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In an era when most technology based products follow a path of ever-increasing capability and reliability while simultaneously reducing costs, launch vehicles today are little changed from those of 40 years ago. SpaceX aims to change this paradigm by developing a family of launch vehicles which will ultimately reduce the cost and increase the reliability of space access by a factor of ten. …

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Hawthorne, CA, US


SpaceX - Full-Time | Job date : 07-06-2018




Our avionics group works to design, analyze, qualify, manufacture, test, and integrate all the electronic hardware and software for our F9 and Dragon vehicles. The avionics manufacturing engineering team is specifically responsible for developing and supporting the production process of all avionics assemblies. The team is also responsible for design for manufacturing (DFM), production yield and efficiency improvements, and tooling design.  This role will directly support equipment and processes needed for PCBA production at SpaceX and will interact with design and manufacturing teams across the entire avionics system.






Optimize and configure processes and equipment for building surface mount electronics assemblies

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, functional testing, reflow soldering, selective soldering, and conformal coating

Resolves production issues on the spot while ensuring design integrity allowing us to stay on schedule

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 permanent resolutions 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

Support the transition of products from development to volume production

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 

At least 3 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

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