Production Supervisor - Raptor @ SpaceX - Hawthorne, CA

Production Supervisor - Raptor

Hawthorne, CA
15 days ago

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.



  • Lead and manage a staff of 15+ employees per shift. (Fri-Sun 12hr shifts +8hrs every other Thursday)
  • Coordinate and steer the collective efforts of all tube fabrication processing production technicians.
  • Enforce area standards and run rules (includes bi-annual reviews and disciplinary action)
  • Interface with area leadership and prioritize work based on production schedule and organizational goals
  • Schedule risk identification and mitigation
  • Coordinate support organization efforts to minimize production interruptions
  • Ensure product quality and conformance to specifications
  • Improve area safety and efficiency through regular auditing and continuous improvement
  • Establish and analyze area metrics for trend extrapolation to drive the following:
  • Personnel training and development
  • Development and implementation of efficiency improvement projects
  • Optimization of product flow through the factory
  • Root cause analysis and the implementation of corresponding corrective action plans
  • Identification and elimination of defects within the area value stream
  • Reduction of downtime for product and personnel
  • Identification and elimination of defects within the area value stream
  • Reduction of downtime for product and personnel


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • Associates degree in a manufacturing or technical discipline or minimum of 5 years of experience in manufacturing
  • 1 year of supervisory or leadership experience effectively distributing labor resources and building teams
  • Experience with applying lean manufacturing principles, efficiency methods


  • SpaceX experience
  • Experience bringing teams and processes from development to production desirable
  • Ability to effectively communicate with all levels in the organization, including production technicians, engineering, and the Executive level
  • A technical understanding and practical knowledge of precision tube manufacturing processes:
    • Tube fabrication: CNC bending, cutting and end-facing tools/equipment
    • Precision cleaning: Knowledge of aerospace cleanliness specifications, cleaning techniques, etc.
    • Welding: Knowledge of the orbital tube welding and TIG welding processes
  • Able to adapt to constant changing work assignments and fast paced work environment
  • Excellent concentration and attention to detail with outstanding work efficiency and accuracy


  • Must be able to work extended hours and weekends as needed
  • Must be able to other SpaceX sites; Up to 10% travel
  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg


  • 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.

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