Mechanical Engineer (Starship Launch Pad)
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.
MECHANICAL ENGINEER (STARSHIP LAUNCH PAD)
As a member of the Starship Orbital Launch team you will work with a group of elite engineers across multiple disciplines to design, build, and activate infrastructure that will enable Starships orbital launch capability. This team is responsible for delivery of launch pad mechanical structures, mechanisms, and components. This position is based at our Starship program headquarters in Brownsville, Texas.
- Design and development of mechanical ground systems for the Starship launch vehicle including launch pad, heavy lift/transport, piping or fluid storage
- Perform rigorous structural analysis (hand calculation, FEM) of components and systems
- Use your well-rounded technical knowledge to display proficiency in basic structural sizing, mechanisms, and design while making development decisions based on cost and schedule considerations
- Demonstrate complete end to end project ownership in support of successful testing and implementation of the hardware you design
- Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
- Experience using a high-end CAD software design package (e.g. NX, CATIA, or ProE)
- Experience using FEM software to perform structural analysis (eg. ANSYS, FEMAP)
- 1+ years of total experience in one or more of the following: involvement with an outside of the classroom project designing and building mechanical structures; academic research on mechanical structures; professional experience designing and analyzing mechanical structures
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Master’s degree in mechanical engineering
- Experience working at a rocket launch or production facility
- Experience with various manufacturing techniques and machine tools (eg. welding, mill, lathe, waterjet, plasma)
- Previous experience managing large CAD assembly models and drawings
- Demonstrated expertise in the design of welded structures
- Experience designing large scale mechanisms
- Strong understanding and demonstrated application of GDT
- Experience designing mass efficient structures
- Ability to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment including daily interactions with technicians, engineers, and managers
- Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a fast-paced, dynamic environment
- Passion for hands on work when needed to enable project completion
- Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg
- Must be willing to travel to other SpaceX locations as necessary
- Work schedule may vary depending on site operational needs, and flexibility is required
- Lifting, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position
- 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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