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Vehicle Operations Engineer, Launch Engineering

Vehicle Operations Engineer, Launch Engineering

Launch Engineering

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.



  • Assist in the design and development of mechanical tooling and equipment for the Falcon rocket family at our Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg launch sites (position is based in Los Angeles)
  • Projects will range from small shop aids and test fixtures to large access structures and rocket manipulation tooling
  • Technical focus is on detailed structural design and analysis, analysis of existing processes, and manufacturing/assembly streamlining
  • Support the rocket integration and refurbishment teams in the pursuit of rapid and reliable rocket launch and reuse. Projects will vary in scale and engineering discipline
  • Demonstrate proficiency in structural design, process analysis, and versatile problem solving while making development decisions based on cost and schedule considerations
  • Help SpaceX achieve its long-term goal of reflying a F9 Stage 1 within 24 hours of landing


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • Experience using a high-end CAD software design package (e.g. NX, CATIA, ProE, Solidworks)
  • At least two years of total experience in one or a combination of the following: involvement with an outside the classroom project team designing and building mechanical structures, professional experience designing and analyzing mechanical structures, development support of manufacturing processes, custom assembly/integration tool design


  • Master’s degree in mechanical engineering
  • Professional experience designing large mechanical systems
  • Previous experience managing large assembly models and drawings
  • Demonstrated expertise in the design of welded structures
  • Strong understanding and application of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T)
  • Solid understanding of common manufacturing processes and machines including mills, lathes, manual and CNC
  • Hands-on machining experience
  • Process analysis and optimization experience
  • Previous experience in a hands-on production environment
  • Experience producing polished, compelling technical presentation
  • Experience using Siemens NX
  • Able to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment including daily interactions with technicians, engineers, and managers
  • Able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment
  • Self-motivated and directed with keen attention to detail
  • Comfortable with self-project-management and independent problem solving


  • Able to travel to our launch sites in Florida and Central California as needed
  • Must pass Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Vandenberg Air Force Base background checks


  • 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.

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, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.


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