Process Specialist, Automation (Starship)



Texas, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2023

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.



  • Design, develop and manage automation and controls projects from initial concept to commissioning.
  • Design and commission basic PLC and HMI software applications
  • Redline, modify and correct electrical and pneumatic schematics for automated tooling using EPLAN electrical and fluid
  • Wire and commission electrical and pneumatic automated control systems
  • Build control panels to NFPA 79 and UL 508A standards
  • Troubleshoot and modify PLC software where required
  • Develop detailed training manuals and independently train production staff on machine and cell operations
  • Audit manufacturing process - assessing process inefficiencies, safety improvements, and potential optimizations through the implementation of automation
  • Solve technical and emergent issues on the manufacturing cell without engineering oversight
  • Drive specifications for deliverables with design engineers (internal & external) to define build and test criteria and production operation requirements
  • Trade machine design options for flexibility vs risk, cost and schedule comparisons


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 3+ years of experience in one or a combination of the following:
    • Professional experience or internships in automation (industrial, machine, robotic, test, or control systems)
    • Involvement with a project team designing and building robotics or automated systems
    • Academic research on robotics or machine design
  • 2+ years of experience troubleshooting and programming 6-axis and Cartesian robots


  • 3+ years of manufacturing experience in a high-volume production environment
  • Electrical schematic CAD experience using EPlan
  • C#, .NET, python and/or SQL experience
  • PLC programming or Beckhoff experience
  • HMI and SCADA programming experience
  • Field bus networks, serial communication and Ethernet communication
  • Hands-on experience building and commissioning high quality electrical control panels and electro-mechanical systems
  • Knowledge of NEC, NFPA 79, UL508A codes
  • 3+ years hydraulic/pneumatic and mechanical maintenance
  • Experience in independently troubleshooting advanced electrical circuits, electronic systems, motors & starters, electrically operated equipment and making successful repairs and modifications
  • Proficient in excel, office, and word
  • Able to interpret geometrical tolerances on part drawings


Pay range:

Process Specialists/Level 1: $28.00/hour
Process Specialists/Level 2: $32.00/hour
Process Specialists/Level 3: $36.00/hour

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.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

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