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Launch Engineer
Mechanical Systems, Launch Pads
Posted on 6/11/2022
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
  • Bachelor's degree in manufacturing engineering, industrial engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or other similar engineering discipline
  • 1+ year of experience designing, analyzing, or building mechanical assemblies
  • 1+ years of experience with industrial fabrication or production line support
  • Experience testing and operating with or around hazardous systems (high pressure, high energy, hazardous gases & fluids, etc.)
  • Familiarity with instrumentation and control components (pressure transducers, thermocouples, RTDs, strain gauges, accelerometers, flow meters, load cells, relays, solenoid, pneumatic valves)
  • Direct knowledge of CNC milling, waterjet/plasma table cutting, welding, quality inspection, high pressure fluids, instrumentation, painting, assembly and activation of complex systems
  • Familiarity with geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Familiarity with lean manufacturing principles
  • Experience using SOLIDWORKS, Siemens NX, or similar CAD software
  • Experience using ANSYS, FEMAP or similar finite element analysis software
  • Experience using python or other programming languages for data review and analysis
  • Knowledge of engineering standards and best practices such as ASME B31.3, ASME BPV Code Section VIII, and AFSPCMAN 91-710
  • Experience reviewing data from anomalies and identifying root cause
  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure, fast paced environment
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Strong work ethic and drive to for constant improvement balanced with the ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Must be willing to work weekends and night shifts as needed
  • Must display a fervent drive to address issues and design upgrades while providing analysis backed engineering
  • Must be willing to travel to other launch sites in support of operational activities and launches; travel requirement is up to 15%
  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral
  • 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
  • Serve as the responsible engineer for multiple launch pad mechanical systems and structures
  • Utilize FEM software (e.g. ANSYS, FEMAP) and rigorous hand calculations to facilitate design and issue disposition
  • Work with, and direct, a skilled technician workforce to carry out troubleshooting, maintenance activities, upgrades, and refurbishment
  • Contribute to the development and improvement of the functional automation relating to the systems for which you are responsible
  • Identify and implement upgrades to launch pad hardware, software, and procedures - drive continuous improvement in these areas by interfacing regularly with various teams across SpaceX
  • Represent SpaceX by presenting certification packages and engineering data to U.S. government agencies including NASA, US Air Force and others
  • Utilize a high-end CAD software design package (NX) to facilitate design and engineering drawing creation as well as issue disposition
  • Interpret technical manufacturing documents, ERP records, and shop processes to ensure accuracy in planning documents
  • Create, document, and enforce design and manufacturing standards, including design and implementation of planning, shop floor, and field work efficiency projects
  • Procure raw material and parts needed to complete assemblies
  • Use lean principles to drive process improvements throughout any hardware refurb process
  • Master schedule projects based on assigned resources and need dates to meet company milestones
  • Present cost and schedule trade proposals to leadership

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.