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PCB Machine Maintenance Technician (Starlink)

Swarm Technologies

Swarm Technologies

Bastrop, TX, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 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.


SpaceX is developing a low latency, broadband internet system to meet the needs of consumers across the globe. Enabled by a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites, Starlink will provide fast, reliable internet to populations with little or no connectivity, including those in rural communities and places where existing services are too expensive or unreliable. We are looking for talented, creative, and driven technicians to drive manufacturing output and yield. You will have ownership of one or more process areas and will have the opportunity to directly impact Starlink’s products. You will have frequent interaction with engineering teams and leadership and will participate in developing and validating new equipment, processes, and technologies. The success of Starlink depends on the quality, reliability, cost, manufacturability, throughput, security, and user experience of the products that you will manufacture.

As a Machine Maintenance Technician within the Starlink Printed Circuit Board (PCB) plant, you will be responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the production equipment for the largest PCB production line in North America. This is a versatile and highly skilled, hands on manufacturing job. The position will require collaboration and critical thinking to troubleshoot unique equipment issues and develop quick resolutions in a demanding environment. The ideal candidate is comfortable working in an electro-chemical manufacturing environment and is motivated by Starlink’s mission to provide high speed, low latency connectivity across the globe.


  • Perform planned maintenance and unplanned repairs of production line equipment that includes copper electroplating, chemical etching, ultrapure process water treatment, solder mask printing, automated laser and mechanical drilling, PCB layup and lamination and/or plasma etching systems
  • Read and utilize schematics (mechanical/electrical/pneumatic/hydraulic) to troubleshoot systems down to the component level
  • Read and safely execute lockout tagout procedures
  • Utilize diagnostic equipment to monitor equipment performance, diagnose root cause, and make reliability improvement recommendations
  • Use schematics, hand tools, electrical gauges and common test equipment for calibration, diagnosis and repair or maintenance of equipment
  • Communicate with suppliers, specify requirements, get quotations, and submit purchase requisitions to purchase necessary items
  • Provide feedback and work with maintenance and engineering and vendor teams to drive root cause of equipment downtime
  • Conduct training for production personnel
  • Operate material handling equipment including, but not limited to, scissor lifts and forklifts
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 2+ years of maintenance or troubleshooting experience with mechanical, electrical, pneumatic, and/or hydraulic systems


  • Experience maintaining PCB manufacturing equipment from vendors such as Temgtai, Benmayor, Schmoll, Shoda, Sigma Mecer, Wise, Advanced Engineering, Boffotto, Dynachem, Indubond, Machvision, or others
  • 5+ years of experience as a maintenance technician or field service engineer
  • Methodical approach to troubleshooting with high level of attention to detail
  • Excellent manual dexterity in order to repair and perform preventative maintenance on precision manufacturing equipment
  • Proficiently use a computer and MS Outlook and Word
  • Ability to use power tools and hand tools
  • Ability to read and interpret electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic schematics and drawings
  • Ability to write detailed repair reports when necessary (skilled with use of Microsoft Office Suite)
  • Ability to maintain a safe and clean working environment while adhering to company policies, quality policies, and industry standards
  • Detail oriented, organized, and able to demonstrate a high sense of urgency
  • Familiar with Lean or Six Sigma tools like Five Whys methodology
  • Current or past certification for IPC-A-600, IPC-6012 or equivalent


  • Must be willing to work either shift, overtime, and/or weekends as needed
  • Nominal hours - 1st shift: 5 AM - 3:30 PM, 2nd shift: 3:30 PM - 2 AM
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs unassisted
  • Must be able to walk and stand for long periods of time
  • Must be comfortable working in a production environment with extensive use of hazardous chemicals such as acids, alkalis, and solvents
  • Must be able to wear appropriate PPE for lab and electro-chemical manufacturing environment
  • Must be comfortable with climbing up and down ladders, grasping, standing, lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, carrying, crawling, and maneuvering in tight spaces


Pay range:
Machine Maintenance Technician/Level 1: $23.00 - $31.00/hour
Machine Maintenance Technician/Level 2: $28.00 - $37.00/hour
Machine Maintenance Technician/Level 3: $33.00 - $43.00/hour

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 and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays 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.