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CNC Programmer (Starlink) - Level 4/5



Software Engineering
Redmond, WA, USA
Posted on Sunday, June 9, 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.


The CNC Programmer role here at SpaceX is expected to have a comprehensive understanding of all CNC machining and programming operations. This role is tasked with working in close concert with machinist, leads, engineering teams, and machining operations management to increase productivity and optimizing machining programs and procedures.


  • Use of NX or MasterCam CAD/CAM/CAE program to program CNC parts
  • Vericut NC files as well as maintain revision control on programs and setup sheets
  • Knowledgeable of cutting tools and adjusting speed and feed parameters for maximum tool life
  • Makes or offers suggestions on drawing changes to improve manufacturability
  • Constantly keeps products moving and alerting management when production is inhibited
  • Provides consistent ideas for process improvements
  • Mentors motivated machinists with programming knowledge
  • Turn-key part manufacturing involving planning tools and materials, programming and machining parts for critical part processes
  • Machining parts occasionally to assist the shop floor when machining is backlogged


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 5+ years of CNC programming experience using NX or MasterCam software


  • 10+ years of CNC programming experience using NX or MasterCam software
  • Ability to program in both NX and MasterCam
  • Experience with programming and operating multi axis mill and lathe CNC machines


  • Must be available for 2nd shift (3:30 PM to 2 AM)
  • Must be available for overtime and weekend hours
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Ability to stand for extended periods - 8 hours min
  • Ability to stoop, bend, crawl, and being able to maneuver in tight spaces
  • Ability to work in an environment with repetitive movement, bending or twisting, using hands to handle, control, or feel objects, tools or controls, exposure to sounds and noise levels that are distracting


Pay range:

CNC Programmer/Level 4: $44.00 - $54.00/hour

CNC Programmer/Level 5: $48.00 - $62.00/hour

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. Non-exempt Washington employees are eligible for sick leave in accordance with Washington's Sick Leave policies.


  • 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.