Build Engineer
Posted on 3/15/2023
West Athens, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of manufacturing, fabrication, assembly or testing experience (internship or project team experience can supplement for industry experience)
  • Travel to vendors and SpaceX launch/test sites as needed
  • Intermittently able to work longer hours and weekends to support critical needs
  • 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
  • Lead the assembly and integration of satellite sub-assemblies, test racks and test beds
  • Develop novel manufacturing techniques and manage the transition from development to full production handoff
  • Prepare engineering documentation necessary for the transition from development to production including assembly procedures, test procedures, standard operating procedures, schematic diagrams, bills of materials, suitable alternate parts lists and mechanical drawings
  • Actively engage with technicians in a hands-on fashion to facilitate and improve production processes
  • Devise and execute improvements to enhance production efficiency and quality
  • Create, maintain, and communicate detailed plans and schedules
  • Develop supply chain for new product and actively work with vendors
  • Understand, analyze and resolve manufacturing discrepancies while interfacing with key stakeholders
  • Tooling design and validation
  • Perform training of production personnel and leadership
  • Lead continuous improvement efforts of established product
  • Resolve non-conformances and identify root cause
  • Develop and execute tests for subscale and vehicle level testing
Desired Qualifications
  • Master's degree in an engineering discipline
  • Active Top Secret or TS/SCI
  • Experience with spacecraft or aircraft avionics assemblies and testing
  • Experience with process development, facility and line layouts
  • Experience with NX and Teamcenter CAD and PDM systems
  • Experience with test automation, particularly using Python
  • Experience with designing and building electrical harnesses and connectors
  • Ability to create and deliver presentations for design and manufacturing readiness reviews
  • Experience working in fast-paced iterative design environments
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a highly cross-functional role
  • Knowledge of a variety of manufacturing techniques, equipment, and processes such as: machining, PCBA and electromechanical assembly
  • Active Top Secret or Top Secret SCI clearance OR willingness to pursue one is preferred. Note that an active clearance may provide the opportunity for you to work on sensitive SpaceX missions. If so, you will be subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testing

10,001+ employees

Designs, manufactures, & launches rockets and spacecrafts
Company Overview
SpaceX's mission is to make humanity multiplanetary. The company is working on a next generation of fully reusable launch vehicles that will be the most powerful ever built, capable of carrying humans to Mars and other destinations in the solar system.
  • Benefits and Perks - Our employees’ well-being is important to us and essential to our capacity to do extraordinary things. We offer a wide variety of programs to support the health, wellness, and financial security of our employees and their families.
Company Core Values
  • Make History - SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company capable of returning a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, and in 2012 our Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station. And in 2020, SpaceX became the first private company to take humans there as well.
  • Reusability - SpaceX believes a fully and rapidly reusable rocket is the pivotal breakthrough needed to substantially reduce the cost of space access. The majority of the launch cost comes from building the rocket, which historically has flown only once.
  • Landing - SpaceX’s family of Falcon launch vehicles are the first and only orbital class rockets capable of reflight. Depending on the performance required for the mission, Falcon lands on one of our autonomous spaceport droneships out on the ocean or one of our landing zones near our launch pads.