Mechanical Engineer (Crew Starship)



Other Engineering
hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Wednesday, May 8, 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.


After 50 years, humankind will once again return to the surface of the moon using SpaceX’s new vehicle, Crew Starship (also known as HLS or the Human Landing System) – this time for good. Starship will usher in the next era of manned spaceflight and exploration, ultimately allowing us to establish permanent communities on the Moon, Mars, and beyond. As a Mechanical Engineer on the Crew Starship team, you will design and build spacecraft systems that are critical to the success and safety of future astronauts. Disciplines within this team include primary and secondary structures, mechanisms, and crew-interfacing hardware. Your design solutions will be driven by all future Crew Starship missions (Lunar, Mars, etc.). This role requires full hardware ownership, from initial design requirements and concepts all the way through design, analysis, prototype, qualification, and integration.


  • Own the design and development of next generation structures, mechanisms, or interior systems for Crew Starship vehicles
  • Perform hand calculations and FEA to develop, assess, and optimize designs
  • Rapidly iterate on manufacturing processes and development testing in a fast-paced environment
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to ensure hardware integrates with Starship systems and supports necessary mission operations
  • Lead design reviews internally and externally with suppliers and customers (e.g., NASA)
  • Negotiate complex trade studies to optimize for cost, schedule, safety, and performance, among other considerations
  • Be responsible for project delivery timeline from early design through production, launch, and recovery
  • Exemplify technical excellence and be accountable for your work


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 1+ years of experience with mechanical design and analysis (internship experience qualifies)


  • 3+ years of professional experience in mechanical design and analysis
  • Leadership experience on an engineering or project team
  • Strong ability to use data and analysis to make fast data-driven decisions
  • Experience with structures, mechanisms, or interior design in aerospace or aviation industries
  • Ability to perform trade studies using first principles and engineering fundamentals to make clear recommendations even with partial information
  • Experienced in NX
  • Solid understanding and application of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Demonstrated understanding of structural analysis and failure modes of complex mechanical systems
  • Technical knowledge of human spacecraft systems and operations
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) and ability to succinctly present recommendations to other engineers, stakeholders, management, and executive staff
  • Experience at a nimble engineering organization or in a highly technical position that required a scrappy, entrepreneurial manner to accomplish tasks with tight time or budget constraints


  • Ability to work extended hours and weekends as necessary
  • Ability to travel to remote sites in Texas and Florida
  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral


Pay range:
Mechanical Engineer/Level 1: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00/per year
Mechanical Engineer/Level 2: $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 & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & 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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