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Production Supervisor - Environmental and Thermal Control Systems

Production Supervisor - Environmental and Thermal Control Systems

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.


The production supervisor for Dragon Environmental and thermal Control Systems is responsible for timely delivery of the Crew Dragon Environmental system. This includes AC system, high pressure pure oxygen system and compressed air system, dehumidifier, pumps and fans, fire suppression system and other components/parts that allow the interior cabin of Dragon to support life during launch, flight, return and landing. This supervisor is responsible for the overall on time delivery of hardware through the work center, maintaining and optimizing the facility and the tooling required to manufacture the products going through the center, reducing defects, and increasing productivity. 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.
  • Work closely with the manufacturing and responsible engineering teams for new production introduction on first builds.
  • Lead and manage a staff of ~15 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.
  • Accomplish production results by communicating job expectations; planning, monitoring, appraising job results.
  • Maintain 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 reduction processes and efficiency improvement measures.
  • Initiate and foster 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 improve process and manpower efficiency, utilization and productivity.


  • 1 year of experience in a leadership position.
  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or chemical engineering.
  • 5 years experience in final assembly and production, in aviation, aerospace, or systems with comparable complexity and high reliability.
  • Experience with applying lean manufacturing principles and efficiency methods.


  • SpaceX experience.
  • Experience in orbital tube welding, final integration, and/or pressure testing, cleaning processes, testing equipment and data acquisition.
  • 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 constantly changing work assignments and fast-paced work environment.
  • Excellent concentration and attention to detail with outstanding work efficiency and accuracy.


  • Must be able to stand for extended periods – 8 hours minimum.
  • Must be willing to work extended hours and weekends as needed.
  • Must be willing to work any shift.
  • Must be able to travel for short and extended trips as needed. Up to 10% travel.


  • 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.  

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