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Production Supervisor – Spacecraft Structural Assembly

Production Supervisor – Spacecraft Structural Assembly

Manufacturing and Production - Leadership

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.

Production Supervisor – Spacecraft Structural Assembly (Split Shift Day – 11AM Start Time)
The production supervisor for Dragon structural assemblies is responsible for the Crew Dragon vehicle primary and secondary structural assembly, sub-assembly, and test for capsules and trunks. Critical assembly tasks the group performs include capsule and trunk precision drilling, primary structure builds, thermal protection integration including heat shield mate, and final capsule checkouts. This supervisor is responsible for the overall on-time and zero defect deliveries of Dragon 2 capsule and trunk to the final integration work areas.


  • Supervise shop floor activity, including daily schedules and workflow.
  • Works closely with the manufacturing and responsible engineering teams for new production introduction on first builds.
  • Resolve Material Review Board issues.
  • Lead and manage a staff of ~30 technicians including all performance management related tasks.
  • Review work instructions and make change recommendations when needed.
  • Responsible for assessing & vetting the appropriate skillset needed.
  • Identifying training needs and developing training programs.
  • Provide required data & reporting to support departmental metrics and improvement objectives.
  • Monitor labor hours and overtime, and implement improvement plans and time management with staff.
  • Accomplishes production results by communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, appraising job results.
  • Maintains workflow by monitoring steps of the process; setting processing variables; observing control points and equipment; monitoring personnel and resources; studying methods.
  • Develop and Implement cost reductions processes and efficiency improvement measures.
  • Initiating and fostering a spirit of cooperation within and between departments.
  • Production risk identification and mitigation.
  • Ensure product quality and conformance to specifications.
  • Maintain tooling and consumable supply inventory.
  • Improve area safety and efficiency through regular auditing and continuous improvement.
  • Continuously improving process and manpower efficiency, utilization and productivity.


  • Minimum of 2 years in a leadership position.
  • Minimum of 8 years in final assembly and production, in aviation, aerospace, or systems with comparable complexity and high reliability.
  • Experience with applying lean manufacturing principles, efficiency methods required.


  • SpaceX experience.
  • A&P license.
  • 10 years of experience in final assembly and production in a fast paced aerospace manufacturing environment.
  • Experience bringing teams and processes from development to production desirable.
  • Familiarity with Design for Manufacturability, Kaizen, Lean Manufacturing, Six Sigma, and Failure Mode Effects Analysis.
  • Ability to effectively communicate (verbal and written) with Engineering and Production.
  • Able to adapt to constant changing work assignments and fast paced work environment.
  • Excellent concentration and attention to detail with outstanding work efficiency and accuracy.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline.


  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours min.
  • Must be willing to work extended hours and weekends as needed.
  • Must be able to travel for short and extended trips as needed. Up to 5% travel.


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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 ITAR here.

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