đź‘· Build Engineer (Starship Avionics)

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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 of the vehicle avionics suite. Build engineers will be highly engaged in integration of wire harnessing and electro-mechanical components onto the primary and secondary structures of the vehicle, including designing tooling (assembly aide, part fixturing, electrical checkout rack, etc.) and processes (routing, securing, sealing, large part movement) to rapidly build early versions of the Starship and Super Heavy vehicles. This role will also be responsible for integration operations sequencing and working with technicians on installing flight-critical hardware on the vehicle. Throughout the build, engineers will be responsible for documenting processes, and driving continual improvement to them for future builds. Build engineers will also be expected to sometimes act as de-facto supervisors and advisors to production technicians and other skilled labor partners. You will spend time both in the office and on-site (local production floor and build site) to execute on the mission to build an orbital-capable Starship and Super Heavy faster than anyone thought possible.


  • Work closely with design team and cross-functional partners to ensure solutions meet the requirements for vehicle design as well as the manufacturing processes
  • Develop production procedures/processes and manage the transition of parts and assemblies from development to high rate production
  • Coordinate and execute development, qualification, and acceptance testing of systems and tooling needed to meet hardware deadlines
  • Execute design for manufacturability changes to enhance production efficiency
  • Create original CAD models and prints for flight and/or tooling components
  • Lead the on-site design engineering contact for the efficient build of parts and assemblies
  • Create and maintain build schedules
  • Resolve and analyze manufacturing discrepancies, while interfacing with the quality team (resolving issues for design, fabrication and assembly)
  • Participate in design reviews internally and with suppliers and customers
  • 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 degree in aerospace engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or engineering physics
  • 2+ years of manufacturing design experience (student project team and internship experience qualifies)


  • 2+ years of professional experience in the field of aerospace/mechanical/electrical engineering
  • 2+ years of experience with GD&T concepts
  • Hands-on project experience with complex electro-mechanical systems, preferably as a team or sub-team lead
  • Experience with welding or welding applications (TIG, MIG, etc.)
  • Masters’ degree in aerospace engineering, manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering or engineering physics
  • Experience with electro-mechanical system and/or wire harness fabrication
  • Experience leading operation-critical part or tool design
  • Process development, facility and line layouts, error-proofing
  • Experience with Unigraphics NX and Teamcenter CAD and PLM systems
  • Detailed knowledge of Siemens NC or similar CAD and PLM packages
  • Prior experience with developing, maintaining and improving wire harness fabrication processes


  • Flight hardware typically 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
  • Schedule varies depending on site operational needs; flexibility required


  • 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.  

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United States, Brownsville, TX

Posted 19d ago