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Spacecraft Dynamic Environments Engineer

Spacecraft Dynamic Environments Engineer

Satellite 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.



  • Build finite element models and/or statistical energy analysis models for use in dynamic simulations
  • Perform random vibration analysis
  • Perform acoustic analysis
  • Generate dynamics test requirements as well as the overall qualification and acceptance test approach for avionics components and secondary structures
  • Execute dynamic testing (vibration and acoustic) from start-to-finish (pre-test analysis, sensor selection & installation, testing, data analysis, model correlation and report generation)
  • Analyze acceleration and pressure time history data from engine firings, tests, and flights for use in vibro-acoustic analyses
  • Provide dynamic design guidelines and requirements to mechanical designers in early phases of hardware development


  • Minimum Bachelor of Science in engineering
  • 5+ years work experience in aerospace, aircraft, or automotive dynamics
  • 3+ years of Matlab programming experience


  • Experience using LS-DYNA
  • Experience with NASTRAN (knowledge of DMAP programming strongly desired)
  • Finite element modeling experience (use of FEMAP preferred)
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational, communication and documentation skills
  • Working knowledge of structural analysis and test, including a fundamental understanding of strength, stability and fatigue failure mechanisms
  • A “can do” attitude and the ability/enthusiasm necessary to work in a unique, fast-paced environment
  • Experience in coupled loads analysis or random response analysis
  • Experience in reducing cabin noise through design, analysis, and test
  • Extensive experience developing vibration mitigation systems such as isolators, tuned mass dampers, or shock absorbers
  • Experience using boundary element analysis


  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed


  • 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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