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PCB Water Recovery Operations Engineer (Starlink)



Bastrop, TX, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 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.


SpaceX is developing a low latency, broadband internet system to meet the needs of consumers across the globe. Enabled by a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites, Starlink will provide fast, reliable internet to populations with little or no connectivity, including those in rural communities and places where existing services are too expensive or unreliable. We are looking for talented, creative, and driven engineers to drive manufacturing tools and processes, from initial concept development to full scale production. You will drive the relationship between engineering, development, and production teams and will interact regularly with senior leadership during critical design phases. The success of Starlink depends on the quality, reliability, cost, manufacturability, throughput, security, and user experience of the products that you deliver.

As a Water Recovery Operations Engineer on the Starlink Printed Circuit Board manufacturing program, you will take ownership for activating, qualifying, optimizing and ensuring consistency of operations for an ultrapure process water plant supporting our printed circuit board manufacturing line. This position is responsible for the development, implementation, and operationalization of equipment, facilities, tooling and manufacturing process technologies necessary for high volume production. Your work will form the backbone for millions of next generation devices used all over the world. For homes, schools, businesses, vehicles, planes, or boats, this team plays an instrumental role in ensuring high-speed connectivity is available to all who need it.


  • Demonstrate extreme ownership in the construction, activation, and operation of a new commercial ultrapure process water treatment facility
  • Design, implement, and productionize mechanical and fluid systems that meet SpaceX and regulatory requirements
  • Interpret lab analysis, data streams, and operator feedback to effectively maintain safe and effective plant operations
  • Develop, implement, maintain, and improve operational procedures, methods, and process equipment
  • Form strong partnerships with internal and external counterparts, including but not limited to manufacturing operations and engineering, Environment Health and Safety, Facilities construction and maintenance teams, representatives of regulatory bodies, OEM equipment manufactures, and supplier representatives
  • Identify and champion continuous improvement projects
  • Develop project plans, budgets, and cost/benefit analysis for implementation of new processes or machines
  • Monitor and communicate area status and risks


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 1+ years of experience in a manufacturing environment, or experience with fluids/mechanical/electromechanical design and analysis (internship or project team experience is applicable)


  • 3+ years hands-on project experience in wastewater treatment
  • Experience with process parameters and engineering units for temperature, pressure, flow, and power
  • Ability to read and understand process PFDs, P&IDs, 2D and 3D CAD drawings, construction drawings and BOMs
  • Experience with mechanical equipment and systems requiring the isolation of the malfunction, disassembly of industrial machinery and repair/replacement of bearings, gears, structural components
  • Experience with lock out tag out, job hazard analysis, hot work permitting
  • Experience with applying lean manufacturing principles
  • Experience with taking products from research and development into production


  • Able to work all shifts and available for overtime and weekends as needed
  • Standing for long periods of time, climbing up and down ladders, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, and stretching may be required to perform the functions of this position
  • Able to lift up to 25lbs. unassisted
  • Able to work outside with hand tools
  • Able to stand, climb, walk and work with object overhead


Pay range:
Starlink Engineer/Level I: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00/per year
Starlink Engineer/Level II: $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 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.

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.