SpaceX is hiring an

Avionics Quality Specialist

Hawthorne, United States

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.

Avionics Quality Specialist

The Avionics Quality Specialist will have a key role in our Avionics production work centers. Our Avionics Quality Specialists are always on the shop floor and have a direct impact on manufacturing and quality processes, so we look for technical, hands-on people who are passionate about building awesome products. Quality Assurance within Avionics Production supports flight components and assemblies such as flight computers, gyroscopes, sensors, solar arrays, harnessing, as well as acceptance testing.

The successful candidate will possess:

  • Excellent technical understanding of avionics electronic assemblies and quality inspection
  • Willingness to roll up their sleeves and step into chaotic situations, using technical knowledge and quality principles to understand the current state and determine the constructive path forward
  • The ability to succinctly communicate status and needed action, often urgently, to all levels of the organization
  • Leadership to guide teams in creating and refining improvement ideas, communicating the benefits to influence stakeholders, and execute actions to deliver results aligned to SpaceX Quality Policy
  • Dedicated to implementing a Lean and highly adaptable approach to quality without compromising safety or reliability


  • Drive resolution of avionics hardware on hold for nonconformance or suspect condition. Collaborate with engineering owners for root-cause investigation and disposition planning, schedule rework with production operations and verify compliance with quality team.
  • Drive continuous improvement projects across Avionics Production, with primary focus on PCBA and SMT production functions. Data mine Aegis MES system, automatic optical inspection (AOI) and X-ray scan results as well as functional test results to identify early indicators of process or equipment variation. Identify key input parameters that affect product quality and implement process SPC controls for critical characteristics.
  • Lead RCCA and CAPA processes. Perform root cause analysis, product containment, recommend and support the implementation of corrective actions that are necessary to reduce or eliminate recurring non-conformances.
  • Support new product introduction for PCBAs and mechanical box assembly; quantifies product risk using PFMEA and implements pro-active measures to mitigate this risk.
  • Works with Build Reliability Engineers to identify inspections with subjective criteria and automate or eliminate inspection points using error-proofing alternates.
  • Manage scrap and MRB metrics to meet business targets for cost of poor quality and material aging.
  • Conduct internal audits and liaison with certification team as Avionics Production Quality Assurance representative for external audits.


  • Bachelors of science in engineering field or 5 years of experience in Quality Assurance/Inspection in aerospace or military or high-volume manufacturing sector.


  • Strong knowledge in visual inspection of PCBA and other electronic assemblies including inspection of soldered SMT connections, conformal coating, staking, hardware, mechanical, etc.
  • Experience bringing processes from development to production.
  • Experience with NASA-STD-8739 series and/or J-STD-001, IPC-A-610 and IPC-A-620 standards.
  • Knowledge of Quality Management Systems standards (AS9100 and ISO 9001) and Lean Manufacturing.
  • Strong computer and analytical skills including proficiency in spreadsheets, databases, shop floor management software (ERP/MRP) and related programs.
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment with flight quality hardware.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  • Must be willing to work overtime and weekends as needed.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 lbs. unassisted.
  • Able to travel for short and extended trips as needed. Up to 10% travel.
  • 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.

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