SMT Specialist



Redmond, WA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, July 3, 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.


Become a part of this fast moving and world class avionics production team, work with super smart and motivated engineers, and achieve truly audacious goals. As an SMT Specialist, you will manage and maintain the equipment and train new technicians to operate it to enable us to build at Starlink rate and quality.


  • Execute new product introduction builds across all work centers
  • Assist with initial PCBA line setup, facility requests, and programming of equipment
  • Program, load, and operates automated equipment
  • Design custom fixtures for PCBA to ensure efficient process flow
  • Train technicians to run/troubleshoot complex machines
  • Triage non-conforming product and drives resolution and preventative actions
  • Resolve production issues while ensuring design integrity, product quality, and delivery timelines
  • Perform process development and validation on new models in extremely aggressive timelines
  • Ensure the successful transition of a product’s development
  • Identify continuous improvement opportunities for yield, performance, and cost
  • Define maintenance schedules and support activities
  • Optimize and configure processes and equipment for building surface mount electronics assemblies
  • Perform design of experiments (DOE) to optimize SMT process yield
  • Specify equipment requirements for new PCBA build processes
  • Develop design for manufacturability (DFM) guidelines for PCBA designs
  • Provide solutions to streamline space-grade circuit board assembly and test processes which may include flying probe, AOI, and functional testing, reflow soldering, selective soldering, and conformal coating
  • Resolve production issues on the spot while ensuring design integrity allowing us to stay on schedule
  • Facilitate a close relationship with the engineering team during design, build, and test to provide design feedback


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate and 2+ years of professional experience in a hands-on manufacturing environment; OR bachelor's degree in an engineering, math or science discipline
  • 2+ years of experience working in SMT or PCBA process engineering


  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight
  • Strong work ethic and drive to succeed
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding start-up atmosphere
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Experience producing J-STD-001 Class 2, IPC-A-610 Class 2 or equivalent hardware
  • Hands on experience with optimizing SMT pick and place, reflow oven, conformal coating, or through hole soldering systems
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight


  • Must be able to work all required shift hours, overtime, and weekends as needed. Estimated shift times; 1st Shift: 5:00AM - 3:00PM, 2nd Shift: 3:30PM - 1:30AM
  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds unassisted
  • Standing for long periods of time, climbing up and down ladders, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, and stretching may be required to perform the functions of this position


Pay range:
SMT Specialist /Level 1: $32.00 - $40.00/hour
SMT Specialist /Level 2: $36.00 - $45.00/hour
SMT Specialist /Level 3: $40.00 - $50.00/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. Non-exempt Washington employees are eligible for sick leave in accordance with Washington's Sick Leave policies. Company shuttles are offered to employees for roundtrip travel from select Seattle locations to the SpaceX Redmond office Monday to Friday.


  • 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.

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.