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STARLINK MANUFACTURING AUTOMATION ENGINEER (ION PROPULSION TEST)
Do you want to play a key role in delivering high speed broadband internet to underserved communities across the globe? As a Starlink Manufacturing Engineer at SpaceX you will have the opportunity to utilize your creativity and experience to design, build, and implement test systems to support development, qualification, and acceptance testing of flight hardware. The team is looking for an engineer with experience in a manufacturing production environment to help further develop our testing infrastructure and tools.
- Work with a cross-discipline team to scale-up reliable, automated test infrastructure
- Develop modular, reusable test and automation code in python and similar languages for manufacturing and engineering design verification
- Own the development of test equipment from conception to deployment, carefully balancing product specifications, process requirements, complexity, cost, and lead-times
- Contribute to the software tools and frameworks which are used to automate test equipment
- Program automated assembly and test equipment
- Develop data analysis tools to track and report trends in key parameters and interpret failures
- Deploy automated processes and equipment into production
- Work closely with development and design engineers, internal machine shops, and external vendors to make parts that are designed for manufacturability. Lead design and analysis changes to existing production hardware in order to reduce build hours and eliminate non-conformances
- Develop automated robotic work centers including design, analysis, manufacturing, and verification testing of the work centers
- Create and maintain build schedules that list all discrete fabrication and assembly tasks. Ensure that all parts are fabricated, assembled, and/or purchased at the correct time to facilitate the build schedules
- Operate production work centers to ensure on-cost, on-time delivery of both development and production propulsion systems and components
- Lead process improvement projects to continuously enhance production operations on the shop floor
- Manufacturing risk identification and mitigation
- Resolve and analyze manufacturing discrepancies, while interfacing with the quality team (resolving issues for design, fabrication, and assembly)
- Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
- 2+ years of experience in product design, development, fabrication, assembly, or test
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- 1+ years of experience supporting test and automation to maintain production and transition products from development to manufacturing
- Experience with testing of electric propulsion systems
- Capable of writing software in languages such as Python, C#, and C
- Capable of writing PLC code on platforms such as Beckhoff
- Experience developing and operating vacuum chambers including operating support equipment such as RGAs and leak detectors
- Experience automating processes and testing to improve manufacturing yields and reduce production time
- Experience writing SQL queries
- Experience working with mid-high volume manufacturing
- Experience with Siemens NX/Teamcenter, fluid schematics, and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)
- Experience with process development, facility and line layouts, PFMEA, error-proofing, and/or Lean manufacturing
- Experience with design for manufacturability and assembly
- Highly self-motivated and organized with strong written and oral communication skills
- Able to work well in an integrated team including daily interactions with technicians, engineers, and managers
- General physical fitness is required for some work areas, flight hardware is typically built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required
- Physical effort including standing, lifting, and carrying weight such as materials or equipment (0 to 15 lbs.)
- 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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