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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.


As an Avionics Development Engineer (PCBA) on the Starship avionics production team, you will be responsible for owning the PCBA build process for the Starship new product introduction (NPI) manufacturing line. You will collaborate cross-functionally with hardware development engineers, integration, and the NPI production team on hardware development, DFM, and initial production runs. This role will directly impact Starship rate by enabling the rapid development of PCBA manufacturing and making life interplanetary.


  • Optimize and configure processes and equipment for building high mix of Starship NPI PCBAs
  • Setup and troubleshoot NPI line in the mission to provide a quick lead time from design to build
  • Perform design of experiments (DOE) to optimize SMT process yield
  • Specify equipment requirements for new PCBA build processes
  • Develop design for manufacturability (DFM) guidelines for PCBA designs
  • Provide solutions to streamline space-grade circuit board assembly and test processes which may include flying probe, AOI, and functional testing, reflow soldering, selective soldering, and conformal coating
  • Facilitate a close relationship with the engineering team during design, build, and test to provide design feedback
  • Lead efforts to uncover root-cause and develop a permanent resolution on issues found during production
  • Develop a robust set of test machinery that includes critical spares for ensuring complete uptime
  • Determine schedule impacts for unforeseen design or process changes in production
  • Provide clear communication between the design engineering team and the production floor
  • Concerning product tooling, confer with engineering teams and suppliers to ensure efficient production methods and schedules
  • Utilize lean manufacturing tools; recommend improvements in production methods, standards, tooling, equipment, layout, procedures, product designs, and employee efficiency
  • Identify continuous improvement opportunities for yield, performance, and cost
  • Work with the design team in response to manufacturing problems, parts obsolescence, and minor requirement changes
  • Prepare and maintain documentation required to ensure efficient production
  • Participate in design reviews to conduct DFM and DFT recommendations with innovative and cost effective solutions


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering
  • 2+ years of direct experience working in SMT or PCBA process engineering


  • 5+ years of direct experience working in SMT or PCBA process engineering
  • Hands on experience with optimizing SMT pick and place, reflow oven, conformal coating, or through hole soldering systems
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight
  • Strong work ethic and drive to succeed
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding start-up atmosphere
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal


  • Extended hours and weekend work may be required to support critical project and mission milestones

Tagged as: SMT, conformal coating, pcba build processes, reflow oven

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