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Propulsion Structural Analyst

Propulsion Structural Analyst

Propulsion - Thermal, Fluids, and Structural 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.


Work with brilliant, passionate engineers to tackle difficult problems and push the boundaries of rocketry. This is the team that will engineer the rocket engines that will take mankind to Mars.


  • Collaborate with Propulsion Development Engineers to develop Merlin and Raptor rocket engines
  • Anticipate needed analyses and provide input throughout the design cycle
  • Perform, document, and present static, dynamic, modal, thermo-mechanical, fatigue and fracture analyses
  • Assist in the organization and enhancement of integrated system models
  • Seek out and evaluate state-of-the-art analysis techniques and tools
  • Review propulsion analyses across the department


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of professional experience in structural analysis of turbomachinery
  • Experience with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and commercial tools: ANSYS, Nastran, or Abaqus
  • Excellent understanding of fatigue and fracture mechanics principles


  • Master’s degree or PhD in an engineering discipline
  • Strong background in solid mechanics and structural dynamics (modal, transient, and random vibration analysis)
  • Experience in the aerospace industry
  • Expert on fatigue, crack initiation, propagation mechanisms and metallic failure prevention
  • Familiar with crack growth analysis codes, such as NASGRO or equivalent
  • Experience with NASA-STD-5012 and NASA-STD-5019 compliant hardware is a big plus
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to deliver against an aggressive schedule


  • 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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