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Manager, Crane Operations (Starship)

Swarm Technologies

Swarm Technologies

Texas, USA
Posted on Wednesday, September 27, 2023

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 manager of crane operations plays a critical role in the day-to-day operations of the Starbase rocket development facility. It will be your job to lead all crane lifting and to ensure that SpaceX's goals and objectives are being met. Ensure that crew members and materials are hoisted and maneuvered in a safe and proficient manner by performing site surveys, task analysis, and critical lift calculations. You'll be responsible for handling, inspecting and maintaining cranes, rentals and tools. It'll be a challenge each and every day.


  • Lead the daily activities of your assigned area at the rocket development facility
  • Manage a team of crane operators and supervisors who specialize in heavy crane lifting
  • Learn and apply qualitative and quantitative methods to measure team effectiveness and performance
  • Identify process improvement and modifications to develop strategies, increase efficiency, and improve upon existing company objectives
  • Follow applicable local, state, and federal safety; environmental and system principles
  • Act as lift manager for all heavy crane lifts
  • Write and implement lift plans and critical lifts plans
  • Tilt, dip and turn suspended loads to maneuver over, under and/or around obstacles using multi-point suspension techniques
  • Coordinate and direct crane riggers and operators in all areas, as well as performing inspections, operator level maintenance, selection and configuration of slings, cables, ropes, pulleys, winches, blocks, shackles and sheaves according to weight and size of load to be moved
  • Inspect and maintain overhead cranes and smaller hydraulic cranes (200 tons or less)
  • Inspect and schedule maintenance for rental equipment
  • Perform other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment
  • Above all, remain dependable which means be unfazed by ambiguity or major changes in strategic direction


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 5+ years of experience with rigging, critical lift, or crane operations
  • 5+ years of experience leading a team


  • 10+ years of crane operations or rigging experience
  • Understanding of all rigging equipment - shackles, straps, slings, rope, hoists, etc.
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or physics
  • Ability to calculate and determine appropriate lifting equipment and write lift plans
  • Strong working knowledge of lifting signals and communications
  • Strong working knowledge of operating and inspecting heavy equipment
  • Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment


  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral
  • NCCER certification
  • NCCCO crane operator certification
  • Must have a valid driver’s license
  • Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small opening and climbing hand over hand, lifting 50 lbs. unassisted, and working on ladders/lifts at elevated heights
  • Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments - heat, cold, rain
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends
  • Able to travel for short and extended trips as needed - up to 5% travel


Pay range:

Crane Operations/Manager: $130,000.00 - $180,000.00/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.