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Machining Supervisor (Starship)

Brownsville, TX 78520

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 ofenabling human life on Mars.


The Machining Supervisor is responsible for leading a team of technicians responsible for crucial components for Starship and Super Heavy - our next generation vehicles that will get us to Mars. The machining supervisor is the most influential person on-site to drive progress on an hour-by-hour and day-by-day basis. Key components of this position will be distributing labor resources, prioritizing certain aspects of the build, troubleshooting production issues, and building, retaining, and managing their team effectively. They will work hand in hand with manufacturing and quality engineers as we transition Starship from a conceptual design to full scale production. The supervisor is also a key enabler to a productive, fun, and hard-working culture. For this role specifically, it is highly important that the supervisor is an inspiring leader, often-times working side by side with their build team.


  • Ensure all work order tickets are completed on time and to specification
  • Responsible for mentoring, leading and supervising up to 40 employees
  • Supervise the production flow within the machine shop, ensuring safety and the efficiency of entire shop floor
  • Work with shop floor, manufacturing engineers, and quality teams to resolve reoccurring non-conformance issues
  • Review work instructions with planners to ensure shop floor technicians have accurate and complete instructions and if necessary recommendation changes
  • Meet tight and moving production schedules
  • Monitor tooling costs and work with the machining teams to provide overall departmental cost reductions
  • Enforce systems and corporate policies
  • Monitor labor hours and overtime, approve time cards and assist in the implementation of time management and improvement plans
  • Strategize and meet daily with leadership teams of other shifts


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 5+ years in the role of a CNC machinist
  • 3+ years in a supervisory role within a manufacturing or production environment


  • Knowledge of Lean Principles and Six Sigma
  • Extensive, successful experiences in the trouble shooting of manufacturing operations that include all machining processes
  • Successfully experienced in assisting of the conversion of operator heavy machining processes in to lights out machining scenarios
  • Successfully experienced in supervising several resource teams totaling close to 40 machinists and technicians along with 40+ machines, simultaneously
  • Successfully experienced in leading machinists and technicians to work with CNC programmers, manufacturing engineer and quality engineers on processes development and continuous improvements efforts
  • Successfully experienced in maintaining high resource utilization
  • Successfully experienced in developing teams within a machining cell to create a ratio of (1) machining tech to operate (3) or (4) machines
  • Successfully experienced in assisting the conversion of older legacy processes into semi, or full automation with making the building of high quality into the machining processes the end goal
  • Ability to read and interpret all blue prints and engineering drawings
  • Well versed in GD&T and inspection procedures and processes
  • Successfully experienced in working with production machine shop tracking metrics
  • Successfully experienced in the ability to work with leadership teams to help develop 1 to 3 year production plans
  • Experience in evaluating teams and generating mid-term and annual reviews and presenting to lead persons and technicians


  • Must be able to work all shift hours and weekends as needed
  • Ability to travel to different sites, as needed
  • Ability to lift heavy objects (up to 50 lbs.) unassisted
  • Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small openings and climbing hand over hand
  • Ability to work at elevated heights (up to 100 feet)
  • Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments heat, cold, rain
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise


  • 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 ITARhere.

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 SpaceXs 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.


Posted: 2020-05-19 Expires: 2020-06-18

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