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Dynamics Engineer

Dynamics Engineer

Structures - Dynamics Design and Analysis

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 dynamics and environments team is responsible for high frequency dynamics of the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft. This includes analyzing accelerometer, microphone and pressure transducer data for vibration, shock and pressure environments for test and design. The dynamics group has a wide range of responsibilities that include fairing and launch pad acoustics, engine dynamics, valve kinematics, fluid system dynamics, structural dynamics and even database design and software programming for tool development. Dynamics engineers are expected to have a strong intuition of the frequency domain in addition to having solid software and analytical skills.


  • 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, signal processing, and model correlation)
  • 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
  • Perform analyses using commercial and in-house codes as well as write new code


  • Bachelor of Science in an engineering discipline
  • Minimum 2 years of experience with dynamics through full-time employment, internships, and lab work


  • Experience using LS-DYNA
  • Experience with NASTRAN (knowledge of DMAP programming)
  • Finite element modeling experience (use of FEMAP)
  • 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 willing to work long 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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