Supervisor, Test Lab (Starship)



People & HR, Operations
Texas, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 14, 2024

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.


Our elite Starbase team is working on the toughest and most audacious project on our planet; making humanity multiplanetary. This challenge isn’t for everyone – the working conditions can be hard on a desolate beach at the southernmost tip of the state – but hardcore projects require hardcore people. Our vehicles and launch infrastructure are pushing the limits on performance and require us to push the limits of materials. Developing new materials, testing our advanced processes and creating accurate material allowables is critical to advancing our mission. If you are a high performing people leader, want to immerse yourself in never-before-solved challenges, and are excited to put in the effort to make this goal a reality, we want to hear from you.

As a member of this team you can expect a dynamic role doing what you’re best at. Our team is building high performance flight hardware, a high-volume rocket production line, and a launch system that can rapidly and reliably launch and land our rockets. Your skills and leadership will help us build and operate a world class mechanical and materials test lab to help enable us to iterate, diagnose and drive our build and launch site into a powerhouse of production and materials innovation.


  • Supervise a multi-disciplinary team of technicians and specialists that focuses on characterization of materials and mechanical testing of materials and welds
  • Work closely with engineers to develop lab capabilities, implement efficiency improvements and drive to a high-test cadence capability
  • Own the maintenance, calibration, expansion and installation of equipment in the lab
  • Create and execute trainings for technicians as well as develop opportunities for skills growth
  • Maintain and execute accurate schedules for testing and lab work
  • Maintain a clean, orderly, and well stocked lab space
  • Publish and communicate schedules, lead times, and priorities to customers and users of the lab


  • 2+ years of professional experience in either a materials characterization lab, mechanical test lab, or machine shop
  • 1+ years of experience leading a team


  • Experience with manufacturing mechanical test coupons with methods such as milling, electrical discharge machining (EDM), and waterjet
  • Direct experience running load frames doing mechanical test with knowledge of mechanical test standards
  • Experience using material characterization equipment such as a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), Fourier transform infrared (FTIR), or metallography tools
  • Experience in post test data processing and understanding good vs bad data in results
  • Ability to troubleshoot and determine path forward for malfunctioning equipment in a mechanical test lab or machine shop
  • Strong sense of safety and understanding of safety procedures
  • Proven ability to iterate and improve efficiency and rate of execution
  • Experience effectively communicating (verbal and written) with both production and engineering teams
  • Highly organized, collaborative, and able to pivot quickly in a dynamic / fast-paced /cross-functional environment


  • Ability to work extended hours and weekends as necessary
  • Infrequent travel to other SpaceX sites such as California or Florida


Pay range:

Test Lab/Supervisor: $105,000.00 - $135,000.00/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 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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