Starlink Manufacturing Engineer, Lamination/Bonding @ SpaceX - Hawthorne, CA
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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.
STARLINK MANUFACTURING ENGINEER, LAMINATION/BONDING
SpaceX is developing a low latency, broadband internet system to meet the needs of consumers across the globe. Enabled by a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites, Starlink will provide fast, reliable internet to populations with little or no connectivity, including those in rural communities and places where existing services are too expensive or unreliable. We are looking for talented, creative, and driven manufacturing engineers to spearhead the development of millions of consumer-facing devices that will sit in our customers' homes. You will own the relationship between the engineering development and production teams. You will drive manufacturing tools and processes, from initial concept development to full scale production, and will interact regularly with senior leadership during critical design and production phases. The success of Starlink depends on the quality, reliability, cost, manufacturability, throughput, security, and user experience of the products that you deliver.
- Take direct ownership of production lamination process and drive all improvement projects to meet desired cycle time. This includes assembly, inspection, testing, and rework
- Clearly document process and ensure all parties adhere to the latest requirements
- Design physical production line and establish material flow requirements for both tooling and Starlink hardware
- Ensure production line tooling, inventory, training and build processes are all updated according to the latest design configuration
- Define tooling requirements for tooling design engineers to enable a high volume production line
- Identify automation opportunities and establish requirements as well as evaluating return on investment for each. Work with in-house resources or vendors as necessary to develop these solutions and implement on production line
- Establish facilities requirement for all machinery necessary for the processes
- Own prototype builds for process improvement projects as well as defining validation criteria for each change
- Support production line with technical issues that cannot be addressed immediately on the line
- Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
- 1+ years of experience with manufacturing processes (internship experience is applicable)
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Master's degree in mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, or an equivalent discipline
- 2+ years of experience in a high-volume manufacturing environment
- Direct experience owning lamination and bonding processes with various one- or two-part epoxies or equivalent adhesive materials (e.g. pressure sensitive adhesives)
- Working knowledge of bonding methods for various polymers and fiberglass materials
- Ability to design tooling for high volume manufacturing
- Ability to develop and maintain high performing suppliers and contract manufacturers
- Experience working in a highly adaptive and iterative environment
- Experience implementing automation into production processes
- Experience transitioning products from design to manufacturing and scaling to high volume as part of a cross-functional team
- Experience with design of experiments, gage repeatability and reproducibility, and process qualifications
- Experience defining production data requirements and statistical process control
- Experience integrating electromechanical assemblies with both manual and automated processes
- Experience with NX and Teamcenter
- Experience working with and defining requirements for ERP, MRP and MES systems
- Willing to travel domestically or internationally as needed
- Available to work extended hours and weekends as needed
- 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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