Manufacturing Specialist (Starshield)



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Saturday, May 25, 2024

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.


The Manufacturing Specialist role is responsible for supporting the initial bring up and future production of Starshield satellites. This includes designing tooling (assembly aides, part fixturing, electrical checkout rack, etc.) and processes (vehicle checkouts, harness/component integration, troubleshooting procedures etc.) to rapidly build early versions of Starshield vehicles. Manufacturing Specialists will be expected to contribute in daily production activities including dispositioning and troubleshooting issues, assembling first-article flight and GSE hardware, working with engineers to execute sub-system development testing, and aiding production technicians.


  • Perform daily production activities – including sub-assembly builds, vehicle integration, resolving issue tickets and further actions, test checkouts, etc.
  • Work closely with the systems and design teams along with cross-functional partners to ensure solutions meet the mission requirements
  • Develop procedures/processes and manage the transition of parts and assemblies from development to high-rate production
  • Coordinate and execute development, qualification, and acceptance testing of systems and tooling needed to meet hardware deadlines
  • Analyze and resolve integration and manufacturing discrepancies (design, fabrication, and assembly)
  • Partner with engineering & production teams to drive improvements for current and next-generation vehicles
  • Guide multiple projects to completion for developmental testing and team readiness objectives
  • Self-monitor work progress and achieve on-time delivery of all work


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • Associate's degree or higher degree in an Electronics, Mathematical, or Engineering discipline OR 5+ years of combined professional experience in testing, developing, and/or manufacturing complex electro-mechanical systems and harnessing


  • Experience and decent proficiency using Windows-based computers and Microsoft Office suite
  • Experience with manufacturing enterprise systems
  • Experience with automotive, aeronautic, and/or aerospace component integration
  • Hands-on project experience with complex electro-mechanical systems
  • Prior or current IPC-A-620, NASA 8739-4, or J-STD-001 certifications
  • Experience with Unigraphics NX/Teamcenter and PLM systems
  • Able to adapt to constantly changing work assignments and a fast-paced work environment
  • Excellent concentration and attention to detail with outstanding work efficiency and accuracy
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and teamwork skills


  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime and weekends as needed.
    • Estimated start time: 1st shift 5:00am
  • Must be able to lift up to 25lbs. unassisted
  • Must be able travel to other SpaceX launch/test sites as needed - up to 5-10% work week travel
  • Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small openings and climbing hand over hand are generally required to perform functions of this position
  • This position is based in Redmond, WA and requires being onsite - remote work not considered


Pay Range:

Manufacturing Specialist/Level 1: $30.00 - $38.00/hour

Manufacturing Specialist/Level 2: $34.00 - $43.00/hour

Manufacturing Specialist/Level 3: $38.00 - $48.00/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 & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & 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.

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.

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