Sr. Aviation Certification Engineer
Posted on 10/19/2022
Austin, TX, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Product Design
  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering, math, or physics discipline
  • 5+ years of experience in mechanical or electrical product design, testing, or manufacturing (internship or extracurricular experience is applicable)
  • 4+ years of experience with FAA certification
  • Experience with DO-160 environmental testing, aircraft ground testing, aircraft flight testing
  • Previous ownership of an aerospace certification from application to FAA acceptance
  • Demonstrated ability to produce documentation deliverables on a tight timeline
  • Extremely strong proficiency with Microsoft Word as a tool to produce and manage large documents
  • Experience generating schematics, diagrams, and data visualizations that clearly communicate design intent of systems, tests or analysis
  • Hardware ownership for mechanical or electrical systems through entire lifecycle (design, qualification, manufacturing, and launch)
  • Understanding of failure modes of complex mechanical and electrical systems
  • Extremely strong verbal and written communication skills
  • 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
  • Produce certification deliverables on a tight timeline that comply with FAA regulations for supplemental type certification applications (project specific certification plans, test plans, analysis & substantiation reports, conformity inspection plans, operational documents, airplane flight manual supplements)
  • Drive certification process improvements to reduce overhead and improve schedules for future certification applications
  • Manage multiple concurrent certification efforts and provide regular updates on schedule and deliverables to senior management
  • Act as the subject matter expert on the FAA certification process and how it integrates with SpaceX internal tools and processes
  • Work with hardware owners to ensure regulatory compliance early in the design cycle

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.