Build and Flight ReliabilitySpaceX 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
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Build Reliability Engineer (Starlink)

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Redmond, Washington, United States
Position Type: Permanent
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Build and Flight Reliability
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.
BUILD RELIABILITY ENGINEER (STARLINK)
As a Build Reliability Engineer, you will ensure the reliability of our satellite components and assemblies which will directly impact the success of our Starlink program. The Build Reliability Engineering organization evaluates product and process output data to drive improvements in design, manufacturing, and acceptance test quality, and actively represents quality objectives in design and new product introduction (NPI) teams.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Oversee (design/manufacture/test) reliability of satellite hardware for SpaceXs Starlink program.

  • Track product/process yields, test and inspection escapes, identifies key characteristics, First Article and Detailed Inspection planning, evaluation of previous non-conformances and lessons learned.

  • Participate in Critical Design Review (CDR) to ensure Design For Quality (DFQ), Design For Manufacturability (DFM), risk quantification, and that appropriate test validation methods have been considered.

  • Support new product introduction for PCBAs and mechanical box assembly; quantify process risk using PFMEA and implements pro-active measures to mitigate this risk (i.e. poka yoke).

  • Perform statistical analysis and Design of Experiments (DOE) to qualify new manufacturing processes such as conformal coat, wire bonding and single-arm robotic cells. Implements and tracks SPC.

  • Work with production quality inspectors to identify inspections with subjective criteria and automate or eliminate inspection points using creative error-proofing alternates.

  • Use data to make landscape transparent and drive project prioritization. Responsible for ensuring that issues related to product reliability are primary focus.

  • Lead root cause investigations of mechanical assembly process failures exhibited during environmental testing or in-process and drive corrective actions.

  • Lead containment of all suspect product and coordinate the management of non-conforming hardware.

  • Create and deliver presentations for IQ/OQ/PQ, PDR/CDR, Air Force EELV, etc.


Job Requirements:
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  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical or computer engineering.

  • Minimum 2 years in a quality, manufacturing, or design engineering role.


PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience with HALT, highly accelerated life testing and HASS, highly accelerated stress screening for product reliability.

  • Experience supporting production of complex electro-mechanical, mechanical, or composites systems in high volume work centers and/or during production ramp-up.

  • Knowledge of quality tools such as Lean principles, Six Sigma, Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action, Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), metrology, Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (PFMEA), control plans, and various problem solving approaches.

  • Dedicated to adopting a Lean approach to quality without compromising safety or reliability.

  • Programming experience in Javascript, Python, C and SQL.

  • CAD experience (NX/Unigraphics preferred).

  • Hands-on engineer with a passion for continuous improvement and building the best hardware.

  • Demonstrated capability solving complex problems with little to no supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team.

  • Experience in a fast-paced, iterative design environments within the consumer electronics, mobile handset, medical devices, aerospace, marine or automotive industries.

  • Experience with micro electronics manufacturing processes. Experience with automated test methods such as flying probes or bed of nails.


ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to work extended hours, weekends, and offsite as needed.


ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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.


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.
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