Starship Heat Shield Process & Automation Engineer @ SpaceX - Cape Canaveral, FL

Starship Heat Shield Process & Automation Engineer

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 production develops and increases at rate, it becomes and more and more crucial to achieve maximum asset and system up-time by implementing and executing plans to minimize production losses, unpredictable asset behavior, and unusually high costs for system maintainability. The primary role of the Process & Automation Engineer is to identify and implement solutions to manage asset reliability risks that could adversely affect factory or business operations.


  • Works with Project Engineering to ensure the reliability and sustainability of new and modified installations

  • Guides efforts to ensure consistency and maintainability of critical equipment, processes, utilities, facilities, controls, and safety/security systems

  • Owns equipment improvement plans for more responsive and developed preventative maintenance strategies, equipment effectiveness, and minimization of production downtime

  • Defines, designs, develops, monitors and refines an Asset Maintenance Plan that includes:
    • Value-added preventive maintenance tasks

    • Minimization of high cost low value repairs

    • Effective utilization of predictive and other non-destructive testing methodologies designed to identify and isolate inherent reliability problems

    • Complete asset documentation package for review of system mechanical design, controls, and software

  • Develops engineering solutions to repetitive failures and equipment-specific problems that adversely affect plant operations. These problems include capacity, quality, cost or regulatory compliance issues. To fulfill this responsibility the Reliability Engineer applies:

    • Data analysis techniques that can include:
      • Statistical Process Control

      • Reliability modeling and prediction

      • Fault Tree Analysis

      • Weibull Tree Analysis

      • Six Sigma (6σ) Methodology

    • Root-cause and Root-Cause Failure Analysis (RCA, RCFA)

    • Failure Reporting, Analysis and Corrective Action System (FRACAS)

  • Works with Production to perform analyses of assets including:

    • Asset Utilization Rate

    • Overall Equipment Effectiveness

    • Remaining useful life

    • Operational Restrictions

    • Other parameters that define operating condition, reliability and costs of assets

  • Provides technical support to production, maintenance management and technical personnel

  • Manages production requests for asset improvement, controls functions, and data collection

  • Applies value analysis to repair/replace, repair/redesign, and make/buy decisions



  • Advanced degrees in engineering with reliability analysis experience through research and/or internships

  • 2+ years of experience in a maintenance engineering role and reliability in a high-volume manufacturing, testing or operational environment

  • Hands-on experience with equipment control systems, machinery, and industrial automation

  • Developed understanding of mechanical, fluid, and electrical components

  • Ability to read and understand equipment schematics and OEM manuals

  • Experience in using probability and statistical tools and methods

  • Demonstrates critical thinking and problem-solving skills

  • Detail oriented, organized, and able to demonstrate a high sense of urgency

  • Experience working with CMMS programs such as Maximo, SAP, Infor, etc.

  • Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) or Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP)


  • Physical effort including standing, lifting, and carrying equipment up to 30 lbs. unassisted

  • Ability to work in outdoor environments as needed

  • Ability and willingness to work extended hours and some weekends

  • Willing to travel for short trips as needed, up to 10% travel

  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral.


  • 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.

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