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Sr. PCBA Manufacturing Engineer

Sr. PCBA Manufacturing Engineer

Manufacturing and Production - Engineering

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.


You have a passion for developing electronics for challenging applications; you thrive on making things work. You are the engineer that other engineers can count on; you are technical, you attack every problem with enthusiasm. You are a self-starter, team player, have the hunger to venture into unknown areas and make the system work. 


  • Define, deploy and maintain printed circuit board fabrication processes
  • Define, deploy and maintain printed circuit board assembly (PCBA) manufacturing processes
  • Debug and evaluate manufacturing results, perform yield and throughput analysis, drive improvements and provide actionable feedback for incorporation into future designs
  • As necessary, analyze design of manufacturing line, drive design and validation of stencils, manufacturing fixtures, evaluate and specify equipment including but not limited to solder paste/printing/jetting, pick and place machines, reflow ovens, inspection, etc., ESD processes and procedures, component handling and tracking
  • Deliver assembled, high quality PCBAs on time and within budget
  • Provide PCBA manufacturing input and plans for design reviews acting as an expert in design for assembly, manufacturing, repair and rework
  • Collaborate with design team to transition PCBA from development to manufacturing and works very closely to the team in defining design for assembly guidelines.
  • Support selection of PCBA manufacturing partners and develop relationships that improve the analysis response, cost, agility and flexibility/ability to support multiple designs
  • As required, provide on-site technical support for critical process and product issues


  • Bachelors of Science in electrical, mechanical or manufacturing engineering
  • 7+ years of experience in printed circuit board assembly manufacturing
  • Introduced five or more printed circuit board assemblies to manufacturing


  • Masters of Science in electrical, mechanical, or manufacturing engineering
  • 5+ years of experience with printed circuit board fabrication and/or printed circuit board assembly and/or printed circuit board assembly reliability
  • Expert in IPC-A-610, J-STD-001, soldering processes, coatings, underfill, manufacturing test, high density designs, through hole and surface mount technologies, board stackup and pad designs, design rules and tuning manufacturing processes
  • Proficiency in statistical process control, six sigma techniques, design of experiments, process capability assessment, and process failure mode effects analysis (PFMEA) methodology and application thereof
  • Experience in fast-paced iterative design environments within the consumer electronics, mobile handset, medical devices, aerospace or automotive industries
  • Experience with rigid and flex printed circuit boards
  • Experience with lead free, leaded and other solders
  • Demonstrated proficiency in all of the responsibilities section above
  • Capable of solving complex problems with little to no supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight


  • Must be available to work extended hours and/or weekends as needed
  • Must be willing to travel up to 25% of the time


  • 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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