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Build Engineer, Advanced Subassemblies (Starship)

Company: Space Exploration Technologies
Location: Brownsville
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

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 the design for manufacturability, build process, manufacturing instructions, testing and build troubleshooting for the advanced subassemblies on Starship and Super Heavy Launch Vehicles. Advanced Subassemblies combines, propulsion systems, hydraulics, primary structures, and avionics that feed into the full vehicle integration. These subassemblies are multi-disciplinary and require Build Engineering from concept to final testing and delivery. 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 production floor and remote build sites) to execute on the mission to build an orbital-capable Starship and Super Heavy faster than anyone thought possible.


  • Become the expert on the on all of the aspects of the build of each subassembly to drive quality and rate
  • Work closely with vehicle analysts and design team 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
  • Resolve and analyze manufacturing discrepancies
  • Partner with engineering & 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, 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)


  • 2+ years of professional experience in the field of automotive or aerospace/mechanical engineering
  • 2+ years of experience with GD&T concepts
  • Experience with fluid dynamics, finite element, or related computer-based modeling
  • Experience leading operation-critical part mechanical design, including basic structures calculations and design considerations
  • Process development, facility and line layouts, error-proofing
  • Experience with Unigraphics NX and Teamcenter CAD and PLM systems
  • Prior experience with developing, maintaining and improving welding processes
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills


  • 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
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
  • Must be able to work all shifts, extended hours, and weekends as needed. 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.

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.

Keywords: Space Exploration Technologies, Brownsville , Build Engineer, Advanced Subassemblies (Starship), Other , Brownsville, Texas

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