Quality Specialist

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.
Quality Specialist ? F9
SpaceX has a strong belief that launch vehicles and spacecraft can be both cost effective and highly reliable. Our Mission Assurance/Quality team is key to our pursuit of that goal and more specifically also our pursuit of manned spaceflight. The department works in a cross-functional fashion with all other technical teams on a variety of exciting projects, and has great exposure to leadership and the organization as a whole.
Review and approve specifications and build documentation for completeness, accuracy, regulatory compliance, and quality objectives.
Develop, maintain, and take actions to improve quality metrics such as First Pass Yield, nonconformance trends, and quality escapes.
Work closely with technicians, inspectors, manufacturing engineers, and production management to identify and lead continuous improvement initiatives.
Use statistical tools such as Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA), Design of Experiments (DOE), and Statistical Process Control (SPC) to support steering production processes.
Assess existing processes and support continual improvement initiatives.
Collaborate across disciplines to ensure efficiency and consistency across the organization.
Support the Material Review Board (MRB) process by managing non-conformances, evaluating their root cause, and implementing corrective and preventive action, using tools such as 5 Why, 8D, Fishbone, and others.
Support the Corrective Action process and guide Corrective Action teams in development of corrective action plans, implement permanent solutions, and participate in evaluation of effectiveness.
Conduct detailed in-process and final inspections to launch vehicle components, using detailed drawings, CAD models, and established processes to verify conformance to design requirements.
Identify, document, and resolve production and test anomalies in accordance with prescribed procedures and pursue corrective action as required.
Support Quality Management System policies and procedure documentation, assess compliance to company and industry standards, initiate and lead continual improvement and lean manufacturing initiatives.
Additional projects and tasks assigned as required.
Basic Qualifications:
Bachelor's in an Engineering or technical field or at least 4 years of experience in quality inspection or manufacturing role.
Must be able to read and interpret design drawings and CAD models.
Preferred Skills and Experience:
Dedicated to adopting a Lean approach to quality without compromising safety or reliability.
Ability to identify and maintain priorities for tasks and projects.
Ability to work in a fast-paced, cross-functional environment, both independently and with a team.
Strong communication and technical skills.
Proactive, self-motivated, driven, and committed to a team approach.
Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
Experience with AS 9100, ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949, ISO 13485, or similar Quality Management System.
Practical experience with GD&T and skillful use of metrology tools and gages.
Knowledge of quality tools such as Lean principles, Six Sigma, Root Cause Analysis and Corrective Action, Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP), Metrology, Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (PFMEA), Control Plans, and various problem solving approaches.
Knowledge of Statistical Analysis Tools such as Design of Experiments (DOE), Statistical Process Control (SPC), Analysis of Variance (ANOVA), and Minitab (or similar)
Additional Requirements:
Must be able to lift a min. of 25 lbs. unassisted.
Must be able to stand for extended periods ? 8 hours min.
Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces.
Must be able to work all shift hours, overtime and weekends as needed.
Must be able to travel to other SpaceX locations. Up to 25% travel.
ITAR Requirements:
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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 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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