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Avionics Systems Engineer (Starship)

Swarm Technologies

Swarm Technologies

Software Engineering
Texas, USA
Posted on Thursday, March 7, 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.


As a Starship Avionics Systems & Operations Engineer, you will have the unique opportunity to be part of a cross-functional team that bridge the gap between vehicle analysis, design, production and vehicle operations.

The Ship Avionics Team is responsible for cradle to grave ownership of Starship vehicle avionics as the vehicle is built, tested, launched, recovered and re-launched. This includes development of new capabilities for ship, electrical design of vehicle architecture, repair of electrical components, and troubleshooting of avionics subsystems including power distribution, vehicle network, onboard sensors, actuators, compute, RF, and video.


  • Represent the Starship avionics system throughout all stages of integration, from production and test all the way through GO for launch
  • Triage, troubleshoot, root cause, and repair electrical hardware issues on an aggressive production schedule. Drive future improvements to minimize prevent reoccurrence
  • Support vehicle pad and flight operations as avionics operator responsible for evaluating vehicle health, resolving issues real time, and recommending path forward
  • Contribute to new avionics vehicle architectures that minimize mass, cost, and labor through collaboration with adjacent teams and supporting analysis


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering field, science, or math
  • 2+ years of experience with electrical component design, system level integration of electronic components or system level testing
  • 1+ years of experience using software tools such as Matlab, C++ or Python


  • Competence with electrical test equipment (multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supplies, etc.)
  • Creative problem solving that can bring multiple disciplines together with the ability to assess risk and make design/development decisions without all available data
  • Experience troubleshooting sensors, actuators, and electrical components
  • Experience with 3D CAD software
  • Software fluency, enabling automation of test or analysis tasks
  • Self-motivated with strong multi-tasking, organizational and communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding atmosphere
  • Operations experience in flight test, piloting aircraft, or controlling other high consequence systems in real time


  • Extended hours and weekend work frequently required to support critical project and mission milestones
  • Position located in Starbase Texas. Travel to other SpaceX facilities may be intermittently required


Pay Range:
Starship Avionics Systems & Operations Engineer/Level I: $100,000.00 - $120,000.00/per year
Starship Avionics Systems & Operations Engineer/Level II: $115,000.00 - $135,000.00/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.