Principal Electrical Engineer (Starlink)
- Satellite Payload – design and implementation of RF systems, high-speed digital communication, and high-density power conversion hardware to the host design
- Satellite Bus and Avionics – design, development, and test of space-hardened avionics hardware
- Hardware Test and Factory Automation – design validation and testing from initial concept development to full-scale production
- Failure Analysis – root cause analysis of systemic production issues to drive design and process changes for improving product quality
- On-Orbit Reliability – monitor and support health of satellite electronics while in orbit, leading anomaly investigations, and performing lab experiments to replicate findings in orbit
- Aviation - integrating Starlink into commercial and private aircraft
- Design, develop and test highly reliable electronics for communicating with our satellites
- Evaluate third party electrical and design integration solutions for reliable operation of Starlink
- Partner with software, mechanical, thermal, manufacturing teams and production test teams
- Drive system trades, requirements capture, component selection, analysis, schematic capture, PCB layout, prototyping, hardware bring-up, debugging, documentation, manufacturing, and test of complex electrical designs
- Get hands-on and support hardware through production, satellite integration, and flight
- Work closely with engineers from adjacent disciplines (mechanical, thermal, software, test engineering, supply chain, silicon design, etc.) to deliver tightly integrated, high-performance hardware
- Drive continual improvements to our designs by building physical and digital tools to analyze data collected on orbit and in the lab
- Challenge assumptions and work to find simple solutions to complex problems
- Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or computer engineering
- 8+ years of experience designing circuits, electronic products, or hardware
- Master’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or similar engineering degree
- 2+ years of professional experience rapidly designing and delivering highly reliable products
- 2+ years of electronic product experience designing hardware from concept through production; strong emphasis on full life cycle development of new hardware products and not small incremental updates to legacy hardware
- 2+ years of experience designing and implementing mixed-signal circuit boards from concept through production using processors, FPGAs, Ethernet, multi-GHz Serdes, DRAM interfaces (DDR4), I2C, SPI, operational amplifiers, analog to digital and digital to analog converters, and power supply components
- 2+ years of professional experience testing, troubleshooting, and debugging electronics
- Strong understanding of computers and programming languages (Python, C/C++)
- Demonstrated ability to work in a highly cross-functional role
- 2+ years working on aerospace systems
- Ability to work extended hours or weekends as needed for mission critical deadlines
- Some roles may require working on an “on-call” basis on a weeklong rotational schedule (On-Orbit Reliability only)
Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.
Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.
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