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Supervisor, Machining Operations



People & HR, Operations
McGregor, TX, USA
Posted on Wednesday, February 7, 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.


The Machine Shop Supervisor is responsible for all machining processes within the shop. This candidate will be tasked with ensuring all areas of the shop are meeting site goals. Key components of this position will be reporting to machine shop management, troubleshooting shop issues, working with machinist, design engineers, and other test groups to execute projects or parts effectively. The candidate should have strong emotional intelligence that can drive change and be prepared to hold teams accountable professionally.


  • Supervises and provides daily support to the Test Technician Operations team:
    • Assesses candidates, and provides recommendations in the hiring process
    • Plans and scheduling work, assigns work, and assesses completed work
    • Visualizes future impacts and needs for the team
    • Encourages employees to get tasks based on team and program deadlines
    • Ensures employees have the training, tools, and materials needed to carry out their duties
    • Monitors and approves employee time keeping records
    • Reviews productivity and actions of team members
    • Communicates how successful performance will be measured and provides collaborative direction to team members
    • Maintains quality and quantity of work while checking and inspecting jobs
    • Ensures team is taking preventative measures to ensure safety precautions
    • Leads by example by being a solid role model for the team
    • Facilitates a collaborative environment by taking others inputs into account when deciding on strategic initiatives
  • Ensures all work order tickets are completed on time and to specification
  • Mentors and leads shop employees
  • Supervises the production flow within the machine shop, ensuring safety and the efficiency of the entire shop floor
  • Reviews work instructions with planners to ensure shop floor machinist have accurate and complete instructions and, if necessary, recommends changes
  • Performs other duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring n efficient and effective work environment


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 5+ years of experience working as a CNC machinist
  • 1+ years of experience operating multi axis CNC mills (up to 5 axis) and lathes
  • 3+ years of prior leadership experience leading teams, projects, or people
  • 2+ years of experience programming MasterCam and G-Code


  • Knowledge of lean principles and Six Sigma
  • Extensive experience in the troubleshooting of manufacturing operations that include all machining processes
  • Experience in assisting of the conversion of operator heavy machining processes into lights out machining scenarios
  • Experience in leading machinists and technicians to work with CNC programmers, M.E's and Q.E.'s on process development and continuous improvement efforts
  • Experience in maintaining high resource utilization
  • Experience in developing teams within a machining cell to create a ratio of 1 machining tech to 3-4 machines
  • Experience in converting legacy processes into semi- or fully automated solutions for high quality machining
  • Ability to read and interpret all blue prints and engineering drawings
  • Well versed in GD&T and inspection procedures and processes
  • Experience working with machine shop tracking metrics
  • Experience working with outside departments to develop production plans and set schedule parameters


  • Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, and lifting 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
  • Must be available for overtime and weekends as the schedule caries depending on site operational needs. Flexibility is required
  • Valid driver's license


Pay range:
Supervisor: $105,000.00 - $135,000.00/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.