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SpaceX Build Engineer, Integration (Starship) in Brownsville, Texas

Build Engineer, Integration (Starship) at SpaceX

Brownsville, TX, United States

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.


Build Engineers are hands on with the product and are responsible for developing requirements and facilities capable of building orbital Starship and Super Heavy, faster than anyone thought possible. Starship integration will make or break the rate at which Starships are produced, and we are looking to build a team of engineers to tackle this challenge. Starship will be the world's most powerful launch vehicle ever developed, with the ability to carry in excess of 100 metric tons to Earth orbit. In order to meet this goal, we ultimately need thousands of ships to establish a self-sustaining base in Mars or the Moon.


  • Operate as a systems level engineer to collect requirements then integrate and validate a functional subsystem to those requirements

  • Design and implement tooling solutions to eliminate assembly error and improve quality

  • Automate novel processes to ensure repeatability on a large scale production line

  • Prove that a subsystem work center meets cycle time requirements, or own the design change required to meet target cycle time

  • Become a subject matter expert for the build of a vehicle level system like aero control surfaces, propellant feed systems, actuation systems, thermal protection systems, secondary structures, etc.

  • Generate and maintain design for manufacturing requirements for the processes used to build Starship


  • Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering, manufacturing engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering or engineering physics

  • Hands-on experience with complex mechanical systems

  • 2+ years of manufacturing design experience


  • 1+ years of system level acceptance test exposure

  • 2+ years of professional experience in the field of aerospace/mechanical engineering

  • 2+ years of experience with GD&T concepts

  • Experience with large steel structure construction (civil, naval, or mechanical)

  • Experience with mechanical design, including basic structures calculations and design considerations

  • Process development, facility and line layouts, error-proofing

  • Experience with Siemens 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

  • Schedule varies depending on site operational needs; flexibility required

  • Flexibility to travel to remote build sites, up to 10%


  • 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.