Development Test Engineer
Starship Structural Test
Posted on 2/4/2023
Austin, TX, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
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  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, electrical engineering or other engineering field
  • 1+ years of experience with testing, mechanical or data acquisition and control system design (internships and college competition team count)
  • Strong technical skills in one or more of the following areas: mechanical or structural design, data acquisition and instrumentation, programming, fluid and hydraulic design or operation, structural testing
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new skills or adapt to new situations. Unphased by challenges that go beyond the traditional comfort zone or experience. Multidisciplinary approach to problem solving
  • Experience in project ownership under technical and schedule pressure and where the scope and definition were limited
  • Experience testing and operating with or around hazardous systems (high pressure, high energy, hazardous gases and fluids, etc.)
  • Experience working on projects that involve the integration of electrical, mechanical, and software systems (launch vehicle and/or spacecraft experience is not required)
  • Flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required
  • Ability to work at elevated heights occasionally (scissor lifts and articulating boom lifts)
  • Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments - heat, cold, rain
  • Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small openings and climbing hand over hand
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
  • Schedule varies depending on site operational needs; flexibility required
  • Considerable travel to the Starbase facility is required if working out of the Austin SpaceX office (up to 50%)
  • Working with vehicle engineers, develop and execute static and dynamic system level structural tests from conception. Including test article and test stand configuration, boundary conditions, fluid, electrical, and software schematics, and concept of operations
  • Design, modify, and build mechanical systems. Systems include small lugs and brackets through large structural weldments
  • Design, modify, build, and troubleshoot fluid systems. Systems include low to high pressure gaseous working fluids, rocket propellants (including cryogenic propellants), and hydraulic load control systems
  • Design, modify, build, and troubleshoot data acquisition and control systems, wiring, and instrumentation. DAQ systems are primarily NI based and instruments include strain gages, pressure transducers, deflection gages, load cells, thermocouples, and RTDs
  • Develop and maintain test procedures, sequences, scripts, configuration files, and software
  • Operate the test stand from test assembly and activation through test execution with a small team of engineers and technicians
  • Provide daily direction and instruction to technicians to integrate test articles and hardware (install instrumentation and wiring, assemble small and large mechanical components, repair metallic structures, pressurize and functional check of pressure systems, lift and transport large structures)
  • Review data manually or using automatic scripts

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.