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Maintenance Specialist (Starship)



Texas, USA
Posted on Saturday, October 29, 2022

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.


The Maintenance Specialist will be involved in solving equipment and tooling problems on a daily basis in order to improve SpaceX asset availability. This will include setting up processes and systems to ensure equipment reliability of up to 98%. SpaceX doesn’t shut down production for maintenance, and instead we find ways to predict failures and perform the maintenance without interrupting production. This role will require direct work with the engineers and technicians who design and build unique machines and perform risk analysis together to map out the maintenance strategy and find the best condition monitoring systems to monitor the performance.


  • Responsible for maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs on assets to ensure their proper operating condition
  • Track and maintain calibrated measurement devices to required specifications
  • Troubleshoot, diagnose and repair control devices such as PLC’s, HMI’s, CNC controls from various manufacturers
  • Collaborate, advise and support manufacturing teams on complex problem resolution
  • Setting up asset maintenance strategies using risk based and reliability centered maintenance methodologies
  • Maintain asset documentation and preventative maintenance plans in a proprietary MRP/ERP system
  • Identify and maintain critical spare strategy
  • Perform root cause analysis to inform future improvements and strategies
  • Calculate key performance indicators such as mean time between failures, mean time to repair, planned downtime, etc. Interpret this data and understand the factors influencing the metrics to further improve asset uptime and maintenance efficiency and effectiveness


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 2+ years of experience working on mechanical/electrical maintenance projects
  • 4+ years of experience handling maintenance planning and reliability in a manufacturing environment


  • Associate degree in mechanical, electrical, aerospace, systems, or manufacturing engineering
  • Extreme trouble shooting and problem-solving skill sets
  • Experience developing preventative maintenance plans and identify critical spares
  • Millwright skills and abilities and industrial multi-craft and mechanical trades
  • Experience in maintenance, calibration, troubleshooting, process controls and controls systems
  • Experience or proven ability with continuous improvement or Lean programs
  • Detail oriented, organized, and demonstrate a high sense of urgency
  • Self-starting, able to identify areas for improvement with minimal direction
  • Strong analytical and written skills


  • Ability to stand up for up to 8 hours during the day
  • Ability to lift 25lbs. and work directly with the hardware on the floor while being comfortable stooping, bending, pulling, pushing, climbing and standing (including on lifts and ladders)
  • Position may require overtime and weekend work


Pay range:
Build Specialist/Level 1: $28.00/hour
Build Specialist/Level 2: $32.00/hour
Build Specialist/Level 3: $36.00/hour

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.

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.

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.