SpaceX is hiring a

Mechanical Engineer, Tooling (Starlink)

Hawthorne, 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.


SpaceX is developing a low latency, broadband internet system to meet the needs of consumers across the globe. Enabled by a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites, Starlink will provide fast, reliable internet to populations with little or no connectivity, including those in rural communities and places where existing services are too expensive or unreliable. We are looking for a mechanical engineer to own high impact projects to grow the SpaceX consumer electronics assembly line from development to the highest volume production system at SpaceX on a rapid timeline.


  • Design and develop production equipment and tooling for SpaceX’s high volume Starlink consumer electronics production facility
  • Demonstrate extreme ownership of projects through their entire lifecycle, from initial concept generation through fabrication, production bring-up, and maintenance planning
  • Balance simultaneous projects of varying scope and complexity in a fast-paced environment
  • Use well-rounded technical knowledge to display proficiency in basic structural sizing, mechanisms, and design while making development decisions based on cost, schedule, flexibility, and risk considerations
  • Hone organizational skills to coordinate with internal SpaceX resources and external vendors and maintain a project schedule and budget


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 1+ years of professional or internship experience with mechanical-related projects


  • Strong interpersonal skills and teamwork focus with ability to prioritize inputs and balance demands from other designers, manufacturing engineers, and technicians
  • Experience with custom machine design, electromechanical systems, motors, actuators, linear rails, bearings, lifting/rigging, etc. 
  • Experience with a wide variety of production machinery and industrial sensors and equipment (vision systems, dispense systems, temperature controllers, distance sensors, conveyors, material flow technology, etc.)
  • Strong expertise in design for manufacturability and design for assembly including experience taking products from development design to high-volume production
  • Solid understanding of common tooling materials, drafting standards, application of GD&T, and tolerance/stack-up analysis
  • Solid understanding of common manufacturing processes and machines including mills, lathes, manual and CNC, and hands-on machining experience
  • Experience with Unigraphics (UGS/NX) and Teamcenter CAD/PDM systems
  • Experience with FEMAP Pre/Post processing, NASTRAN Solver, ANSYS Workbench, NX Advanced Simulation
  • Experience with manufacturing process development, facility and line layouts, process failure mode effects analysis, and error proofing
  • Knowledge or training in Lean manufacturing


  • Willing 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.

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