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Machine Maintenance Manager (Starlink)



Redmond, WA, USA
Posted on Monday, September 25, 2023

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 looking for a driven and experienced machine maintenance manager to support high-volume Starlink Product manufacturing efforts. This candidate will be operating in a fast paced and ever-evolving environment, as part of the team working to build the hardware required to connect people all around the world to the internet. The Starlink Machine Maintenance Manager will lead a team in designing and operating a robust maintenance system with the goal of providing maximum equipment availability and production line uptime to maximize output of Starlink production.


  • Lead the Starlink Production Machine Maintenance Team with an approach that results in maximum machine availability and production throughput
  • Understand the technical and schedule challenges of Starlink production lines and equipment and translate these expectations into a positive maintenance strategy and an effective team
  • Work with a team to design and build systems to consistently track and execute maintenance tasks on schedule with minimal impact to line uptime
  • Lead the team by example in fault finding, maintenance strategy, and personal presentation
  • Establish root cause of technical incidents and work to eliminate recurrences
  • Catch and eliminate recurring problems, in cooperation with asset owners and responsible engineers
  • Organize multi-month work plans and also react with real-time plans based on the criticality of equipment to company goals
  • Ensure spare parts inventory is managed to allow rapid response to critical technical events
  • Raise and justify asset improvement projects to ensure long-term sustainability of the maintenance process
  • Support project engineers with large equipment refurbishments and new asset introduction
  • Advise and support other teams on complex issue resolution and provide feedback on production line designs and layouts from a maintenance-focused perspective
  • Coach the maintenance team to think strategically about downtime prevention and long-term resolution of issues, while maintaining a culture of efficiency and quick reaction to downtime events
  • Maintain organized, efficient, and presentable team workspaces
  • Perform day-to-day administrative and management tasks including performance reviews, skills matrix and training, timecard approvals, recruiting, and maintenance KPI analysis


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline or 5+ years of leadership experience in a production environment
  • 3+ years of experience in aerospace (airframe, launch vehicle, military) or high-volume manufacturing


  • Management experience
  • Hands-on maintenance or manufacturing experience
  • Knowledge of hydraulic systems, pneumatics, and mechanical theory
  • Knowledge of instrumentation, data acquisition & control systems, and high-power electrical systems
  • Experience with machine or complex system maintenance
  • Demonstrable hands-on skill in troubleshooting, fault finding, problem resolution, and breakdown management
  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to bring multiple departments with different priorities together and steer them to a common goal
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products and capable of quickly learning a variety of scheduling and other proprietary software
  • Work with a computerized maintenance management/resource planning system
  • Experience in a role where quick-thinking and problem solving were critical


  • Physical effort including standing (up to 6 hours) and ability lift up to 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Lifting, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position
  • Work in industrial environments with fumes/odors, noise, hazardous chemicals, confined spaces
  • Must be willing to work all shifts, extended hours and weekends as needed
  • Able to travel up to 10%


Pay range:
Manager, Machine Maintenance: $130,000.00 - $180,000.00/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 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. 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.