Launch Engineer (Launch Pad Systems and Operations), Cape
SpaceX - Cape Canaveral, FL

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Space Exploration Technologies

Work to advance the course of human history and pave the way to Mars.

SpaceX is a US based advanced technology company founded by residing CEO and CTO, Elon Musk. SpaceX builds rockets and spacecraft from the ground up including cutting edge electronics, software, vehicle structures, and engine systems. The Falcon Launch Vehicle and Dragon Spacecraft programs are some of the most ambitious engineering systems in the world, designed to support our ultimate goals of aviation-like spaceflight capability and making humanity a multi-planet species.

"SpaceX is like Special Forces… we do the missions that others think are impossible. We have goals that are absurdly ambitious, but we're going to make them happen. We have the potential here at SpaceX to have an incredible effect on the future of humanity and life itself."
– Elon Musk

If you’re undaunted by the impossible, actively seek out insanely challenging projects under tight schedules, and want to work with a remarkable organization pushing the envelope of human exploration, then you will want to be part of the SpaceX legacy.

We are actively seeking the brightest minds from all industries and technologies to continue building our world class team. Please visit for additional information.

Mechanical Engineer, Fluid Systems and Pad Operations

Assist in the analytical design and development of propellant and pressurant systems required to launch the vehicle. The systems include liquid oxygen, RP-1, gaseous helium, gaseous nitrogen, hydraulics, water, and environmental control systems.

Assist in the analytical design, maintenance, and operation of the vehicle transporter erector (TE).

Perform pre and post launch operations on the vehicle and ground systems

Use fluid dynamic, thermodynamic, and heat transfer scientific knowledge is required to design tubing and piping systems ranging in size from ¼” to 18” diameter. In addition, knowledge of ASME and related fundamental specifications is desired.

Help SpaceX achieve its long-term goal of creating the world’s first fully automated launch system capable of rolling the vehicle to the pad, raising it to position, fueling the vehicle, and executing a full launch sequence within a 1-hour time window.

Basic Qualifications:
Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering or similar area of study

Preferred Skills and Experience:
Strong understanding of fluid mechanics

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering

Successfully Passed the Florida Fundamentals of Engineering Exam or Professional Engineering Exam (PE License)

Demonstrated expertise in the design of propellant and gas systems

Experience modeling fluid system prior to construction to increase system reliability

Experience using and troubleshooting ground control systems required for remote operations and instrumentation feedback

Must be able to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment including daily interactions with technicians, engineers, and managers

Additional Requirements:
Able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment

Must be able to work significant overtime.

ITAR Requirements:
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resource Department at (310) 363-6000.

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