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.
BUILD RELIABILITY ENGINEER (COMPOSITES)
The Build Reliability organization at SpaceX is an inter-disciplinary team that ensures the reliability of flight components and production assemblies. Your breadth of exposure as a Build Reliability Engineer will be immense as you partner with every other core group at SpaceX, guiding the hardware from cradle to grave. You use data-driven decision making to actively represent quality objectives in design and development teams and to drive improvements in reliability on the manufacturing floor. You have the ability to dive deep on the details to identify and solve difficult technical problems, but you can also utilize a system level approach to prioritize issues for the vehicle as a whole. You thrive in a hands-on environment and will spend time in the office, on the factory floor, and in the lab to execute on the mission to bring the capability of flying astronauts back to the United States.
- Partner with Vehicle Engineering and Production teams during all development phases to analyze and create reliability plans for vehicle programs including identification of key characteristics, prototype testing for manufacturability, first article and detailed inspection planning, evaluation of previous non-conformance and lessons learned, and other manufacturing and quality tools as required
- Lead, facilitate, and participate in root cause investigations in product manufacturing work centers
- Lead the development of test plans and processes and partner with inspectors to ensure quality goals are met in a timely manner
- Lead first build reviews to ensure transparency of design intent, design requirements, design and manufacturing risks, and manufacturability of design
- Lead containment of all suspect product including but not limited to providing guidance to quality inspectors, technicians, and shop supervisors to assist in quarantining of all suspect product
- Design and develop inspection plans as required for process or design changes, ensure inspection/test criteria are objective with clear pass/fail criteria, and assess new processes for safety and product risks
- Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering, manufacturing engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, or engineering physics
- 2+ year years in a quality, manufacturing, or design engineering role (student project team or internship experience is also applicable)
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Master’s degree in aerospace engineering, manufacturing engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, electrical engineering, or engineering physics
- Experience supporting production of complex mechanical or advanced composites systems in high volume work centers and/or during production ramp-up
- Hands on knowledge of prepreg lamination, oven cure, CNC trimming, bonding, drilling, fastening, and other composites manufacturing processes
- Demonstrated application of process controls in high volume manufacturing, test, and quality processes
- Experience with process based manufacturing (pharmaceutical, chemical, oil/gas production, composites)
- Knowledge of quality tools such as Lean principles, Six Sigma, Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action, Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Metrology, Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (PFMEA), Control Plans, and various problem solving approaches
- Dedicated to adopting a Lean approach to quality without compromising safety or reliability
- Ability to work extended hours, weekends, and offsite as needed. Some travel may be required.
- 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.
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