Internship/Co-op Fall 2013, Texas
SpaceX 70 reviews - 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 for additional information.

The Department

Rocket Development Facility – Our Texas team is an integral part of SpaceX operations and plays the critical role of testing our flight vehicles and spacecraft. Located on a 700 acre site in central Texas, the Rocket Development Facility is responsible for testing hardware from development stages through acceptance for flight, and from component level to complete stage testing. Experiencing the rumbling of a rocket engine multiple times each day is just one of the highlights of working at our Rocket Development Facility.

The Job


Assist engineers in developing, continually reviewing, maintaining, and executing Test/GSE plans and processes

Assist engineers in working with data acquisition systems to continually improve data recording

Assist engineers in designing and maintaining facilities intended to test aerospace components, structures, and propulsion systems

Analyze high-fidelity measurement systems to include uncertainty, repeatability, and accuracy

Conduct tests, structural analysis and associated numerical tools to evaluate hardware performance

Complete projects assigned by engineers in helping to improve efficiency and site-wide goals

Coordinate with engineers to highlight problems and suggest areas for improvement

Develop novel ways site-wide to streamline processes and increase the reliability of testing operations

Performs other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment


Education & Experience Requirements:
Currently enrolled in a four year university or college with a degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, or software engineering

Preferred GPA of 3.5 or higher

Hands-on experience in prior internships or work experience, preferred

General requirements:
Strong fundamental understanding of fluid systems engineering, mechanical design, and instrumentation systems, required

Ability to work effectively in a fast paced team environment

Communication skills for relaying data (verbal and written) between other employees and customers

A demonstrated ability in reading/understanding blueprints and technical manuals and reports

Software/Computer Skills and Required Skill Level:
Windows Operating Systems, Intermediate

Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook), Intermediate

National Instruments Labview, Novice

Matlab, Novice-Intermediate or C++, Novice-Intermediate or Visual Basic, Novice-Intermediate

Unigraphics, Novice

Physical requirements:
General physical fitness is required for some work areas, flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required

Willingness to work outdoors

Additional position information

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

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. 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.

About this company
70 reviews
Space Exploration Technologies wants to be the go-to cargo company of the future. Also known as SpaceX, the company is developing space...