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Sr. Launch Engineer
Orbital Launch Pad, Starship
Posted on 10/19/2022
Brownsville, TX, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or other engineering discipline
  • 5+ years experience with mechanical systems or structures
  • Experience in a shop fabrication environment
  • Tooling manufacturing experience within the aerospace, automotive or metal fabrication industries desired
  • Project management experience in fabrication shop environment or construction environment
  • Previous professional or academic experience reading blueprints and CAD system models
  • Comfortable interacting daily with design engineers as well as shop floor technicians
  • Experience with NX, Solidworks, CATIA or MasterCAM
  • 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 follow up on projects from womb to tomb
  • Proficiency with MS Excel, Word, OneNote, Project & Outlook
  • Skilled in reading and interpreting engineering drawings, parts lists, and specifications
  • Strong analytical, computer, and written skills
  • Interact with internal and external fabrication resources and drive assigned projects to on-time completion
  • Physical effort including standing, lifting and carrying moderately heavy materials or equipment (15 to 35 lbs.)
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Willingness to work outdoors
  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral and Vandenburg Air Force Base
  • 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
  • Actively participate in the design, fabrication and installation of simple and complex tools that help manufacture and launch current and future rockets
  • Provide expertise with respect to cost and complexity reduction during design phase and manage fabrication of critical tools
  • Patriciate in the review and build of fluid liquid and gas systems
  • Create, revise, and maintain planning documents to produce ground support equipment and assemblies which conform to design specifications
  • Interpret technical drawings and documents with regards to manufacturing, database systems, 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, shop personnel and outside suppliers to ensure flawless and timely execution of assigned projects
  • Manage and define raw materials and hardware requirements and facilitate purchasing directly from blueprints as applicable
  • Release projects for manufacturing and verify all critical information is provided to complete the project(s)
  • Coordinate with manufacturing team, internally and externally, for changes on manufacturing sequences and update planning accordingly
  • Process the necessary documentation to complete job assignments and resolve discrepancies in order to expedite the flow of materials and fabrication
  • Communicate status to end user/requestor on regular basis and as requested, notify requestor if deadlines will not be met
  • Travel, as required, to domestic SpaceX sites as well as vendors to support fabrication and installation of assigned projects
  • Creatively work projects based on company priorities to meet and exceed aggressive need dates

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.