Solar Engineer (Crew Starship) Jobs in Hawthorne, CA at SpaceX

Title: Solar Engineer (Crew Starship)

Company: SpaceX

Location: Hawthorne, CA

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.

SOLAR ENGINEER (CREW STARSHIP)After 50 years, humankind will once again return to the surface of the moon using SpaceX’s new vehicle, Crew Starship (also known as HLS or the Human Landing System) – this time for good. Starship will usher in the next era of manned spaceflight and exploration, ultimately allowing us to establish permanent communities on the Moon, Mars, and beyond.

As a Solar Engineer on the Crew Starship team, you will design and build photovoltaics and associated mechanisms that are critical to the success and safety of future astronauts. Your design solutions will be driven by the all future Crew Starship missions (Lunar, Mars, etc.). This role requires full hardware ownership, from initial design requirements and concepts all the way through design, analysis, prototype, qualification, and integration.


Own the design and development of next generation photovoltaics and mechanisms for Crew Starship vehicles

Perform hand calculations and FEA to develop, assess, and optimize designs

Rapidly iterate on manufacturing processes and development testing in a fast-paced environment

Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to ensure hardware integrates with Starship systems and supports necessary mission operations

Lead design reviews internally and externally with suppliers and customers (e.g., NASA)

Negotiate complex trade studies to optimize for cost, schedule, safety, and performance, among other considerations

Be responsible for project delivery timeline from early design through production, launch, and recovery

Exemplify technical excellence and be accountable for your work

Basic Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline

Experience with at least one commercial FEA or multiphysics simulation package (e.g. NASTRAN, ABAQUS, ANSYS)

1+ years of experience with mechanical design and analysis (internship experience qualifies)


3+ years of professional experience in mechanical design and analysis

1+ years of experience with photovoltaics design and analysis (internship experience qualifies)

Leadership experience on an engineering or project team

Strong ability to use data and analysis to make fast data-driven decisions

Experience with structures, mechanisms, or interior design in aerospace or aviation industries

Ability to perform trade studies using first principles and engineering fundamentals to make clear recommendations even with partial information

Experienced in NX

Solid understanding and application of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)

Demonstrated understanding of structural analysis and failure modes of complex mechanical systems

Technical knowledge of human spacecraft systems and operations

Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) and ability to succinctly present recommendations to other engineers, stakeholders, management, and executive staff

Experience at a nimble engineering organization or in a highly technical position that required a scrappy, entrepreneurial manner to accomplish tasks with tight time or budget constraints


Ability to work extended hours and weekends as necessary

Ability to travel to remote s…

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