Test Technician (Propulsion), Texas
SpaceX - McGregor, TX

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The Company

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 by any reasonable standard, but we're going to make them happen. We have the potential here at SpaceX to have an incredible effect of the future of humanity and life itself."

– Elon Musk

If you’re undaunted by the impossible, actively seeking 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 spacex.com for additional information.

The Job


SpaceX Test Technicians work in a fast-paced environment, supporting a variety of propulsion and structural systems tests. Specific responsibilities associated with this job include:

Ensure all engine and structural test stand related equipment/services are performed on time, safely, and in a professional manner

Monitor and maintain a reasonable inventory of cryogenic equipment, including transfer and storage dewars, transfer tubes, fittings, hoses, and other supplies

Maintain inventory of engine spare parts and equipment to repair or replace defective components

Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair equipment and instrumentation as needed

Fabricate and repair engine hardware and equipment

Collaborate with design engineers to develop and document activities

Ensure all engine components and materials are clean and inspected according to Clean for Oxygen Service Standards

Operate and maintain hardware, high pressure systems and pumps, and other ancillary equipment including pneumatic components

Build and maintain structural and engine test equipment

Obtain and maintain licenses, operator permits or certifications as required

Perform a variety of related duties in support of engine testing and structural test stand programs


Education & Experience Requirements:
Associates degree, preferred; High School Diploma or equivalent GED required

Some experience in the space exploration industry, aviation, military or other high-reliability operating environment is highly preferred

Entry level positions available and training provided for all job responsibilities, experience in ground support equipment in an aerospace industry highly preferred

Mechanical aptitude and experience (work with machines and general tooling)

Formalized mechanical training, skilled in hand and power tool usage

A demonstrated experience where quick-thinking and problem solving plays a critical role

A&P license, a plus

General Requirements:
Knowledge of high vacuum systems is an advantage

Knowledge of all types of bore scope inspection equipment

Knowledge of different fittings such as NPT and A/N

Ability to utilize power tools and hand tools as well as heavy equipment

A demonstrated ability in reading/understanding technical manuals and reports

Use of precision measuring instruments

Communication skills for relaying data (verbally and in-writing) between other employees and customers

Ability to work effectively in a team environment

Be able to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment

Physical Requirements:
Ability to work in a high-concentration, high-stress environment

Good response to challenges posed by short deadlines

Acute attention to detail

Problem solving and critical thinking skills

A positive, upbeat attitude

General physical fitness is required for some work areas, flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required, also the ability to lift heavy objects is required in this position >50lbs

Ability to work at elevated heights

Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain

Additional position information

Work Hours and Conditions:
Typically 50 hour work weeks, schedule varies depending on site operational needs, flexibility required

Ability to work rotating shifts

Overtime is frequently required for particular tasks or test series

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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