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Structures Engineer, Falcon 9 (Thrust Structures)

Structures Engineer, Falcon 9 (Thrust Structures)

Structures - Mechanical Design and Development

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.

Structures Engineer, Falcon 9 (Thrust Structures)

SpaceX is committed to developing reusable launch vehicles that will ultimately be capable of transporting humans to Mars and beyond.  The thrust structures group is responsible for the complex assemblies that attach the engines to the first stage tank of our rockets.  The team’s long-term goal is to design a structure that can be re-flown many times without refurbishment.  This highly technical role will have responsibility over structures design of mechanical assemblies falling under the purview of the thrust structures group.


  • Drive the design and development of primary and secondary structures for our current and next generation launch vehicles
  • Perform due diligence on designs including hand calculations, finite element analyses (FEA), and computer-aided designs (CAD)
  • Run design reviews internally and participate in reviews with suppliers and customers
  • Own the prototype delivery timeline through inception, design, assembly and launch

 Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • Experience with CAD and FEA software packages

 Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience with NX or other major CAD packages
  • Hands-on project experience, preferably as a team or sub-team lead
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills

 Additional Requirements:

  • Willing to travel to launch and test sites to support integration and test work, especially on first-article products

 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. Learn more about ITAR here.

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