Build Engineer (Falcon Structures)

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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.



  • Responsible for the build and inspection process for the structural assembly and integration of the Falcon Launch Vehicle.
  • Develop, qualify, and refine manufacturing processes to meet all design and business requirements including safety, quality, efficiency and delivery.
  • Collaborate with other Engineers, subject matter experts, and technicians to solve large-scale production challenges.
  • Work with Design Engineers to evaluate designs for manufacturability and implementation in a rapidly-evolving production environment.
  • Resolve product non-conformances and collaborate with the Quality team to implement root cause corrective actions.
  • Identify, plan, and execute capital equipment, machine, and layout upgrades to the meet volume production demand.


  • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, Materials, or Industrial Engineering.
  • 1+ year of professional engineering experience in manufacturing (internships included).


  • Master’s degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, Materials, or Industrial Engineering.
  • Involvement in a professional engineering society OR collegiate design project.
  • Experience with the build, assembly, or integration of large mechanical assemblies.
  • Knowledge of metallic manufacturing techniques, processes, and equipment related to fastening, drilling, bonding and automation.
  • Mechanical component and/or tooling design and analysis (3D computer-aided design).
  • Experience with process development from RND to high-volume manufacturing.
  • Experience writing work instructions and procedures for critical aerospace parts.
  • Experience in a production environment within the aerospace industry.


  • Must be able to work extended hours/weekends as needed.


  • 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.  

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