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Build Specialist (Starship Mechanisms)



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Saturday, June 15, 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.



  • Responsible for maintenance, troubleshooting and repairs on assets to ensure their proper operating condition
  • 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
  • Ability to spec and procure required components, sensors, and hardware needed for implementing controls solutions
  • Wire, commission, and validate electromechanical and pneumatic control systems
  • Collaborate and work with the production leadership team driving engineering standards for excellence in the builds (quality, build improvements, order of operations, etc.)
  • Collaborate with Production Supervisors and Leads to resolve daily shop floor roadblocks and emergent issues.
  • Support first build process development for new and changing assembly designs that can include process and equipment design, physical operations, and development builds.
  • Identify need for shop aids and tooling that will increase work center productivity.
  • Identify and implement shop floor layout improvements as well as storage and organizational improvements.
  • Routinely broadcasts status, milestones, and roadmap of projects to stakeholders
  • Implement standard practices, troubleshooting guides, and standard repair procedures.
  • Evaluate proposed designs and planning for manufacturability and integration by collaborating with build, design and build reliability engineers
  • Identify and maintain critical spare strategy
  • Perform root cause analysis to inform future improvements and strategies


  • 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


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, math, or science, 2-year technical school degree, or 2 years of experience in a manufacturing and process planning role.
  • Demonstrable hands-on skill in fault finding, mechanical system troubleshooting, and solid problem resolution skills
  • Experience with electrical control panel design, building, and wiring.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • 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
  • Capable of solving complex manufacturing problems on schedule with little to no supervision as an individual or as a member of an integrated team
  • Excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
  • Knowledge of pressure, temperature and flow measurement devices.
  • Experience taking products through development cycle to full volume production.
  • Experience with Design for Manufacturability and Assembly.
  • Experience with Process development, facility and line layouts.


  • Ability to work all shifts, overtime, and weekends as needed up to 12 hours a day
  • Ability to stand for extended periods – 8 hours minimum
  • Ability to lift at least 25 lbs unassisted
  • Willing to travel up to 5%
  • Ability to work at elevated heights (up to 200 feet)
  • Ability to work in confined spaces
  • Willing to work in outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain
  • Wiling to work in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise


Pay range:

Build Specialist/Level 1: $30.00 - $38.00/hour
Build Specialist/Level 2: $34.00 - $43.00/hour
Build Specialist/Level 3: $38.00 - $48.00/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.