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Manufacturing Engineer (Avionics)

Swarm Technologies

Swarm Technologies

Other Engineering
hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Friday, February 2, 2024

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 Avionics Manufacturing Engineering team is a highly interdisciplinary organization critical to the success of Falcon and Dragon launch rate. In this role you will own the full manufacturing process of avionics hardware, including PCBA production, electromechanical assembly, and environmental testing. Key responsibilities include driving design for manufacturability, being the first contact for engineering decisions related to flight hardware, and championing continuous improvement for products, process, and equipment.


  • Act as the primary liaison between avionics engineering, supply chain, production, etc. to ensure rate objectives are met through manufacturing and test
  • Support both part production and manufacturing process development within the team's area of focus and demonstrate a commitment to continuous improvement
  • Implement, simplify, and automate high reliability manufacturing processes such that the production teams can operate independently of engineering
  • Work with peer engineering and support teams to drive design updates in response to manufacturing issues, part obsolescence, and system requirement changes
  • Spearhead cost reduction efforts and implement initiatives to meet and exceed departmental objectives while never compromising on quality
  • Select and qualify new equipment for electronics manufacturing and drive continuous improvement on existing assets.
  • Design, develop, validate, and implement tooling to ensure repeatability and efficiency
  • Contribute to design reviews acting as an expert in design for manufacturability, design for testability, yield improvements, supplier capabilities assessments, quality control, etc.
  • Act as the primary point of contact for production non-conforming product, troubleshooting, root cause, failure investigations and corrective actions
  • Prepare engineering documentation necessary for the transition from development to production including assembly procedures, test procedures, standard operating procedures, schematic diagrams, bills of materials, suitable alternate parts lists and mechanical drawings
  • Develop training requirements for production personnel
  • Work creatively and innovate to support SpaceX's lofty goals by always being prepared to challenge the status quo


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 1+ years of experience in design, manufacturing, and/or production of mechanical or electrical hardware systems (internship and collegiate extracurricular engineering project experience qualifies)


  • 3+ years of professional experience in design and/or production of mechanical or electronics hardware systems
  • Experience implementing design for manufacture and design for test for electromechanical hardware
  • Ability to create and deliver presentations for design and manufacturing readiness reviews
  • Experience transitioning products from design to manufacturing as part of a cross-functional team in fast-paced iterative design environments
  • Experience modeling with 3D CAD software such as: NX/Unigraphics, Catia, SOLIDWORKS
  • Working proficiency with DFMEA and PFMEA methodology and implementation
  • SPC knowledge and experience applying statistical methods to track process capability
  • Experience with PCBA, electromechanical assembly, and test processes
  • Basic competency with SQL databases
  • Demonstrated experience designing tooling in a manufacturing environment
  • Hands-on engineer with a passion for continuous improvement and building the best hardware
  • Capable of solving complex problems with little to no supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team
  • Experience in fast-paced iterative design environments within the consumer electronics, mobile handset, medical devices, aerospace, marine or automotive industries.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal


  • Extended hours and weekend work may be required to support critical project and mission milestones


Pay range:
Avionics Engineer/Level I: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00/per year
Avionics Engineer/Level II: $110,000.00 - $130,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the 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.