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Test Automation Engineer (Crew Dragon)

Test Automation Engineer (Crew Dragon)

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.


The Test Equipment Engineer designs, builds and operates facilities in support of components, mechanisms, structural, and developmental testing at the Dragon development facility. Join the team as a Mechanical Design Engineer and take ownership of systems and hardware used to prove out the next generation of our spacecraft.


  • Engineering, design, analysis, material/component selection and procurement, construction, activation, and maintenance of test stands, tooling, and supporting infrastructure
  • Provide support and direction to technicians during construction, activation, and maintenance of stands and equipment
  • Support testing campaigns by reviewing data for system health, and modifying equipment or procedures as necessary
  • Develop novel ways to streamline site-wide processes and increase the reliability and efficiency of testing operations
  • Perform any additional tasks that ensure efficient and effective testing, as required


  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering or other engineering discipline


  • Master’s degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering
  • 3+ years of relevant experience in an industrial setting
  • Fundamental understanding, intuition, and aptitude of fluid and/or structural design and analysis
  • Creative ability to imagine and design from scratch, while retaining low cost, reliability, efficiency, and maintainability
  • Experience where quick-thinking and problem solving plays a critical role
  • Good response to challenges posed by short deadlines
  • Ability to work in a high-concentration, high-stress environment, under possible extended work hours
  • Acute attention to detail, ability to see interactions with other systems to avoid problems
  • Intermediate skill level using CAD (NX a plus)
  • Experience with high pressure and cryogenic fluid systems and components
  • Experience producing drawings for welders and machine shop fabrication
  • Machining, welding, other fabrication techniques, and general hands-on experience
  • Experience in FEA or CFD modeling and analysis, with ability to verify by simplified hand calculations
  • Piping and pressure vessel design experience per ASME code, work with flanges, gaskets, fasteners
  • Instrumentation, testing, data review and analysis, verification against a model


  • General physical fitness is required for some work areas, flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required
  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends, which varies depending on site operational needs, flexibility required


  • 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.

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