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Production Supervisor - Hawthorne, California

Company/Organization: SpaceX

Position: Management

Job Type: Permanent

Posted: 6/17/2020 5:54:55 PM


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 Precision Tube Fabrication team is looking for a supervisor to lead the team responsible for the orbital tube welding and TIG welding of precision tube assemblies. This role will involve the daily management of up to 30 technicians including work assignments, performance management, continuous improvement initiatives, and managing production schedules. The production supervisor must be an excellent problem solver and be able to navigate challenging circumstances on a daily basis.


  • Coordinate and steer the collective efforts of orbital tube welders, TIG welders, and supporting staff in the precision tube fabrication department

  • Enforce area standards and policies including bi-annual reviews and performance management

  • Interface with area leadership and prioritize work based on production schedule and organizational goals

  • Schedule risk identification and mitigation

  • Coordinate support organization efforts to minimize production interruptions

  • Ensure product quality and conformance to specifications

  • Improve area safety and efficiency through regular auditing and continuous improvement

  • Establish and analyze area metrics for trend extrapolation to drive the following:

    • Personnel training and development

    • Development and implementation of efficiency improvement projects

    • Optimization of product flow through the factory

    • Root cause analysis and the implementation of corresponding corrective action plans

    • Identification and elimination of defects within the area value stream

    • Reduction of downtime for product and personnel

    • Identification and elimination of defects within the area value stream

    • Reduction of downtime for product and personnel


Associates degree
  • 5 years of experience in a supervisor or production leadership role


    • Bachelor's degree

    • Welding experience (TIG and/or OTW)

    • Understanding of non-destructive inspection techniques for weld inspection

    • Experience in applying lean manufacturing principles, efficiency methods

    • Demonstrated ability to read, interpret controlled documentation and processes such as: mechanical drawings, GD amp;T, assembly procedures/work instructions, schematics, engineering drawings, and parts lists

    • Experience in fast-paced production environment

    • Able to adapt to constant changing work assignments

    • Proficient with computers, the ability to use MS Office, shop floor management software (ERP) and related programs.


    • Must be available for all shifts and weekends as needed

    • Must be able to lift 25 lbs unassisted

    • Able to travel for short and extended trips as needed

    • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg


    • 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.

    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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