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Tooling Build Engineer (Starship Engineering)

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.



  • Take extreme ownership in the delivery of the Starship production line
  • Provide expertise with respect to cost, complexity, and timeline reduction during design phase and manage fabrication of critical tools
  • Collaborate with vehicle and tooling designers on better design for manufacturing
  • Interpret technical drawings and documents with regards to manufacturing and fabrication processes to create accurate manufacturing planning
  • 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
  • Source, retain, and advise new and experienced vendors from a technical perspective
  • Drive the manufacturing of projects and verify all critical information is provided to complete the project(s)
  • Communicate status to engineering owners on regular basis and as requested, present and execute opportunities for design changes that would accelerate fabrication
  • Travel, as required, to domestic SpaceX sites as well as vendors to support fabrication and installation of projects
  • Creatively work projects based on company priorities to meet and exceed aggressive need dates
  • Design and lead the fabrication and sourcing of tooling aids, supporting equipment, and specialized hardware to enable rocket production


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical or manufacturing engineering
  • Experience in a shop fabrication environment
  • 2+ years of manufacturing design experience (student project team and internship experience qualifies)


  • 1+ years of tooling manufacturing experience within the aerospace, automotive or metal fabrication industries
  • Project management experience in fabrication shop environment
  • Experience with Unigraphics NX and Teamcenter CAD and PLM systems
  • Detailed knowledge of Siemens NC or similar CAD and PLM packages
  • Knowledge of 3, 4 & 5 axis CNC milling, welding, waterjet programming, tooling fabrication and assembly
  • Comfortable interacting daily with design engineers as well as shop floor technicians
  • Mechanically inclined, proficient with all types of hand tools
  • Positive, "can-do" attitude and ability to work in a very fast paced environment
  • Proactive, self-starter attitude and ability to own on projects from womb to tomb
  • Skilled in reading and interpreting engineering drawings, parts lists, and specifications
  • Strong analytical, computer, and written skills
  • Strong understanding and application of GD&T
  • Understanding of basic structural analysis and solid mechanics as it relates to fabrication


  • Ability to lift 25 lbs. unassisted, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying may be required to perform the functions of this position
  • Work schedule may vary depending on site operational needs, which may require extended hours and flexibility is required
  • Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments - heat, cold, rain
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
  • Occasional travel may be required, up to 15%


  • 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 , Tooling Build Engineer (Starship Engineering), Other , Brownsville, Texas

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