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Lead, Civil Engineer, Starbase Development (Starship)

Swarm Technologies

Swarm Technologies

Texas, USA
Posted on Wednesday, October 4, 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.


Our elite Starbase Development team owns the design, build, and commissioning of infrastructure, housing, amenities, and community spaces at the Starbase Rocket Production and Launch Facility. You will have the opportunity to drive positive change and own projects from start to finish, directly impacting the footprint of the Starship Program. This challenge isn’t for everyone, but hardcore projects require hardcore leaders. If you are a high performing engineer, and want to lead the effort toward the goal of making Starbase a world-class city, we want to hear from you.


As a member of the team you can expect:

  • A dynamic role doing what you’re best at; leading the design and building infrastructure, housing, amenities, and community spaces for future of the program
  • A tremendously immersive, fast-paced environment. You’ll be expected to own large business outcomes and lead engineers at rate of personal and professional growth that is unmatched literally anywhere else
  • Lead an in-house consulting and construction organization communicating daily with internal stakeholders and leaders in the field to support in eliminating blockers accelerating design and build schedules.
  • Lead engineers to success, growing the future leaders of the Civil industry and SpaceX empowering them to be extreme owners utilizing next generation technologies and tools
  • The unique opportunity to lead and witness an impossible idea manifest in real life. The next few years will be incredibly dynamic as we expand the foundation for enabling human life on Mars
  • An unparalleled sense of accomplishment if we succeed, excitement guaranteed


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, structural engineering, or other engineering discipline
  • 5+ years of engineering, project management, construction management, facilities management, mechanical or civil or structural engineering via project team, research, internship, and/or professional experience
  • 1+ years of professional experience leading an engineering team
  • Hold a Professional Engineering (PE) or Structural Engineering (SE) license


  • Master's degree in mechanical engineering, civil engineering, structural engineering, or other engineering discipline
  • Strong ability to use data and analysis to make fast data-driven decisions.
  • Knowledge of American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) steel manual, American Concrete Institute (ACI) code 318, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 7, and International Building Codes (IBC)
  • Experience creating structural detail drawings in AutoCAD, Revit, NX, Solidworks or similar drafting programs
  • Knowledge of ETABS, SAP2000, S-Concrete, ANSYS, FEMAP or similar analysis design programs
  • Ability to perform trade studies and make clear recommendations using first principles and engineering fundamentals even with partial information. Strong understanding of engineering fundamentals
  • Experience working at a nimble engineering organization or in a highly technical position that required a scrappy, entrepreneurial manner to accomplish tasks with tight time or budget constraints
  • Excelled in ultra-competitive environments. You’ve nailed a podium finish in engineering, math, or science competitions, achieved scores in the top percentile of scholastic or standardized tests, or demonstrated other incredible feats of intellectual achievement
  • Experience building hardware or have a passion for contributing to a work product that operates in the real world
  • Succeeded in multiple endeavors at once. Maybe you worked through college, were a student athlete, or demonstrated strong work or academic performance in multiple fields
  • Demonstrated rapid growth. You’ve held successive positions of increasing responsibility within an organization, were able to get yourself up to speed at a heroic pace, and accomplished something meaningfully difficult early in your career
  • You’ve demonstrated resilience and the ability to overcome failure or extreme odds. Many critics would say that our goals are impossible but this isn’t the first time we’ve proven that highly improbable goals like reusable rockets can become possible
  • Success in academics at a rigorous and highly regarded university: minimum GPA 3.5/4.0 or higher, standardized test scores minimum 95th percentile, merit-based scholarship recipient


  • Ability to work extended hours and weekends as necessary


Pay range:
Civil Engineer/Lead: $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 & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & 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.