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.
SR. MANUFACTURING ENGINEER, SUPPLY CHAIN (DRAGON & FALCON)
This position will support our Dragon and Falcon program and requires a combination of proven leadership and technical capabilities. This is a highly technical position that requires practical experience in process engineering and new product development through to stabilized production for the machined components and assemblies used in rockets and rocket engines. The ideal candidate will have a broad understanding of the machining and assembly of metallic components and associated processes with the desire and capability to take on new challenges in unfamiliar areas to help enable our mission to Mars.
- 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
- Review issues 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 issue tickets 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
- Conduct design for manufacturing (DFM) reviews to ensure parts are manufacturable at early stages, preferably prior to sourcing
- Own the new product introduction (NPI) process at a suppliers for new parts, drawing changes, or when re-sourcing existing parts to a new supplier
- Drive the production part approval process (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
- Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
- 5+ years of experience with manufacturing and/or inspection of mechanical products in a production environment
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Master’s degree in engineering or business
- Experience with machining and ancillary operations such as milling, turning, and tube cutting of materials
- Experience with interpreting engineering drawings and models; GD&T, etc
- Broad familiarity of valves, motors, mechanisms, interconnects, solenoids, potentiometers, life support and thermal control systems is a plus
- Broad familiarity with TIG, MIG and orbital tube welding of stainless and carbon steels is a plus
- Knowledge of supplier quality processes (production part approval process, advanced product quality planning, first article inspection reports, 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
- Proficient in SQL and PowerBI
- 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
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
- To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be 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.
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