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Dragon Solar Array Engineer

Dragon Solar Array Engineer

Avionics - Hardware Design

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.



  • Drive ongoing engineering development, refinement, and production of the Dragon 1 and Dragon 2 solar arrays
  • Design, qualify, and implement hardware changes to respond to problems observed during manufacturing, reliability testing, and flight
  • Disposition issues observed during manufacturing based on engineering analysis
  • Prepare, review, and approve changes to engineering drawings and instructions
  • Work intimately with adhesives and solders including materials selection, characterization, and reliability testing
  • Review flight data to assess health of solar array hardware on-orbit
  • Interface with NASA counterparts on design and hardware status


  • BS in engineering or science
  • 3+ years of experience in mechanical design including CAD and GD&T
  • 3+ years of experience with experimental design


  • 3+ experience with materials engineering and processing
  • Familiarity with terrestrial solar arrays
  • Familiarity with spacecraft solar arrays and the space environment
  • Enthusiasm for hands-on prototyping
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills


  • 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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