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Manufacturing Engineer (Solar Arrays)


Hawthorne, CA 90250
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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.



  • Drive continuous improvements to increase production efficiency, improve quality and reduce costs such as introducing automation/robotics or updating tooling or fixtures
  • Streamline production by trading the benefit of in-source/outsource operations and manual/automated processes
  • Qualification of solar array production processes including soldering, welding, bonding, and encapsulation
  • Work with responsible engineers to optimize in-line and acceptance testing to maintain high quality and meet throughput
  • Coordinate production and integration activities with other departments including mechanisms, harnessing, and vehicle integration
  • Maintain solar array component designs and documentation for product in stable production €“ including module sub-assemblies, interconnects, harnessing, and battery management electronics
  • Contribute to the design of SpaceX€™s next generation of solar arrays to ensure manufacturability and facilitate the transition from design to manufacturing
  • Maintain and update production documentation and process planning
  • Create, maintain, and report product schedule and status
  • Manage part and vendor supply chain to ensure a quality product on time


  • Bachelor of science degree in electrical, mechanical, aerospace, or manufacturing engineering
  • 1+ year of experience in design, manufacturing, and/or production of mechanical or electrical hardware systems (internship and collegiate extracurricular engineering project experience will be considered)


  • 3+ years of professional experience in design and/or production of mechanical or electronics hardware systems
  • Experience implementing design for manufacture and design for test
  • Ability to create and deliver presentations to leadership and peers for design, test and manufacturing readiness reviews
  • Experience transitioning products from design to manufacturing as part of a cross-functional team in a fast-paced iterative design environments
  • Experience modeling with 3D CAD software such as: NX/Unigraphics, Catia, Solidworks
  • Experience creating mechanical drawings and assembly drawing making use of GD&T
  • Knowledge of DFMEA and PFMEA methodology and implementation
  • SPC knowledge and experience applying statistical methods to track process capability
  • Experience with PCB, PCBA and electromechanical assembly processes
  • Programming experience in Python and experience writing software for data logging or automation
  • Demonstrated experience designing tooling in a manufacturing environment
  • Basic competency with SQL databases and data visualization tools such as tableau or power BI
  • Demonstrated ability to solve complex problems as an individual or as a member of an integrated team
  • Hands-on engineer with a passion for continuous improvement and building the best hardware
  • Experience in a fast-paced, iterative design environments within the consumer electronics, mobile handset, medical devices, aerospace, marine or automotive industries.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal


  • Must be willing to work extended hours and/or weekends as needed
  • Some travel to outside vendors may be required (up to 10%)


  • 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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