1+ months

Sr. Mechanical Design Engineer (Starlink Tooling)

Redmond, WA 98052

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.


As a member of the Starlink Tooling and Automation & Controls Engineering team you will work with a team of elite engineers to design, build and activate custom tools critical to the production of the Starlink satellite constellation. You will personally own high impact projects and drive them from concept to completion on a time scale measured in months, not years.

  • Create the factory of the future for high volume, highly automated satellite production
  • Constantly raise the bar for industrial automation contributing to an unstoppable team
  • Get hands-on and build the things you design


  • Design and develop structures, mechanisms and automation equipment to enable high volume production of Starlink satellites
  • Demonstrate extreme ownership of projects through their entire lifecycle, from initial concept generation through fabrication and production bring-up
  • Balance simultaneous projects of varying scope and complexity in a fast-paced environment
  • Collaborate with flight design teams to develop the satellite, factory and production processes in parallel and ensure production success
  • Solve complex, open-ended problems with an emphasis on speed of execution and efficiency
  • Hone your organizational skills as you coordinate with internal SpaceX resources and external vendors and maintain a project schedule and budget
  • Assemble and commission the equipment you design


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 5+ years of work experience or experience with mechanical-related projects
  • Experience with structural analysis
  • Experience designing mechanical systems using 3D CAD software and 2D drawings


  • Experience applying common manufacturing and machining processes where it applies to design (such as welding, machining, assembly, inspection, etc.)
  • Experience with custom machine design; electromechanical systems, motors, actuators, linear rails, bearings, lifting/rigging, etc.
  • Experience sizing basic mechanical components and structures
  • Familiarity with drafting standards and the application of GD&T
  • Solid understanding of common manufacturing processes and machines including mills, lathes, manual and CNC, and hands-on machining experience
  • Experience with Siemens NX and Teamcenter CAD/PDM systems
  • Experience with FEA and structures hand calculations


  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed


  • 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.


Posted: 2021-09-02 Expires: 2021-11-01

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