SpaceX is a US based space technology company founded by its residing CEO and CTO, Elon Musk, the former co-founder of PayPal. The company's goal is to renew a sense of excellence in the space industry by disrupting the current paradigm of complacency and replacing it with innovation and commercialized price points; laying the foundation for a truly space-faring human civilization.
SpaceX builds rockets and spacecraft from the ground up; including electronics, software, vehicle structures, and engines. In-house development includes nearly all flight critical custom components amounting to approximately 85% of our vehicles both by mass and by value. Our development and production efforts represent some of the most dynamic and challenging technology problems seen in any organization.
Our success is driven by a wide variety of engineering perspectives and openness to all great ideas. We pride ourselves on being a meritocracy where employees are defined by their capabilities and contributions, instead of title or tenure. We are actively seeking the best and brightest minds from all industries to continue to build our world class team.
Our employees thrive in a fast-paced engineering ecosystem focused on innovation and high levels of personal responsibility. At SpaceX we cut through the noise and believe in the essentials of hardcore engineering.
We build it, test it, and fly it.
Propulsion – Our Propulsion group brings together some of the brightest minds in the engine business. We currently build more rocket engines than any other organization in the country, furthermore the design and performance parameters of SpaceX engines are notably recognized throughout the industry. Our team built the first human rated engines to see spaceflight since the Space Shuttles Main Engines were built over 30 years ago.
The Propulsion Systems Development Engineer position is essentially an Apprenticeship for the Propulsion Stage Responsible Engineer position. The Propulsion Systems Development Engineer will work with the Propulsion Stage Responsible Engineers performing design, analysis, and development engineering tasks related to the Falcon 9 vehicle fluid systems. The candidate will be interacting with engineers and technicians from all disciplines – excellent communication skills are essential. The candidate will be on a development path to become a recognized company expert in launch vehicle fluid systems – strong understanding of fluid dynamics and thermodynamics is required. The candidate may one day earn a position on-console as the Propulsion Systems Responsible Engineer – the ability to think clearly and communicate concisely while under pressure is critical.
Typical day-to-day activities:
Create test plans, analyze test data
Perform component- and system-level development tests to resolve hardware issues
Develop fluid component performance and design requirements
Make development decisions based on cost and schedule considerations
Work with manufacturing engineers to develop/optimize vehicle fluid systems assembly and installation
Work with software engineers to develop vehicle code to control vehicle fluid systems functions
Work with test engineers to develop vehicle fluid systems test requirements
Work with launch team engineers to develop launch site checkout and countdown requirements, and develop vehicle countdown autosequences
BS or MS in Mechanical Engineering, Aero/Astro Engineering, or related disciplines is required
Proficient in the basic principles of compressible and incompressible flow, thermodynamics
Familiarity with liquid propellant rocket engine cycles, liquid propellant launch vehicle fluid systems, and components used in launch vehicle fluid systems
Familiarity with materials used in launch vehicle fluid systems
Willingness to travel to test sites and launch sites
Must be self-motivated with strong organizational and written & oral communication skills
Must be able to work well in an integrated team including daily interactions with technicians and engineers
Skilled in Excel and Matlab
Familiarity with LabView data acquisition systems
Familiarity with Unigraphics NX7
Familiarity with orbital tube welding
Familiarity with machining and casting techniques
SpaceX offers one of the best environments in the world for employees to learn, build real working systems and tackle exciting challenges every day. We operate in a fun, casual work environment and have great benefits including: competitive salary, stock options, medical/dental insurance and free gym memberships. By joining the SpaceX team, you are not just a part of history, you are making it.
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.
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.
Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resource Department at (310) 363-6000.
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