Lead Structures Engineer
Posted on 3/30/2023
Brownsville, TX, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Product Design
  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, manufacturing engineering, aerospace engineering, or other engineering discipline
  • 3+ years of industry product design, development, or build integration & test experience, specifically focused within welded and/or integrated systems
  • 1+ years of experience performing fabrication, assembly and/or testing
  • Experience in structural sizing, critical design review of complex products, and activation of custom manufacturing lines to produce at volume
  • Experience in design and manufacturing of high precision welded Sheetmetal assemblies
  • Experience in advanced welding processes (PAW, Laser)
  • Master's degree in an engineering discipline
  • Experience recruiting, training, and managing a high performing team with wide scope
  • Experience with process development, facility and line layouts, and error-proofing
  • Experience owning the outcome of large scale product development and implementation
  • Experience with CAD and FEA software packages
  • Experience with controls systems for manufacturing applications
  • Experience in large structural welding
  • Experience in production facility design, outfitting, and activation
  • Experience with Unigraphics NX and Teamcenter CAD and PLM systems
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Position is based out of Brownsville, TX
  • 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
  • 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 and develop a team of engineers
  • Mentor and foster the continual technical and professional development of team members
  • Design, manufacture, and qualification of flight and production (GSE) hardware
  • Develop and implement manufacturing processes, techniques, and tools to enable efficient and high rate manufacturing
  • Create, own, and communicate schedules for vehicle and/or manufacturing system upgrades & implementation
  • Coordinate and execute development, qualification, and acceptance testing of systems, tooling, and facility improvements needed to meet production rate and quality requirements
  • Create original analysis, CAD models, and prints for flight and/or tooling components
  • Execute design for manufacturability changes to enhance production efficiency
  • Guide a team of technicians, welders, and fabricators in building high quality and functional flight vehicle hardware
  • Lead the on-site design engineering contacts for the efficient build of parts and assemblies
  • Source, retain, and advise new and experienced vendors from a technical perspective

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.