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Sr. Pressure Vessel Engineer
Launch Systems, Starship
Posted on 11/3/2022
West Athens, CA, USA
Experience Level
  • Bachelors degree in engineering or a technical discipline
  • 5+ years experience designing pressure vessels or API storage tanks
  • Advanced degree in mechanical engineering
  • High level knowledge of fracture mechanics and fatigue assessments
  • Strong classic mechanics background, familiarity with generating and deriving closed-form solutions to solid mechanics problems
  • Familiarity with the ASME VIII-1 pressure vessel design code
  • 5+ years of hands-on experience working with pressure vessels in a professional setting or outside the classroom project team
  • PE license
  • Knowledge of ASME VIII-2
  • Experience performing fitness for service assessments per ASME FFS-1/API-579
  • Experience performing fatigue crack growth assessments using NASGRO or equal
  • Experience performing flexibility analysis per ASME B31.3
  • 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
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team of talented and driven engineers
  • Willing to travel to other launch sites in support of build and operational activities and launches; travel requirement is up to 15%
  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg
  • 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
  • Help SpaceX develop rapid, reliable, and automated launch sites, landing sites, test sites, and production facilities
  • Design pressure vessels for storage on cryogenic oxygen, nitrogen, and methane, with a focus towards creative integrated design that drives innovation
  • Assess acceptability of solid structures using finite element analysis
  • Design welded structures in accordance with AISC or equivalent structural code
  • Perform code studies in compliance with ASME, API, NFPA and other regulations
  • Develop manufacturing process for fabrication of pressure vessels
  • Manage fabrication and installation of pressure vessels at launch facilities
  • Review performance data and troubleshoot issues that arise during fabrication and commissioning of pressure vessels
  • Coordinate with engineers from other disciplines (civil, structural, fluids, etc.) to establish a complete system design
  • Work closely with operational teams to ensure system design is well-understood and easy to operate long term

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.