Thermal Protection System Engineer
Posted on 4/4/2023
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Experience Level
  • Bachelor's degree in materials science, mechanical engineering, or other engineering field
  • 2+ years of professional experience in high-temperature ceramic or technical glass
  • Experience with development of material systems from ideation to final product
  • Master's degree in an engineering discipline
  • Experience working directly with system, design, and analysis engineers
  • Familiarity with hypersonic, spaceflight, or re-entry operating environments, including material degradation mechanisms and failure modes
  • Familiarity with TPS state-of-the-art and system level design
  • Hands-on experience with TPS material, technologies and manufacturing
  • Experience in writing test plans and test procedures
  • Experience with data acquisition setup and field measurements
  • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills, with acute attention to detail
  • Ability to rapidly change roles and responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment
  • Ability to work well in a team environment and communicate clearly and accurately with a wide range of people
  • Ability to pass Space Force background check for Cape Canaveral
  • Overall mental fitness with the ability to work in a high-concentration, high-stress environment requiring prolonged mental concentration (under possible extended work hours)
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Willingness to work outdoors
  • 50 hour work weeks are typical, schedule varies depending on site operational needs, flexibility required
  • 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
  • Develop and execute experiments, procedures and tests on developmental components
  • Design and develop thermal protection hardware to enable and optimize vehicle's heatshield on material properties and cost reduction
  • Operate and use ceramic and chemical lab tools and equipment
  • Work with process engineers to develop scalable production solution
  • Manage and track multiple priorities while maintaining a focus on common project goals

10,001+ employees

Designs, manufactures, & launches rockets and spacecrafts
Company Overview
SpaceX's mission is to make humanity multiplanetary. The company is working on a next generation of fully reusable launch vehicles that will be the most powerful ever built, capable of carrying humans to Mars and other destinations in the solar system.
  • Benefits and Perks - Our employees’ well-being is important to us and essential to our capacity to do extraordinary things. We offer a wide variety of programs to support the health, wellness, and financial security of our employees and their families.
Company Core Values
  • Make History - SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company capable of returning a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, and in 2012 our Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station. And in 2020, SpaceX became the first private company to take humans there as well.
  • Reusability - SpaceX believes a fully and rapidly reusable rocket is the pivotal breakthrough needed to substantially reduce the cost of space access. The majority of the launch cost comes from building the rocket, which historically has flown only once.
  • Landing - SpaceX’s family of Falcon launch vehicles are the first and only orbital class rockets capable of reflight. Depending on the performance required for the mission, Falcon lands on one of our autonomous spaceport droneships out on the ocean or one of our landing zones near our launch pads.