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SpaceX Manufacturing Engineer - Avionics and PCBAs (Starlink) in Redmond, Washington

Manufacturing Engineer - Avionics and PCBAs (Starlink) at SpaceX

Redmond, WA, United States

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.


Starlink demands a new type of supply chain. We require our suppliers to provide premium quality with rapidly evolving designs at commercial scale volumes. We are actively looking for candidates who possess comprehensive knowledge of manufacturing and quality tools and have unrelenting motivation to enable suppliers for success. This position requires a combination of proven leadership and technical capabilities.

This is a technical position that requires practical experience in the area of specialty with the materials, processes and parts used in printed circuit boards (PCBs). The ideal candidate will have a broad understanding of these products with the desire and capability to take on new challenges in unfamiliar areas to help enable our mission to Mars.


  • Collaborate with design engineers to gain an in-depth knowledge piece part, assembly, and/or sub-system design intent

  • Support procurement team to strategically source parts matched with supplier competencies by reviewing and assessing supplier manufacturing processes and quality systems

  • Implement and monitor production part approval process (PPAP) with selected suppliers to enable rate production

  • Assure supplier understanding of product and submission requirements

  • Develop and approve process controls to control critical characteristics

  • Recommend technical product improvements to reduce risk and potential defect opportunities

  • Create and define supplier technical requirements and flow downs to meet hardware manufacturing needs

  • Analyze supplier quality & delivery metrics to identify trends and pinpoint systemic performance gaps and root causes to drive supplier improvement plans

  • Provide feedback as appropriate on manufacturing methods and technologies

  • Function as liaison between purchasing, engineering, manufacturing and suppliers to resolve supplier quality issues and to provide technical support

  • Drive supplier corrective actions associated with any escapes or containments identified in SpaceX production or the SpaceX supply chain

  • Demonstrate innovation, technical excellence, attention to detail, self-direction, & courage

  • Drive for results and customer satisfaction

  • Collaborate with teams, lead projects, and continuously drive improvement in the supply base


  • Bachelor’s degree in a related engineering discipline from an ABET accredited university


  • Degree in material science and engineering or electrical engineering

  • Master’s degree in engineering or business

  • 2+ years work experience in PCBA manufacturing or other electronics manufacturing

  • Experience with high volume manufacturing

  • 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, Six Sigma, etc.

  • Experience with Quality Systems (ISO 9000/TS/AS9100/NADCAP)

  • Disciplined approach to problem solving - 8D

  • Proficient in MS Office applications and report writing

  • Knowledge of lean concepts

  • Experience with sharing information and influencing others across organizational lines, internally and externally

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills, ability to make presentations to suppliers, team members and management

  • Experience with MRP or ERP systems


  • Position requires long hours and some nights and weekends when required

  • Ability to travel: Up to 25-60% work week travel is required, valid driver’s license mandatory


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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 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.