cost.
  • Fully develop and implement future state production systems for all products.
  • Oversee all process functions, document control and continuous improvement within avionics processes as assigned. This includes driving PDR, CDR and MRR deliverables, PFMEA’s, tool design and verification, make/buy decisions, new process definition and qualification, capacity and capital requirements, work instructions, specifications, supply chain development, etc.


  • Bachelors of science in engineering.
  • 3 years of experience in a manufacturing environment.
  • Experience with end-to-end printed circuit board fabrication and assembly.
  • Experience with electro-mechanical assembly.
  • Experience implementing Design for Manufacture and Design for Test.


  • Masters of science in electrical, mechanical, manufacturing, or aerospace engineering.
  • Demonstrated experience training and mentoring junior engineers.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a highly adaptive and iterative environment.
  • Ability to influence other organizations through strong engineering/business rationale and data.
  • Ability to effectively organize, assign and track work/deliverables.
  • Ability to develop manufacturing strategies based on specialized business needs.
  • Experience transitioning products from design to manufacturing as part of a cross-functional team.
  • Experience with Altium Designer, NX and Teamcenter.
  • Experience with SQL databases.
  • Ability to define scope of work independently and execute accordingly.
  • Ability to identify and analyze production process improvements for rate and quality.
  • Experience with PCB, PCBA and Electromechanical assembly processes.
  • Working experience in an AS9100 or equivalent quality system.
  • Ability to create and deliver presentations for PDR, CDR, MRR Project Update, etc.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.


  • Must be willing to travel up to 10% of the time.
  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg.
  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed.


  • 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.  

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.


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