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Supervisor, SMT (Starship Avionics Production) Jobs in Hawthorne, CA at SpaceX

Title: Supervisor, SMT (Starship Avionics Production)

Company: SpaceX

Location: Hawthorne, CA

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.
Become a part of the Starship team which is working to revolutionize orbital flight and space travel – opening access for humankind to establish new frontiers in space, and ultimately make human kind a multi-planetary species. Our team is not only designing and building some of the finest electrical hardware to have flown in space, but also doing so at a cost and rate previously considered unthinkable in the space industry. Become a part of this fast moving and world class avionics production team, work with super smart and motivated engineers, and achieve truly audacious goals. As a Starship Production SMT Supervisor, you will manage a team of SMT technicians while working closely with manufacturing, design, and software engineers, ultimately driving the transition from initial prototyping to full-scale production.

Coordinate and steer the collective efforts of SMT production technicians
Enforce area standards and run rules (includes bi-annual reviews and disciplinary action)
Interface with area leadership and prioritize work based on production schedule and organizational goals
Schedule risk identification and mitigation
Coordinate support organization efforts to minimize production interruptions
Ensure product quality and conformance to specifications
Process non-conforming hardware to efficiently return them to conforming state and normal product flow
Improve area safety and efficiency through regular auditing and continuous improvement
Optimization of product flow through the factory
Root cause analysis and the implementation of corresponding corrective action plans
Identify and eliminate defects within the area value stream
Reduce downtime for product and personnel
Support efforts to transition product from engineering development to full rate production
Review drawings and technical data packages for manufacturability while providing constructive feedback to engineering/design community
Maintain expertise in all manufacturing processes in your work cell


Bachelor’s degree OR 5+ years of professional experience in a manufacturing/testing environment
1+ years of experience in a manufacturing/testing environment
1+ years of experience leading a team or project


Bachelor’s degree
1+ years of experience in SMT manufacturing
Lean manufacturing training and experience
Experience monitoring, tracking and continually improving total cost equation
Experience with applying lean manufacturing principles, efficiency methods
Demonstrated ability to read, interpret controlled documentation and processes such as: cable harnesses, wiring diagrams, layout drawings, mechanical drawings, GD&T, assembly procedures/work instructions, schematics, engineering drawings, and parts lists
Familiarity with design for manufacturability, Kaizen, lean manufacturing, Six Sigma, and failure mode effects analysis
PCBA, harness, electro-mechanical assembly, optical component manufacturing and prototype development experience
Experience in a fast-paced production environment with flight quality hardware
Six Sigma certification
Able to adapt to constant changing work assignments and fast-paced work environment
Proficient with computers, the ability to use MS Office, shop floor management software (ERP) and related programs


Ability to distinguish colors
Available to work extended hours and weekends as needed
Able to travel for short and extended trips as needed. Up to 10% travel
Able to lift 25 lbs. unassisted, stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces


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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