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Production Supervisor - Cleaning, Passivation, and Verification Lab (Second Shift)

Blue Origin

Blue Origin

People & HR, Operations
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2023

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

As part of a diverse and hardworking operations team, you will supervise a team of technicians in the precision cleaning, chemical processing, and inspection of aerospace hardware for various spaceflight systems. You will lead the team in all aspects of propulsion module, engine, and subassembly manufacturing. The Cleaning, Passivation, and Verification Lab is a critical part of the company’s Integrated Supply Chain. A supervisor in this role will perform daily tasks including:

  • Supervising personnel: recruiting, quarterly performance reviews, coaching, managing work schedule, and monitoring labor hours and overtime.

  • Promoting and inspiring teamwork and good employee morale.

  • Working with engineers to review design concepts, provide feedback for ease of processing, support development tests and contribute to process development.

  • Managing resource projections and personnel assignments to meet demanding schedules.

  • Providing status updates on hardware deliveries at daily schedule meeting.

  • Developing training and ensuring team members’ training records are accurate.

  • Ensuring all products meet quality standards in accordance with released engineering.

  • Maintaining stock of consumable items.

  • Ensuring all tools and equipment are maintained and calibrated.

  • Ensuring proper 5S and FOD controls are in place and adhered to.

Our team is a direct supplier to all of Blue’s Business Units, and executes for New Shepard, New Glenn, Blue Moon, and the Blue Engines programs. The Kent, WA Cleaning, Passivation, and Verification team provides a crucial, integrated service that supplies all Blue Origin operational sites.

For this supervisory position, we are seeking somebody excited to work in a fast-paced, high-output environment, who is passionate about space and has a strong desire to continuously learn and improve. Passion for our mission and vision is required!


  • 1+ years leading teams working on fluid systems with applied chemistry fundamentals, including passivation per AMS2700 and verification per IEST-STD-CC1246.

  • 1+ years supervising production in a manufacturing supply chain.

  • 4+ years of manufacturing or maintenance of chemical, fluid, and mechanical components such as pumps, turbines, tubing, instrumentation, valves, and associated rocket components.

  • Certification in and/or knowledge of precision cleaning, chemical processing (degreasing, passivation per AMS2700, etch), and hardware inspection per IEST-STD-CC1246.

  • Knowledge of drawing and work order review, and familiarity with issue tracking systems.

  • Strong organization and people skills in a team environment with multiple dynamic priorities.

  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to an inclusive culture.

  • Ability to support the following production work schedule: Shift B: Mon-Thu 3:00pm-1:30am

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


  • Familiarity with standard aerospace manufacturing materials and chemical compatibility.

  • Experience inspecting and troubleshooting aerospace or military hardware.

  • Familiarity with CAD/CAM drawing package (Windchill, Creo, etc.).

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to interface with software systems, databases and Microsoft Office Suite.

  • Ability to document and maintain accurate records, as well as correctly interpret drawings and prints.

  • Ability to use standard assembly tools and high-precision laboratory equipment (computerized microscopes, titrators, rotary flash evaporators, solvent distilling systems, etc).

  • Attention to detail, passion for space and for success.

  • Must be physically able to: Climb ladders and stairs, and work in small, restricted areas

  • Lift and carry 25 lbs.

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Compensation range for on site WA applicants is $42.62 - $62.52

Other site ranges may differ

Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.

Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Washington Fair Chance Act, Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws.

Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation


Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave (must be employed at time of birth or adoption), short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program available after 1 year of service.

Paid Time Off: Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays for all regular employees (including part-time), fixed-term, and interns.

Discretionary bonus: Employees may be eligible for discretionary bonuses in addition to base pay. Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.