👷 Build Engineer (Development Test)

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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 build engineer role is responsible for design for manufacturability concepts through integration and testing and everything in between. Build engineers will be highly engaged on test equipment build and integration, including designing tooling (assembly aide, welding, part fixturing, etc.), safety equipment (railings, fall protection, work platforms, etc.) and processes (welding, large part movement, large structure integration) to rapidly perform development testing on the newest upcoming products at SpaceX. Further along in the build, this role will be responsible for items such as integration operations sequencing and working with technicians on installing flight hardware on the test stand. Throughout the build, engineers will be responsible for documenting processes and driving continual improvement to them for future builds. Furthermore, build engineers will be expected to sometimes act as de-facto supervisors and advisors to production technicians, welders and other skilled labor partners. Build engineers will spend time both in the office and on-site (local shop floor and remote build sites) to execute on our mission to enable rapid and reliable testing.


  • Work closely with design team to ensure solutions meet the requirements for testing as well as the optimal manufacturing processes
  • Provide expertise with respect to cost, complexity and timeline reduction during design phase and manage fabrication of critical test equipment
  • Participate in design reviews internally and with suppliers and customers
  • Create original designs to simplify manufacturing, improve safety and ergonomics and simplify operations of testing equipment
  • Interpret technical drawings and documents with regards to manufacturing and fabrication processes to create accurate manufacturing planning
  • Create and maintain build schedules
  • Drive the manufacturing of projects and verify all critical information is provided to complete the project(s)
  • Validate and ensure planning documents are maintained throughout the manufacturing cycle
  • Interact with numeric control (N/C) programmers, welders, machinists, shop personnel, outside suppliers and engineering owners to ensure flawless and timely execution projects
  • Resolve and analyze manufacturing discrepancies while interfacing with the quality team (resolving issues for design, fabrication and assembly)
  • Communicate status to engineering owners on regular basis and present and execute opportunities for design changes that would accelerate fabrication
  • Partner with engineering and production teams to generate ideas, design and improvements for current and future test equipment
  • Source, retain and advise new and experienced vendors from a technical perspective


  • Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering, manufacturing engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering or engineering physics
  • 2+ years of manufacturing design experience (student project team and internship experience qualifies)
  • Hands-on project experience with mechanical systems


  • 2+ years of professional experience in the field of aerospace/mechanical engineering
  • 2+ years of experience using GD&T and mastery understanding of GD&T concepts
  • Experience with large steel structure construction (civil, naval, or mechanical)
  • Hands-on experience performing many manufacturing processes including manual machining, CNC machining, welding, inspection and sheet metal fabrication
  • Hands-on experience and theoretical background on large scale operations including part handling, rigging, crane lifts, forklift operations
  • Experience leading operation-critical part mechanical design, including basic structures calculations and design considerations
  • Experience with finite element analysis (FEA) software packages
  • Experience with Unigraphics NX and Teamcenter CAD and product lifecycle management (PLM) systems
  • Detailed knowledge of Siemens NC or similar CAD and PLM packages
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and initiatives in parallel
  • Ability and desire to work in a fast paced problem solving environment
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills


  • Hardware often is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required
  • This is a hands-on position that will require standing for long durations of your day and working directly with hardware on the floor
  • Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small openings and climbing hand over hand
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors and noise
  • Position may require occasional travel, long hours or weekend work


  • 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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United States, Hawthorne, CA

Posted a month ago