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SpaceX Avionics Systems Engineer (Starship) in Brownsville, Texas

Avionics Systems Engineer (Starship) at SpaceX

Brownsville, TX, United States

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 systems engineer in Starship avionics, you will have the unique opportunity to lead a cross functional team of engineers that bridge the gap between vehicle analysis, design, and production extending through vehicle operations; equally anchored in all disciplines positions you the ability to spearhead change at the inception of product development, through production, to vehicle system validation.

Your creativity and relentless commitment to quality will be expected to analyze systems designs, define new processes, and develop vehicle validation techniques in order to ultimately build a state-of-the-art and fully reusable space launch vehicle system capable of safely and reliably carrying crew and payloads to Mars. You will also put your engineering knowledge to the test by performing real-time troubleshooting on the vehicle as it goes from the integration phase through launch operations. Our fundamental goal is to allow humanity to explore the stars; with it comes extreme responsibility to ensure the safety of the crew and payload. Are you up for the challenge?


  • Represent the avionics system in the design, integration, test, and launch of vehicles

  • Work collaboratively with other teams across the program to define the scope, requirements, and potential impact of projects as new designs move from concept, through prototype, and into production

  • Analyze and track key performance metrics for avionics systems from inception to implementation and perform assessments of new designs to drive optimization for manufacturability, quality, and cost

  • Act as the system lead for projects including creating, maintaining, and communication of development schedules

  • Design electrical harnessing for flight and test applications

  • Work with avionics production to triage, troubleshoot, root cause, and repair issues on an aggressive production schedule

  • Verify avionics system test coverage on fight or flight-representative hardware at the system level and validate as-built vehicles is “go for launch”

  • Support operations in the execution of ground and flight test operations


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline

  • 1+ years of professional experience in system design, integration, or test of complex systems (research work, outside the classroom projects, internships, and traditional professional experience all qualify)

  • Experience using software tools such as Matlab or Python for technical computing


  • 3+ years of professional experience in system-level integration of electronic components, machining, sheet metal fabrication, or system-level testing

  • Professional experience leading test operations of complex systems or experience analyzing multi-domain systems (opto-electrical, mechanical-electrical, control systems, etc.)

  • Software fluency, enabling automation of test or analysis tasks and manipulation of large data sets

  • Experience with wire harnesses and associated sub-components

  • Experience installing and troubleshooting various electronic sensors and components

  • Competence with electrical test equipment (multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supplies, etc.)

  • Knowledge of and experience in analog to digital and digital to analog converters, power supply components and design, batteries, solar cells, RF systems, serial communication, and/or telemetry systems

  • Experience with 3D CAD software

  • Creative problem solver with strong fundamentals in first principles across multiple disciplines to assess risk and make design and development decisions without all available data

  • Strong sense of accountability and integrity with excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Self-motivated with strong multi-tasking, organizational, communication and documentation skills

  • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding atmosphere


  • Extended hours and weekend work may be required to support critical project and mission milestones


  • 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 (https://www.pmddtc.state.gov/?id=ddtc_kb_article_page&sys_id=24d528fddbfc930044f9ff621f961987) .

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.