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Sr. Mechanical Engineer (Starship Tooling)

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.


As a member of the Starship engineering team, you will work with a team of elite engineers across multiple disciplines to design, build, and activate critical production assets required to build the Starship launch vehicle. This position is based at our Starship production facility in Brownsville, Texas but may involve work on designs that are implemented across all of SpaceX's sites supporting the Starship program.


  • Design and development of production tooling for the Starship launch vehicle
  • Develop the production site of the future to enable rapid build, test, and operation of our manned and inter-planetary transport architectures
  • Use your well-rounded technical knowledge to display proficiency in basic structural sizing, mechanisms, and design while making development decisions based on cost and schedule considerations


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • Experience using a high-end CAD software design package (e.g. NX, CATIA, or ProE)
  • 5+ years of professional experience designing, analyzing, and implementing mechanical systems


  • Master's degree in mechanical engineering
  • Experience working at a production facility
  • Experience with automated production equipment
  • Experience managing large assembly models and drawings
  • Hands on experience with equipment manufacturing and implementation
  • Demonstrated expertise in the design of welded structures
  • Experience designing mechanisms
  • Experience with production tooling or product design in either prototype or volume environments
  • Strong understanding and application of GD&T
  • Experience with finite element analysis software
  • Experience designing mass efficient structures
  • Ability to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment including daily interactions with technicians, engineers, and managers
  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a fast-paced, dynamic environment


  • Willing to travel to other SpaceX locations as necessary, up to 25%
  • Work schedule may vary depending on site operational needs which may require extended hours, and flexibility is required
  • Lifting, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position


  • 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 , Sr. Mechanical Engineer (Starship Tooling), Other , Brownsville, Texas

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