Propulsion Engineer
Falcon Vehicle Operations
Posted on 3/24/2023
West Athens, CA, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 1+ years' professional experience with propulsion systems, fluid systems, and/or systems engineering
  • Master's degree in aerospace/aeronautical or mechanical engineering
  • Strong understanding of compressible and incompressible fluid mechanics first principles
  • Proficient knowledge of statics and mechanics of materials
  • Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills, exceptional attention to detail
  • Experience working with pressurized fluid systems and components, such as pneumatic systems, cryogenic propellant systems, pressure control devices, valves, diffusers, and fittings
  • Experience testing rocket stage or engine propulsion systems
  • Experience with integrated vehicle pad and launch operations
  • Familiarity with common aerospace instrumentation (e.g. pressure transducers, RTDs)
  • Familiarity with basic concepts of control systems
  • Hands-on hardware experience performing fabrication, assembly and/or testing (can be in a professional, academic, entrepreneurial, or hobby setting)
  • Demonstrated track record of success in a rapidly growing, changing, and highly technical environment - ability to act and execute in a scrappy, entrepreneurial manner against tight timelines
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) and ability to succinctly present recommendations to stakeholders, the customer, and management
  • Working knowledge of Python and/or MATLAB
  • Working knowledge of version controlling software such as SVN and/or GIT
  • Must be willing to work extended hours and weekends as needed
  • Must be willing to travel in support of test and launch operations
  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg AFB
  • 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
  • Maintain a comprehensive understanding of all stage propulsion systems and their operations
  • Take on sole responsibility for the success of a stage's propulsion systems for a given test or launch campaign
  • Define, implement, and validate propulsion system checkouts
  • Define, implement, and execute on test and mission objectives
  • Support test and launch operations across all SpaceX facilities, including live on-console support from mission control
  • Perform post-test and post-flight data reviews
  • Lead propulsion system anomaly investigations and drive investigations to resolution
  • Solve undefined and multi-disciplinary problems, interfacing with engineering teams across SpaceX (e.g. thermal and fluid analysis, guidance navigation and control, avionics, engines, launch)
  • Identify and drive vehicle trades, including trades in design, operations, and performance
  • Optimize recurring test and mission tasks to enable an increasingly demanding launch manifest

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.