Water/Wastewater Treatment Engineer

Space Exploration Technologies Brownsville , TX 78526

Posted 3 weeks ago

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.


The Starship Engineering team is looking for an individual to design, build, and operate a water and wastewater treatment system for the Starship development site in Brownsville, TX. This site is a self-sustaining facility with production, test, and launch operations as well as living quarters and entertainment amenities for the Starship team members. This is the gateway to Mars!


  • Design, build, and commission water and wastewater treatment system for Boca Chica site

  • Coordinate with launch site leadership to prioritize immediate needs and longer-term development

  • Work with spaceport team to fulfill a wide range of water needs, including irrigation, bathrooms, housing, and kitchens

  • Work with launch team to fulfill water leads for testing and launching Starship

  • Development of design criteria, perform engineering and analysis, and specify and procure equipment for the design of a site-wide water and wastewater system - including desalination systems.

  • Support of construction projects with internal and external labor

  • Work closely with facility teams to ensure system design is well-understood and easy to operate long term

  • Work with automation and controls team to monitor, control, and automate the system

  • Establish chemical treatment and evaluation process

  • Task and project management


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical, chemical, civil, environmental or aerospace engineering
  • 2+ years of hands-on experience working with water/wastewater systems in a professional setting


  • Master's degree in mechanical, chemical, civil, environmental or aerospace engineering

  • 5+ years of experience delivering wastewater, water, and water resource solutions for a municipality or resort

  • Demonstrated expertise designing and operating systems from conception through full operation

  • CAD capability for 3D modeling (e.g. NX, SolidWorks)

  • Experience operating and troubleshooting control systems required for remote and automated operations

  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team of talented and driven engineers

  • Licensed professional engineer (PE) is desired

  • Strong analytical, conceptual, communication and organizational skills

  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight

  • Able to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment including daily interactions with technicians, engineers, and managers

  • Able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure, fast paced environment

  • Self-motivated and directed with keen attention to detail


  • Willing to work extended hours and weekends as needed

  • Willing to travel to our launch sites in support of build out activities and launches; travel requirement is up to 15%


  • 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.

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.

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Water/Wastewater Treatment Engineer

Space Exploration Technologies