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Supervisor, Production (Orbital Tube Welding)

Supervisor, Production (Orbital Tube Welding)

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.



  • Supervise shop floor activity, including daily schedules and workflow
  • Assist with development, evaluation and improvement of manufacturing/fabrication methodologies and techniques
  • Liaison between engineering and production departments to ensure optimal communication and partnering
  • Resolve non-conformance issues including documentation of associated rework
  • Effectively communicate and motivate the workforce to deliver the company’s goals and objectives
  • Continuously improve process and manpower efficiency, utilization, and productivity
  • Lead and manage a staff of mixed skilled technicians including all performance management related tasks
  • Review work instructions and make change recommendations when needed
  • Assess, implement, and obtain the safest work environment possible
  • Identify and set-up of 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
  • Accomplish production results by communicating job expectations, including planning, monitoring, and appraising job results
  • Maintain work flow by monitoring steps of the process, setting processing variables, observing control points and equipment, monitoring personnel and resources, and studying methods
  • Develop and implement cost reductions, and processes and efficiency improvement measures
  • Initiate and foster a spirit of cooperation within and between departments
  • Perform production risk identification and mitigation
  • Ensure product quality and conformance to specifications
  • Maintain tooling and consumable supply inventory
  • Read, interpret and work from controlled documentation and processes


  • Minimum of 2 years of formal leadership experience
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience with applying lean manufacturing principles and implementing process improvement projects


  • Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline
  • Minimum of 3 years in a high volume manufacturing sector
  • Experience with orbital tube welding equipment and processes
  • Experience with SQL
  • Experience with pressure vessel production
  • Experience bringing teams and processes from development to mass production
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to read, interpret, and follow schematics, engineering, and layout drawings, mechanical assemblies, mechanical drawings and parts lists
  • Ability to effectively communicate (verbal and written) with engineering and production
  • Excellent concentration and attention to detail with outstanding work efficiency and accuracy
  • Ability to adapt to constantly changing work assignments and fast paced work environment
  • Experience monitoring, tracking and continually improving total cost equation


  • Position may require long hours and weekend work
  • Must be able to travel for short and extended trips as needed
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours minimum


  • 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.

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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