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Lead Integration Engineer (Starlink)

Company: Space Exploration Technologies
Location: Redmond
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

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.


As a lead integration engineer, you will be responsible for leading a team of engineers to develop manufacturing methods of assembly, integration and general processing of satellites. You will lead efforts to develop schedule and staffing plans required to achieve program delivery milestones. You will lead the development of the integration plan, identifying equipment, test functions, resources, data artifacts and failure protocols. You will ensure the satellite is ready for flight through assembly, integration verification of design, and configuration. You will lead a team to develop the capabilities in integration and test in order to bring the hardware from engineering to production.


  • Recruit, train, and challenge integration engineers to meet the needs of Starlink satellite production. Set team goals and priorities and drive individual career development goals.
  • Develop, qualify, and implement large-scale manufacturing processes to meet Starlink satellite production rates and maximize vehicle reliability.
  • Lead team in developing production procedures, processes and fabrication methods and manage the transition of parts and assemblies from development to full rate production.
  • Review and integrate engineering changes, seamlessly into the integrated production and test flows, which will include prioritization of incoming change requests to ensure R&D and production has adequate support to meet critical milestones and production rates
  • Responsible for leading the definition of the vehicle assembly level integrated concept of operations for newly introduced satellite variants including sequencing of assembly and system level test operations.
  • Own and execute design for manufacturability to enhance production efficiency through part design and establishing and leveraging working relationships with design engineers, internal machine shops and external suppliers.
  • Serve as the main internal technical and programmatic point of contact for a satellite integration and launch mission planning.
  • Evaluate vehicle readiness and impacts to requirements, vehicle risk, CONOPs and launch dates due to changes.
  • Coordinating satellite configuration, allocation, launch order, risk management and issue resolution at the launch site.


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline.
  • 5+ years of professional experience in an engineering role.
  • 1+ years of experience leading technical teams and/or projects (informal project management experience qualifies).


  • Experience leading a team, while providing technical direction and strong mentoring skills.
  • Experience leading integration and test operations on rockets, satellites, planetary exploration spacecraft, ships, or aircraft.
  • Experience with various manufacturing process developments, facility and line layouts, process failure mode effects analysis, and error proofing.
  • Proficiency with integrated avionics testing, RF testing.
  • Knowledge of launch vehicle or sub-assembly integration.
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Strong sense of accountability and integrity, strong work ethic, and drive to succeed.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding start-up atmosphere.
  • Teamwork skills, to motivate, task, evaluate and lead I&T team members.


  • Must be willing to work extended hours and/or weekends as needed.
  • Schedule varies depending on site operational needs; flexibility required.
  • Must be willing to travel up to 25%. Position is based in Redmond, WA, however work at other SpaceX facilities for extended periods for similar work may be required.


  • 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.

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.

Keywords: Space Exploration Technologies, Redmond , Lead Integration Engineer (Starlink), Other , Redmond, Washington

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