Build Engineer (Vehicle Engineering)
Hawthorne, CA
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.


The vehicle engineering team tackles space exploration's toughest problems through the development of our reusable launch vehicles (Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, Starship) and spacecraft (Crew Dragon). Currently responsible for delivering satellites into orbit and cargo to the ISS, these vehicles will be instrumental in extending humanity's reach to the moon, Mars and beyond. As a build engineer focused on vehicle development, you will spearhead tooling design, process improvements, reusability qualification, and non-conforming hardware evaluation. Expect a rich hands-on environment with a high mix of time spent the office, on the factory floor, at vendors and in the lab to execute on the mission.

  • Work closely with vehicle analysts and design team to ensure solutions meet the requirements for vehicle design as well as the manufacturing processes
  • Develop production procedures/processes and manage the transition of parts and assemblies from development to high rate production
  • Coordinate and execute development, qualification, and acceptance testing of systems and tooling needed to meet hardware deadlines
  • Execute design for manufacturability changes to enhance production efficiency
  • Create original CAD models and prints for flight and/or tooling components
  • Create and maintain build schedules
  • Participate in design reviews internally and with suppliers and customers
  • Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering, manufacturing engineering, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, or engineering physics
  • 1+ years of professional hands-on experience with complex mechanical systems (student project team and/or internship experience is applicable)
  • Master's degree in an engineering discipline
  • Experience using NX (Unigraphics) or other parametric modeling software
  • Experience conducting finite element analysis on complex structures
  • Ability to read and generate drawings
  • Ability to interact with engineers from other disciplines to develop loads, requirements, and constraints
  • Travel to vendor 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 ( ).
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