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Automation & Controls Engineer, Insource Manufacturing (Starlink)

Lockhart, TX

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.

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Working directly in the Materials Engineering group, this position is responsible for managing a technical project for the development and qualification of all equipment, tooling and manufacturing process technologies necessary to produce plastic injection molds and high pressure die cast tools. Automation & Controls Engineers will work on some of the most complex and challenging processes in the factory. The correct individual will bring an open mindset, challenge the status quo with regards to traditional vs. emerging technologies and utilize a logical and disciplined approach to evaluate and select the correct set of solutions.


Electrical systems:

  • Design electrical systems compliant with NEC, NFPA, and UL508A regulations
  • Design data acquisition systems
  • Work closely with other disciplines to manage interface control systems with high power equipment, communication equipment, and facility equipment
  • Design systems for hazardous environments
  • Create and maintain equipment documentation and drawings

Control software:

  • Architect, write, and debug both PLC and robot code with an emphasis on generating code that is organized, structured, documented, maintainable, and reusable for similar applications
  • Generate aesthetically simple HMI screens for complex machinery while providing sufficient feedback for troubleshooting

Mechanical integration:

  • Collaborate with mechanical designers to develop and commission new automation cells and automate existing machinery to improve the current processes

General responsibilities:

  • Keep our factory safe and reliable by implementing ANSI/RIA15.06/OSHA compliant systems for robots, gantries, conveyors, and other manufacturing equipment
  • Participate in initial equipment conceptual development and carefully balance product specifications, process requirements, layout complexity, cost, and lead-time limits
  • Manage electrical cabinet builds, field wiring, pneumatic and fluid plumbing
  • Set, implement, and maintain schedules and budgets to ensure project completion
  • Debug, root-cause, and make continuous improvements of equipment in a high-rate production environment


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of experience in the design and commissioning of controls systems for industrial applications


  • Process integration and electromechanical/mechatronic systems experience
  • Electrical schematic CAD experience using EPlan
  • C#, .NET, python and/or SQL experience
  • PLC programming experience, preferably Beckhoff TwinCAT or Siemens TIA Portal
  • HMI and SCADA programming experience, preferably Ignition or Beckhoff TwinCAT HMI
  • Robot programming experience, preferably ABB
  • Field bus networks, serial communication and Ethernet communication 
  • Hands-on experience building and commissioning high quality electrical control panels and electro-mechanical systems
  • Knowledge of NEC, UL508A codes
  • Experience with 3D CAD, preferably Siemens NX
  • Exposure to a wide variety of industrial machinery
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Experience in fast-paced iterative design and test environments
  • Experience solving complex problems with little to no supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team


  • Must be willing to travel to other SpaceX sites and/or vendors for significant/extended periods of time (up to 100% during system activation)
  • Ability to lift up to 25Ibs unassisted
  • Standing/walking for long periods of time
  • Must be willing to work long hours and weekends as necessary to accommodate manufacturing and test campaigns


Pay range:          

Automation & Controls Engineer/Level I: $100,000.00 - $120,000.00/per year

Automation & Controls Engineer/Level II: $115,000.00 - $135,000.00/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.

Client-provided location(s): Bastrop, TX 78602, USA
Job ID: 7140412002
Employment Type: Other