ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING ENGINEER, OPERATIONS

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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.

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.

ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING ENGINEER, OPERATIONS 

Take ownership and responsibility for growing, maintaining, and optimizing operations at the SpaceX metal additive manufacturing production work center. Effective coordination and communication between customers, engineers, and technicians. Own overall metal production process for printed launch vehicle hardware from build file input to finished part. Delegate tasks where needed, but assume responsibility to follow up in verifying efforts are completed. Implement incremental improvements and new technologies to maximize product quality and time of delivery. Aggressively push to drive down costs across entire additive production process.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Perform a role of hands-on engineering between the design teams and production organization, enabling production ramp of medium/high volume printed launch vehicle hardware
  • Responsible for metal additive manufacturing processes of the Starship launch vehicle, supporting all manufacturing aspects from build file and consumables to finished printed product through post-processing
  • Manage scheduling and planning systems to ensure technician team has clear priorities
  • Partner with technicians to resolve issues, establish effective engineering controls, and reduce labor needs as much as possible
  • Establish and document a nominal build process that meets SpaceX quality standards. Engage with key stakeholders to ensure issues are addressed, contained, and resolved. Efficiently resolve non-conformances as they arise and aggressively track down root cause following through with corrective actions to eliminate re-occurrence in order to reach a 99% first pass yield
  • Ensure machine calibration and preventative maintenance are setup beyond OEM recommendations to consistently maintain nominal build quality for human rated spacecraft
  • Prepare engineering documentation necessary for the transition from development to production including: operational instructions, process flow diagrams, standard repair plans, schematic diagrams, and mechanical drawings
  • Responsible for meeting production rate and quality goals. Communicate roadblocks to engineers and technician teams early enough to react, contain, and recover. Coordinate with technician leadership to ensure resources are flexed to meet production goals. Track and drive reductions in planned and unplanned downtime across additive machines
  • Develop and implement tooling and engineering controls into production processes to further improve reliability and reduce cost and lead time
  • Establish effective working relationship with OEM to drive improvements. Plan and coordinate machine upgrades with effective verification so that changes will not negatively affect build quality. Clearly document platform configuration changes in order to maintain effective configuration management and revision control
  • Support qualification efforts as SpaceX works to certify the first additive flight hardware to take mankind to the moons and other planets

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, or other engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of production/manufacturing experience

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • 3+ years of metal additive manufacturing experience
  • Hands-on experience operating laser powder bed fusion platforms
  • Tangible demonstration of projects driven from design concept, through prototype test, and successfully integrated into production manufacturing
  • Experience in a fast-paced, iterative design environment within the aerospace, marine or automotive industries
  • Tooling design experience including fixtures, shop aides, and/or metallic powder handling devices
  • Lean manufacturing, or equivalent production optimization experience
  • Ability to perform manufacturing cost trade analysis optimizing machine capital, labor, and process consumables
  • Ability to perform trade studies using first principles and engineering fundamentals
  • Proficient in basic principles of compressible and incompressible flow, thermodynamics, thermochemistry, mechanics, materials, and electrical circuits
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to succinctly present recommendations
  • Able to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment
  • Highly self-motivated and able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Willing to work extended hours and weekends as needed

ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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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