👷 Build and Integration Engineer (Raptor Test & Production)

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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 and Integration Engineer role is responsible for design for manufacturability concepts through assembly, integration, and test.  Build and Integration Engineers will be highly engaged in the production of a wide range of pressurized components and systems, including designing tooling (assembly aide, welding, part fixturing, etc.) and processes (welding, tube bending, assembly, integration, and test) to rapidly meet build and test objectives on the newest upcoming products at SpaceX. This role will be responsible for items such as operational layout, tooling, and sequencing, as well as working with technicians installing and preparing critical hardware for development, qualification, and flight. Engineers will be responsible for documenting processes and driving continual improvement for future engine build and integration acceleration. Build and Integration Engineers will spend time both in the office and on-site (local engine shops and test stands) to execute on the mission to build, integrate, and test Raptor engines faster than anyone thought possible. We work as a highly integrated team, and job responsibilities will include helping other programs to ensure the overall success of SpaceX.


  • Work closely with design team and test engineers to ensure solutions meet the requirements for engine build and integration, as well as the optimal manufacturing processes
  • Develop novel manufacturing techniques/production processes and manage the transition of parts and assemblies from development to high rate production
  • Actively engage with technicians in a hands-on fashion to facilitate and improve production processes
  • Create original designs (mechanical, electrical, and software) to simplify build and integration processes, improve safety and ergonomics, and simplify operations of test and production equipment
  • Execute design for manufacturability changes to enhance production efficiency
  • Interpret technical drawings and documents with regards to manufacturing and fabrication processes to create and maintain accurate manufacturing, integration, and test planning
  • Create, maintain, and communicate detailed plans and schedules
  • Analyze non-conformances, identify root causes, and resolve manufacturing discrepancies, while interfacing with key stakeholders
  • Participate in design reviews internally and with suppliers and customers
  • Provide expertise with respect to cost, complexity, and timeline reduction during design phase and manage fabrication of critical test and production equipment
  • Partner with engineering and production teams to generate ideas, designs, and improvements for current and next-generation vehicles
  • Source, retain, and advise new and experienced vendors from a technical perspective


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


  • 3+ years of professional experience within the aerospace, automotive, or metal fabrication industries
  • Experience with fluid mechanics, incompressible and compressible flow, and heat transfer
  • Experience with pressurized components (valves, regulators, tubes, pipes, etc.)
  • Experience with mechanical design, including basic structures and fluids calculations and design considerations
  • Experience with process development, facility and line layouts, and error-proofing
  • Strong understanding and application of GD&T
  • Experience with Unigraphics NX and Teamcenter CAD and PLM systems
  • Detailed knowledge of Siemens NX or similar CAD and PLM packages
  • Experience with fluid dynamics, finite element analysis (FEA), or related computer-based modeling
  • Experience with Python, SQL, or Power BI
  • Knowledge of a variety of manufacturing techniques, equipment, and processes
  • Hands-on experience performing manufacturing processes including manual machining, CNC machining, welding, additive manufacturing, casting, fabrication, assembly, and inspection
  • Experience working in fast-paced iterative design environments and high-volume production
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills


  • Hardware often is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required
  • 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
  • Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
  • Schedule varies depending on site operational needs including long-hours, shifts, and weekend work; flexibility required
  • Flexibility to travel to remote build sites (up to 25%)


  • 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, McGregor, TX

Posted a month ago