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Avionics Systems Test Engineer

Avionics Systems Test Engineer

Avionics - Systems Integration


As an Avionics Systems Test Engineer you will be responsible for bridging low level design to high level vehicle operations and requirements; testing fault conditions and ensuring compatibility of sub-component and sub-systems.

You will own all aspects of validation including testing and analysis during development through to final verification and certification for launch. The unforgiving environments of launch and space travel require flawless execution with layers of fault tolerance to handle fault scenarios. Your creativity and relentless commitment to quality will be a key component to building the safest and most reliable space vehicles. Our fundamental goal is to allow humanity to explore the stars; with it comes extreme responsibility to ensure the safety of the crew and payload. Are you up for the challenge?


  • Develop, execute, and maintain test plans, analysis and test code for the systems that fly our rockets and spacecraft.
  • Analyze test results and bugs that require in-depth investigations.
  • Hands-on integration and troubleshooting on flight representative hardware and vehicle systems.
  • Become an expert at all aspects that impact the system under validation from software execution to avionics control to propulsion systems.
  • Act as the focal point and for risk analysis and support for issue resolution and change impact.
  • Verify avionics system test coverage on fight or flight-representative hardware and validate the vehicle is “go for launch”.
  • Participate in the design cycle as required to improve design for reliability, operations, and testability.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate degree in electrical engineering or computer engineering.
  • At least 1 year of experience in system design, integration, or test of complex systems.
  • At least 1 year of hardware design experience.

Preferred Skills and Expereince:

  • Experience leading electrical integration and test operations on rockets, satellites, planetary exploration spacecraft, ships, or aircraft.
  • Experience designing/operating and building autonomous fault-tolerant robotic systems.
  • Ability to assess risk and make design and development recommondations without all available data.
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding atmosphere.
  • Competence with electrical test equipment (multimeters, oscilloscopes, bench power supplies).
  • Knowledge of and experience in analog to digital and digital to analog converters, power supply components and design, analog testing/troubleshooting techniques, and signal integrity, layout and grounding principles.
  • Experience with control systems.
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight.
  • Strong work ethic and drive to succeed with a strong sense of accountability and integrity.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Additional Requirements:

  • Able to work extended hours and weekends as needed.
  • Able to travel for short and extended trips as needed.

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.

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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