Sr. Test Automation Engineer, Factory Automation (Starlink)

Redmond, WA, United States

Full Time Senior-level / Expert
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SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.

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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.


SpaceX is developing a low latency, broadband internet system to meet the needs of consumers across the globe. Enabled by a constellation of low Earth orbit satellites, Starlink will provide fast, reliable internet to populations with little or no connectivity, including those in rural communities and places where existing services are too expensive or unreliable. Starlink is now delivering initial beta service and accepting pre-orders both domestically and internationally, and will continue expansion to near global coverage of the populated world in 2021.

The Sr. Test Automation Engineer will play a key role as we strive to manufacture satellites and ground stations for the Starlink constellation. Specifically, they will be responsible for the development and execution of software and some hardware solutions that automate testing strategies for physical sensors such as pressure, acceleration, strain, and temperature. They have the final say before a Starlink satellite or gateway is delivered to space or the field.


  • Develop modular, reusable test and automation code in Python and similar languages for manufacturing and engineering design verification
  • Develop data analysis tools to track and report trends in key parameters and interpret failures
  • Work closely with manufacturing, hardware test engineers and tooling engineers to implement COTS and custom test hardware
  • Work closely with design engineers and manufacturing engineers to gather requirements and ensure a testable product is being developed. Make recommendations for design, process improvements, and data collection
  • Provide training and technical support, and incorporate feedback from test operators
  • Triage and root-cause test failures


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering, physics, or STEM discipline
  • 5+ years experience developing production, test, or automation solutions
  • 5+ years experience with new product development or factory production


  • Experience in development test software, automation, manufacturing, or embedded electronics with preference for experience in Python, Linux, BASH, C/C++, and common markup languages
  • Knowledge of Linux and Windows operating systems, RAID, VLANs, basic network security
  • Experience writing SQL queries
  • Experience working with high-volume manufacturing
  • Experience automating processes and testing to improve manufacturing yields and reduce production time
  • Experience with RF test equipment including WiFi, Ku, Bluetooth, and GPS
  • Extensive knowledge with a range of digital and analog interfaces including GPIB, USB, VISA, TCP/IP, VLAN, CAN bus, SPI, I2C, analog-to-digital conversion
  • Excellent leadership, communication and teamwork skills


  • 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.  

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.

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