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Principal Satellite Engineer
Posted on 2/2/2022
West Athens, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • Engineering leadership experience
  • 7+ years of engineering experience working with spacecraft and national security or scientific research missions
  • Active TS or TS/SCI security clearance
  • Experience with interdisciplinary spacecraft development engineering projects with a track record of success
  • Technical interface experience with customers on satellite programs
  • Hardware and operational development experience on spacecraft systems
  • Travel to vendor sites may be required
  • Travel to launch and test sites may be required
  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg
  • Note that an active clearance may provide the opportunity for you to work on sensitive SpaceX missions; if so, you will be subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testing
  • 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
  • Lead implementation and test for spacecraft subsystems
  • Evaluate and make material selection determinations for optimal performance
  • Participate in satellite missions to help navigate complex vehicle trades
  • Optimize satellite designs to best serve customer-specific needs
  • Provide engineering updates on satellite development efforts to customers at meetings, major reviews, and as otherwise required
  • Autonomously keep a pulse on emergent risks to reliability and schedule, and surface concerns to leadership
  • Report overall program status and critical path items to management in order to drive company decisions

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 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.