Mechanical Engineer, Industrial Systems



Other Engineering
Texas, USA
Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 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.


As a member of the Starship Production Infrastructure team, you will work with engineers across multiple disciplines in the design, procurement, and build of Starship production infrastructure. This position is based out of Brownsville, TX.


  • Lead a project team of engineers, consultants, and contractors throughout the engineering, procurement, and construction process
  • Manage the design, development, and issuance of drawings, documentation, and reports for aerospace, large commercial or industrial type facility and infrastructure projects
  • Write, negotiate, and manage construction contracts with subcontractors across multiple disciplines from conceptual design through close out and activation
  • Lead and/or contribute to design of HVAC systems for various facilities: office, large warehouse, rocket, and customer payload
  • Use fluid dynamic, thermodynamic, and heat transfer scientific knowledge as required to design tubing and piping systems
  • Conduct research that tests and analyzes the feasibility, design, operation, and performance of equipment, components and systems
  • Recommend designs / modifications to eliminate machine or system malfunctions.
  • Develop and test models of alternate designs and processing methods to assess feasibility, operating condition effects, possible new applications and necessity of modification
  • Estimate costs and submit bids for engineering, construction, or extraction projects, and prepare contract documents
  • Resolve design and construction conflicts in the field in real time with multiple parties
  • Prepare plans, details, specifications, and commercial bid documents for plumbing, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and general piping system
  • Review and evaluate the work of consultants, contractors, and other external parties
  • Responsible for planning, coordinating and executing various construction projects simultaneously
  • Accountable for accurate budgeting and cost forecasting
  • Oversee project schedule accuracy and milestone reporting to engineers, contractors, fabricators, and project stakeholders


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or other engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of professional experience with the design and build of aerospace, large commercial, or industrial type projects
  • Experience with mechanical/process piping/HVAC system design and/or project execution


  • 5+ years of construction experience with working knowledge of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing
  • Direct field experience with day to day management on a construction site
  • Experience in conceptual design and budgeting
  • Experience in contract management for large capital projects
  • Experience in managing the engineering, procurement, and construction process for aerospace or heavy industrial type projects
  • Experience in ASME B31.3 and B31.9 fluid systems
  • Experience in managing multiple projects simultaneously
  • Experience creating and implementing process/design solutions with minimal impact to business operations
  • Able to quickly assess an issue and assist technicians with troubleshooting and repair
  • Ability to work in a high-concentration, high-stress environment, under possible extended work hours and tight deadlines
  • Acute attention to detail, ability to see interactions with other systems to avoid problems
  • Familiarity with National Electric Code, ASHRAE, National Fire Protection Association, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and International Building Code


  • Ability to pass Space Force background check for Cape Canaveral
  • Perform hands-on work in all environments (heat, cold, rain), in tight quarters or at heights
  • Must be able to work extended hours and weekends as needed
  • Remain focused while working in hazardous environments, while wearing appropriate PPE
  • Must be able to lift up to 25lbs unassisted, ability to be standing and moving for majority of day


Pay range:
Mechanical Engineer/Level I: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00/per year
Mechanical Engineer/Level II: $110,000.00 - $130,000.00/per year

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.


  • 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 influence 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.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.