Test Automation Engineer (Starlink)

Hawthorne, CA, United States

Full Time
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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.


Starlink believes in providing fast, reliable internet to serve populations with little or no connectivity. We design, build, and launch the world's largest constellation of satellites, enabling us to operate a global internet network unbounded by traditional ground infrastructure limitations. Want to help build the next era of Internet? 

We are looking for creative and driven test automation engineers to spearhead the development, automation, and manufacturing of millions of devices that we ship directly to customers (Starlink dishes, Wi-Fi routers, etc). Engineers on this team are curious, love to learn new things, and work effectively in a dynamic environment with changing needs as we strive to deliver high-impact technology on a massive scale.


  • Design, activate, troubleshoot, and optimize automated production test lines. Depending on the project and engineer skillset, this could include activities like:
    • 6DOF robot and conveyor selection and programming
    • mechanical design of end effectors, pallets, test chambers, etc.
    • automation harnessing and sensor schematics and layouts
  • Own the definition and implementation of the most effective high-volume production tests with input from the electrical, antenna, software, mechanical, and manufacturing teams
  • Design testing tools and common test platforms that enable anyone on the team to run development tests that take new ideas from initial development to full scale production
  • Automate testing and data analysis with software (Python) to accelerate our testing cadence and how quickly we can learn about our designs
  • Root cause test failures to uncover new ways to increase product performance, reliability, and factory yield


  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, mechatronics, electrical engineering, computer science or other engineering discipline
  • 1+ years experience in a design, test, or manufacturing engineering role (internship, curricular, and project team experience is applicable)


  • Experience taking a mechanical or electrical product through the full design process cycle: from development/prototyping to final product operation or manufacturing
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative, communicate effectively, and work both independently and within a team
  • Solid understanding of mechanical or electrical fundamental engineering principals
  • Computer Aided Design experience with NX 12 or similar CAD software
  • Software development experience in Python, C++, or related languages
  • Industrial automation design experience with EPLAN and/or TwinCat 3
  • Automation or testing in a high-volume manufacturing environment, including industrial robotics and PLCs


  • Must be available to work extended hours as needed


  • 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.  

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Job region(s): North America
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