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Plant Engineer (Starlink)



Bastrop, TX, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 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.


As a Plant Engineer at our Starlink Production facility, you will play a crucial role in ensuring the safety, integrity, and efficiency of our mechanical systems. You will be responsible for troubleshooting, evaluating, and improving various mechanical systems site-wide, including HVAC, plumbing, and building structures and systems. Your expertise will drive continuous improvement initiatives, support sustainability goals, and ensure compliance with safety and environmental regulations. Additionally, you will be tasked with designing upgrades and overseeing the installation of new assembly lines and processes, with the goal of creating a world-class facility that can support the mission of connecting people across the globe and enabling life beyond Earth. This position is based in Bastrop, Texas (Greater Austin, TX Area).


  • Provide engineering support for the design, operation, improvement, and troubleshooting of all facility mechanical components and systems, including HVAC, plumbing, and building structures and systems
  • Coordinate downtime activities between maintenance, construction, and production teams to minimize disruptions
  • Drive mechanical system improvement projects using design change requests and advanced detection methods
  • Troubleshoot mechanical system problems, formulate maintenance protocols, service schedules, and coordinate material procurement for machinery upkeep
  • Write, negotiate, and manage construction contracts with subcontractors across multiple disciplines through contract close-out
  • Collaborate within interdisciplinary teams to design, optimize, and maintain mechanical systems
  • Provide mechanical engineering support to facility technicians to troubleshoot existing electrical equipment and controllers
  • Oversee equipment installation, operation, and maintenance to meet specified parameters


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or other engineering discipline
  • 3+ years of professional experience in design and maintenance of industrial HVAC/plumbing systems


  • 5+ years of professional experience in designing and maintaining industrial HVAC, plumbing, mechanical systems
  • Proven track record in clean-room design and maintenance, underscoring an understanding of stringent environmental control requirements
  • Proficiency in implementing maintenance solutions with minimal operational impact
  • Demonstrated ability to assist technicians with troubleshooting and repair efforts effectively
  • Capacity to thrive in high-concentration, high-stress environments, with flexibility to work extended hours as required
  • Attentive to detail and proactive in executing preventive maintenance initiatives
  • Familiarity with AutoCAD/Revit software applications at a beginner to intermediate skill level
  • Knowledgeable about relevant industry codes and standards, such as ASHRAE, NFPA, and International Building Code
  • Previous experience in system design, sizing, specification, and installation, particularly focusing on HVAC chillers, pumps, boilers, air handlers, and HEPA filtration systems
  • In-depth understanding of HVAC operations, especially in managing chilled water plants operated through air-cooled chillers
  • Experience with advanced data/monitoring systems like Schneider Building Management Systems is preferred
  • Strong understanding of construction project management principles, including scheduling, budgeting, and contractor management


  • Physical ability to perform hands-on work in various environments, including heat, cold, rain, and tight quarters
  • Ability to work extended hours and weekends as needed
  • Ability to travel occasionally as required by project needs
  • Valid driver's license
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs. unassisted


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