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Sr. Crane Engineer (Starship)



Texas, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 13, 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.


The Starship team is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Crane Engineer to join our team. You will be responsible for the design, analysis, testing, and maintenance of various types of cranes used in industrial, construction, and manufacturing settings. You should possess strong technical expertise in structural engineering, mechanical engineering, and crane operations. The role requires the ability to work on complex engineering projects, provide technical guidance, and ensure compliance with industry standards and regulations.


  • Design and development: Design, analyze, and optimize crane structures and components to meet performance, safety, and regulatory requirements.
  • Product testing: Plan and conduct testing and validation of new crane designs and modifications to ensure compliance with safety and performance standards.
  • Technical support: Provide technical expertise and guidance to internal and external stakeholders on crane design, operation, and maintenance.
  • Project management: Lead or contribute to crane engineering projects from concept to completion, ensuring adherence to budget and schedule.
  • Compliance and standards: Stay informed about industry standards, codes, and regulations related to cranes and ensure that designs and operations comply with relevant requirements.
  • Troubleshooting and maintenance: Investigate and resolve technical issues related to crane operation and maintenance, and provide recommendations for improvements.
  • Documentation: Prepare technical reports, specifications, and documentation related to crane design, testing, and maintenance activities.
  • Continuous improvement: Identify opportunities for innovation and improvement in crane design, operation, and maintenance processes.


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering field.
  • 5+ years of experience in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, structural engineering, or other engineering discipline.
  • 1+ years of experience with bridge cranes or mobile cranes.


  • Proven experience in the design and analysis of bridge cranes.
  • Proven Experience with automation and controls.
  • Professional engineering license (PE) is preferred.
  • Familiarity with mobile cranes lifting equipment, or heavy machinery.
  • Strong knowledge of structural analysis, material properties, and mechanical principles related to crane design and operation.
  • Familiarity with relevant industry standards such as ASME B30.2, OSHA regulations, and other applicable codes and standards.
  • Proficiency in engineering software for structural analysis, such as CAD, FEA, and other relevant tools.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to interact with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Prior experience in project management and leading engineering teams is desirable.
  • Strong commitment to safety, quality, and continuous improvement in crane engineering practices.


  • Must be able to work at elevated heights.
  • Schedule varies depending on site operational needs; flexibility required.
  • Must be able to work extended hours and/or weekends as needed.


Pay range:

Sr. Crane Engineer: $125,000.00 - $175,000.00/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.


  • 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.

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