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Integration & Test Engineer

Integration & Test Engineer

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.





  • Design propulsion subsystem component assembly architecture
  • Evaluate proposed designs for manufacturability and integration into subsystem
  • Complete design improvement feedback loop by communicating common issues to Design Engineers
  • Build prototype subassembly units and interface with Responsible Engineers to minimize potential assembly errors and time
  • Refine technology and assembly procedures to mature status. Interface with Production Engineers and technicians to advance to larger scale manufacturing.
  • Develop manufacturing assembly instructions, modify based on lessons learned and release mature, fully-vetted build instructions to Production Department
  • Improve technician interface for independent subsystem component operation verification
  • Develop piece-part supply chain ensuring on time critical element delivery
  • Produce fit-for-manufacturing assembly and production procedures
  • Manage work orders and issue tickets into actionable items and system improvements


  • Interface with development engineers to improve and expedite performance acceptance testing
  • Develop logic for automatic sub-assembly testing and verification of test results
  • Analyze test data and develop appropriate interpretation strategy for remote acceptance


  • Run pressurized tests to verify the functionality and integrity of various Stage 1 propulsion and electrical systems at both the subsystem and vehicle integration level
  • Write test plans and procedures
  • Layout and build test stands and racks for automated pressure testing and subsystem checkouts
  • Review test data and provide go/no-go judgment
  • Interface with Production engineers and technicians to hand off test responsibilities as technologies


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or physics


  • Build and integration
    • Mechanical design and materials
    • Design for manufacturing and component assembly
    • Mechanical assembly (torqueing, lubrication, fasteners, seals etc.)
    • Welding and brazing
    • Heat treatment
  • Fluid systems
    • Schematic interpretation and translation into the real world
    • General principles and rules of thumb
    • Specific architecture of Stage 1 (to be taught on the job)
  • Electrical systems (to include data acquisition systems)
    • Build electrical harnesses both for flight and test
    • Build and operate data acquisition systems
    • Testing troubleshooting
  • Data analysis
    • Data interpretation and critical review of trends
    • Using and writing data analysis tools in Python and other automated platforms
    • Basic software logic and functions
  • Pressurized operations
    • Safety precautions
    • Procedures and best practices
  • Documentation and configuration management
    • Technical communication skills, specifically pertinent to writing instructions
    • Tracking serialized hardware and maintaining test logs
  • General desire to understand “why”
    • Not assembling a tray of parts, but a system of components
    • Understand system behavior and use to diagnose problems
    • Ongoing drive for continuous improvement in all aspects of work


  • Must be willing to travel for limited periods of time (on or about 1 week) to test or launch sites to support operations
  • Must be willing to work weekends as necessary to accommodate test campaigns


  • 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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