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Ground Systems Engineer

Posted on 10/19/2022



10,001+ employees

Develops and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft


Compensation Overview

$100k - $135kAnnually

Mid, Senior

West Athens, CA, USA

Aerospace Engineering
Required Skills
  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical, chemical, aerospace, or another engineering discipline
  • Experience with fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and/or process engineering
  • Strong desire and ability to learn quickly, adapt and innovate
  • Advanced degree in mechanical, aerospace or chemical engineering
  • 5+ years of hands-on experience working with cryogenic fluid systems in a professional setting or outside the classroom project team
  • Demonstrated expertise designing and operating fluid systems
  • Experience using and troubleshooting control systems for remote operations and instrumentation feedback
  • Experience testing and operating with or around hazardous systems (high pressure, high energy, hazardous gases & fluids, etc.)
  • PLC programming experience - Siemens preferred
  • Experience using CAD capability for 3D modeling (NX, SolidWorks)
  • 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
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a multidisciplinary team of technicians and engineers
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Ability to lift, stand, climb, bend, grasp, sit, pull, push, stoop, stretch, and carry are generally required to perform the functions of this position
  • Able to work extended hours and weekends 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
  • Serve as the responsible engineer for one or multiple fluids ground systems including compressible, incompressible, and/or cryogenic fluid systems
  • Use knowledge of heat transfer, thermodynamics, fluids dynamics, controls, and instrumentation to analyze, design and document new and existing production systems
  • Manage interdisciplinary teams to design, build, activate, and maintain fluids engineering projects from requirements definition through obsolescence
  • Identify, design, and implement fluids system upgrades, including changes to components, system, software, and process - driving continuous improvement
  • Collaborate with and develop relationships with production/build teams to anticipate fluids system needs and provide recommendations on process design for manufacturability
  • Work alongside and assist a skilled technician workforce in providing day-to-day ground systems support including testing, troubleshooting, maintenance, repair, and upgrades
  • Provide expertise, insight, and recommendations on pressurized components and safe operation of pressure systems to multiple teams across the company

SpaceX specializes in developing and launching advanced rockets and spacecraft, with a focus on transforming space transportation. Their key technologies include advanced rocket propulsion systems, spacecraft design, and cargo resupply missions for NASA.

Company Stage


Total Funding



Hawthorne, California



Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth



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.