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Launch Engineer
Posted on 9/19/2022
Vandenberg Village, CA, USA
Experience Level
  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of experience within the last 5 years with fluid systems, hydraulics and/or HVAC systems
  • Master's degree in engineering
  • Self-starter that will seek out the solutions to technical problems with the local team along with the larger SpaceX workforce
  • Hands-on experience working with complex fluid or mechanical systems in a professional setting or outside the classroom project team
  • Demonstrated expertise in the design of propellant and gas systems
  • Experience modeling fluid system prior to construction
  • Experience troubleshooting systems utilizing remote operations and instrumentation feedback
  • Experience with fluid systems engineering, assembly, operation or test
  • Good written and oral communication; especially translating technical concepts for non-technical audiences
  • General hands-on mechanical experience: automotive, robotics, rocketry, etc
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding atmosphere
  • Sound verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Vandenberg and Cape Canaveral
  • Must be willing to travel to other SpaceX locations as necessary
  • Work schedule may vary depending on site operational needs, and flexibility is required
  • Ability to lift 35 lbs. unassisted
  • Lifting, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position
  • 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
  • Work closely with other engineers to increase system automation
  • Write procedures for system activation and maintenance
  • Select components, such as valves, pumps, piping, tanks, and filters, and provide detailed specifications for their purchase
  • Complete design and drafting of schematics (P&IDs)
  • Interact with vendors and resolve technical warranty issues
  • Interact with other engineers to design the physical piping layout of the fluids systems
  • Assist with advanced troubleshooting
  • Own and perform all activation testing with a small team of engineers and technicians
  • Provide innovative solutions to problems while working with minimal supervision
  • Represent SpaceX by presenting certification packages and engineering data to U.S. government agencies including NASA, US Air Force and other DoD customers

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.