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Sr. Mechanical Engineer, Supply Chain Engineer​/Dragon

Job in Hawthorne - Los Angeles County - CA California - USA , 90250
Company: Space Exploration Technologies
Full Time position
Listed on 2021-06-15
Job specializations:
  • Engineering
    Manufacturing Engineer, Mechanical Engineer, Quality Engineering
  • Manufacturing
    Manufacturing Production
Job Description & How to Apply Below
Position:  Sr. Mechanical Engineer, Supply Chain Engineer (Dragon)

X 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 Space

X is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.



X demands a new type of supply chain. We require our suppliers to provide premium quality with rapidly evolving designs at increasingly ambitious volumes. We are actively looking for candidates who possess comprehensive knowledge of manufacturing and quality tools and have unrelenting motivation to enable suppliers for success. This position will support our Dragon program and requires a combination of proven leadership and technical capabilities.

A Dragon Supply Chain Engineer is responsible for the continued outsourced quality and the overall supply chain reliability of the most advanced manned spacecraft in the world.

You will work on launch vehicles and spacecraft that deliver satellites into earth orbit, ferry humans to and from the international space station, and ultimately extend humanity's reach beyond the earth and moon.

The Dragon Supply Chain Engineering team is dedicated to ensuring quality throughout the duration of the product's lifetime, whether that's through on-site support at Space

X suppliers or immediate risk mitigation on existing hardware at a Space

X facility. This is a highly technical position that requires practical experience in process engineering and new product development through to stabilized production for the machined components and assemblies used in rockets and rocket engines. The ideal candidate will have a broad understanding of the machining and assembly of metallic components and associated processes with the desire and capability to take on new challenges in unfamiliar areas to help enable our mission to Mars.


* Act as the technical point of contact for assigned parts, solving emergent challenges at suppliers and mitigating risk to the manifest by addressing high-impact manufacturing and quality challenges

* Review issues on assigned parts and solve to the root cause, implementing changes at the supplier, at Space

X, or both, to drive further actions to closure, and re-source to new suppliers where appropriate

* Create and disposition issue tickets where needed, working with engineering counterparts to implement required re-work, repair or use as-is dispositions

* Become thoroughly familiar with your assigned parts and the processes that make up the overall assembly and become the primary point of contact for supply chain related defects on your parts

* Work with procurement to find exceptional suppliers and vet them appropriately for quality and ability to meet our aggressive takt times

* Conduct design for manufacturing (DFM) reviews to ensure parts are manufacturable at early stages, preferably prior to sourcing

* Own the new product introduction (NPI) process at suppliers for new parts, drawing changes, or when re-sourcing existing parts to a new supplier

* Drive the manufacturing development program, similar to PPAP, to ensure stable supply, reduce inspection oversight and improve overall delivery time

* Demonstrate innovation, technical excellence, attention to detail, self-direction and courage

* Drive for results and customer satisfaction by collaborating with teams, leading projects and continuously driving improvement in the supply base

* Lead containment activities on assigned parts, working with cross-functional counterparts to agree on scope, path forward and ultimate resolution


* Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline

* 5+ years of experience with manufacturing and/or inspection of mechanical products in a production environment



* Master's degree in engineering or business

* Experience with machining and ancillary operations such as milling, turning, and tube cutting of materials

* Experience with interpreting engineering drawings and models; GD&T, etc.

* Broad familiarity of valves, motors, mechanisms, interconnects, solenoids, potentiometers, life support and thermal control systems

* Broad familiarity in sheet metal forming, particularly in stretch forming (longitudinal and transverse), stamping (progressing and transfer), spin forming, roll forming, roll bending, press brake forming, hydroforming and tube forming/bending of primarily, but not limited to, stainless and carbon steels

* Broad familiarity with TIG, MIG and orbital tube welding of stainless and carbon steels

* Knowledge of supplier quality processes (production part approval process, advanced product quality planning, first article inspection reports, etc.)

* Knowledge of statistical techniques and methods, e.g., design of experiments, Lean, Six Sigma

* Experience with quality systems (ISO 9000/TS/AS9100/NADCAP) and MRP/ERP systems

* Disciplined approach to problem solving - 8D

* Proficient in MS Office and Excel applications and report writing

* Experience with sharing information and influencing others across organizational lines, internally and externally



* Position may require long hours and some nights and weekends

* Ability to travel: up to 60-85% work week travel is required

* Valid driver's license mandatory



* 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.


X is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Space

X 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 Space

X'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 .
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