Process Technician, Plastic Injection Molding
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.
PROCESS TECHNICIAN, PLASTIC INJECTION MOLDING
Working directly in the materials engineering group, this position will primarily support manufacturing and development of SpaceX’s Starlink product components alongside a strong group of mechanical and process engineers. The goal of the team is to develop new manufacturing methods and qualify processes to be introduced into production. As a plastic injection molding technician, you will be responsible for maintaining daily production uptime of fully automated injection molding machines, including all subsequent post-mold operations. This position also involves the proper documentation of process settings through setup sheets and maintenance of process books and their contents. Other tasks relevant to the process technician include overseeing analyses, participating in work instruction development projects, and training others as necessary. Work area will be on the manufacturing floor running plastic injection molding machines, fixing the machines, setting up/calibrating the machines, operating the machines, and documenting as required. This is a hands on production job that includes meeting goals for production, quality, inventory of both parts and raw material, and personnel aspects.
- Install, commission and validate intelligent equipment to support injection molding applications
- Participate in process development of the injection molding process through parameter optimization, DOE experiments, and trials that will lead to a robust process
- Oversee operator instructions, critical parameters, checklists and training materials for all molding operations, update special equipment service manuals including BOMs, drawings, wiring schematics, recommended needed processes, technical expertise, and tooling for optimization of production runs
- Work closely with product design engineering teams to define requirements
- Diagnose equipment failures, collect data to identify root causes and develop sustainable solutions
- High school diploma or equivalency certificate
- 1+ years plastic injection molding experience in a production environment
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- 3+ years plastic injection molding experience in a production environment
- Strong skills in troubleshooting with scientific, Paulson or RJG processes
- Comprehensive knowledge and thorough understanding of robotics and auxiliary equipment used with plastics Injection molding machines
- Experience of multi-shot molding, automated color blending and central material drying system
- 3+ years experience with highly automated injection molding cells
- 3+ years molding experience with Engel brand machines
- Experience in independently troubleshooting advanced electrical circuits, electronic systems, motors & starters, electrically operated equipment and making successful repairs and modifications
- Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Office, and Word
- Able to interpret geometrical tolerances on part drawings
- Electrical wiring experience and some knowledge of how PLCs, sensors, and other electrical components are wired and work
- Ability to lift up to 25 Ibs. unassisted
- Standing/walking for long periods of time
- Ability to work overtime and weekends when needed to meet critical deadlines
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
Process Technician/Level 1: $20.00 - $27.00/hour
Process Technician/Level 2: $25.00 - $32.50/hour
Process Technician/Level 3: $30.00 - $38.00/hour
Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.
Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year.
- To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.
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