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Avionics Test Engineer
Systems, Starship
Confirmed live in the last 24 hours
West Athens, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
  • Bachelor's degree in an electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or science
  • 1+ years of experience with system level testing, electrical or mechanical component design, or integration of complex systems (research and extracurricular academic projects qualify)
  • Passion for spaceflight and demonstrated experience with testing hardware sub-systems such as power, communications, network, actuators, and sensors
  • Self-starter with demonstrated experience on multiple projects making integrated systems work within demanding time and resource constraints
  • Experience working through system trades, pushing back on requirements, and following through with successful system builds
  • Experience drafting formal test plans and reports
  • Experience with CAD and FEA software packages and strong first-principles engineering fundamentals
  • Experience with batteries, motor drives, and solar arrays, building out high power systems operating at hundreds of volts and many kilo-watts of power
  • Experience writing engineering software for test automation, data review, and design analysis, preferably in Python
  • Experience with electrical test equipment (scopes, meters, probes, etc.)
  • Knowledge of underlying physics for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)
  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to collaborate with other engineering disciplines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Extended hours and weekend work may be required to support critical project and mission milestones
  • Occasional travel may be required to Starbase, Texas
  • 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
  • Be the responsible engineer for integrated test systems that validate high power Starship avionic systems prior to activation and flight at the launch site
  • Work collaboratively with customers and experts, including test engineers, software engineers, avionics systems engineers, hardware development engineers, and build teams - defining test objectives and assets for small sub-systems through large vehicle level test systems
  • Define test system design, including test plans and procedures, instrumentation, system schematics, harness definition, hardware manifest, and other considerations as required to ensure safety of personnel and test assets
  • Provide hands on assistance and coordination for build out of test systems, and act as test director for execution of tests which explore the performance envelope of key flight assets, expose system weaknesses, and directly contribute to mission success
  • Drive to root cause and provide corrective action to ensure high quality test results, along with continuously improving test system assets and processes to enable higher fidelity and efficient test execution
  • Provide robust documentation and reporting for system configuration and test results, along with formal reviews with stakeholders, customers, and peers before and after test activities
  • Manage test milestones, detailed project schedules, and coordinate work for cross-functional team members to best support program objectives
  • Be a part of the future and blow stuff up spectacularly for a day job - all in a safe and controlled environment

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.