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Power Components Engineer (Starlink)

Swarm Technologies

Swarm Technologies

Redmond, WA, USA
Posted on Wednesday, January 31, 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.

POWER COMPONENTS ENGINEER (STARLINK)

At SpaceX we’re leveraging our experience in building rockets and spacecraft to deploy Starlink, the world’s most advanced broadband internet system. Starlink is the world’s largest satellite constellation and is providing fast, reliable internet to 2M+ users worldwide. We design, build, test, and operate all parts of the system – thousands of satellites, consumer antennae that allow users to connect within minutes of unboxing, and the software that brings it all together. We’ve only begun to scratch the surface of Starlink’s potential global impact and are looking for best-in-class engineers to help maximize Starlink’s utility for communities and businesses around the globe.

The Satellite Power Team is responsible for the design of high-performance solar arrays, batteries, and power transmission components for the entire Starlink satellite fleet. As a power components engineer, you will fully own complex hardware from cradle to grave including system sizing, design, development, analysis, qualification, production, integration, and operation. You will also interact regularly with senior leadership during critical design phases, ultimately ushering in the next era of the internet and delivering connectivity to those who need it most.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Serve as the responsible engineer and extreme owner for the design, analysis, fabrication, qualification, and flight operation of solar arrays, solar array deploy mechanisms, batteries, and other electromechanical components.
  • Perform in-depth first principles analysis and FEA to assess and optimize designs.
  • Proficient use of computer-aided design (CAD), finite element analysis (FEA) tools, and hand calculations.
  • Drive conceptual design, design criteria definition and component level trades.
  • Hold design reviews internally, participate in reviews with suppliers and customers.
  • Drive technology improvements; work with engineers and teams across the company to ensure success of components.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Experience with CAD and FEA software packages.
  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, math, engineering or STEM discipline.

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Demonstrated expertise in design, CAD, FEA, GD&T, defining test plans, designing test setups, and executing hardware environmental qualification tests.
  • Power components domain knowledge (i.e. solar cell fundamentals, battery monitoring techniques, battery and/or solar cell failure modes and failure mitigation).
  • Hands-on experience with mechanism/structures design, prototyping, and precision mechanical assembly.
  • Demonstrated understanding of structural analysis and failure modes of complex mechanical systems.
  • Experience running fast paced, integrated, development/qualification test campaigns.
  • Excellent communicator with the ability to work well in an integrated team including daily interactions with technicians, engineers, managers, and suppliers.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Extended hours and weekend work may be required to support critical project and mission milestones.

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:

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

ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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.