Facilities Engineer, Electrical (Starlink)



Other Engineering, Operations
Bastrop, TX, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 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.


As an Electrical Engineer at our Starlink Production facility, you will play a crucial role in ensuring the safety, integrity, and efficiency of our electrical distribution systems. You will be responsible for troubleshooting, evaluating, and improving various electrical systems site-wide, including substation, switchgear, power distribution, lighting, UPS, Motor Control Centers, VFDs, and generators. Your expertise will drive continuous improvement initiatives, support sustainability goals, and ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations. Additionally, you will be tasked with designing upgrades and overseeing the installation of new assembly lines and processes, with the goal of creating a world-class facility that can support the mission of connecting people across the globe and enabling life beyond Earth. This position is based in Bastrop, Texas (Greater Austin, TX Area).


  • Provide engineering support for the design, operation, improvement, and troubleshooting of all facility electrical components and systems, including load flow analysis, equipment evaluation, grounding systems, and power monitoring
  • Coordinate downtime activities between maintenance, construction, and production teams to minimize disruptions
  • Drive electrical distribution improvement projects using design change requests, power monitoring data, and advanced detection methods
  • Troubleshoot electrical system problems, conduct breaker coordination, arc flash studies, and track electrical load and capacity
  • Coordinate material procurement for equipment upkeep
  • Write, negotiate, and manage construction contracts with subcontractors across multiple disciplines through contract close-out
  • Collaborate within interdisciplinary teams to design, optimize, and maintain electrical systems
  • Provide electrical engineering support to facility technicians to troubleshoot existing electrical equipment and controllers
  • Oversee equipment installation, operation, and maintenance to meet specified parameters


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or other engineering discipline
  • 3+ years of experience in industrial electrical engineering and medium or high voltage power systems


  • 5+ years of professional experience with the design or build of commercial or industrial power systems
  • Primary experience with electrical and power distribution systems (<600Vac)
  • Working knowledge of delta/wye transformers, switchgear, motor control centers, building lighting, building construction specifications, and facility grounding
  • Experience with critical power infrastructure including UPS systems, backup generators, and automatic transfer switches
  • 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
  • AutoCAD/Revit – Beginner to intermediate skill level
  • Familiarity with National Electric Code, National Fire Protection Association, and International Building Code
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work in an extremely fast-paced environment.
  • Strong understanding of construction project management principles, including scheduling, budgeting, and contractor management


  • Physical ability to perform hands-on work in various environments, including heat, cold, rain, and tight quarters
  • Ability to work extended hours and weekends as needed
  • Ability to travel as needed
  • Valid driver's license
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs. unassisted


Pay range:
Facilities Engineer, Electrical/Level I: $100,000.00 - $120,000.00/per year
Facilities Engineer, Electrical/Level II: $115,000.00 - $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.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced 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.

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