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Senior Change Engineer

Senior Change Engineer

Manufacturing and Production - Engineering

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 Change Engineer will work inside the build and flight reliability organization to manage and support the process of engineering change. SpaceX needs the ability to change hardware to enable continuous improvement of the reliability of its product lines. The Change Engineer role looks to understand the system-level impacts of a requested change, verify that these are adequately reviewed and vetted, with a primary goal of minimizing flight risk associated with hardware, software, or operational change.


  • Provide technical review of product line changes, communicate with responsible engineers, build engineers, manufacturing engineers, and test engineers to ensure that all impacts of a requested change are well documented and understood across teams.
  • Manage workflow for a given set of change requests, ensure that changes are reviewed and approved in a timely manner. Verify adherence to reviews for implementation and flight happening before critical milestones.
  • Help gather documentation, answer questions, and add or remove subscribers and approvers to change requests.
  • Work process and system-level automation and capability improvements to the existing change system, examples include linking signatures between change and other EIS tools, improving user interface experience, or leading and managing meetings.
  • Ensure change requests are properly documented, escalate changes to leadership if risk is perceived as high or if change is considered high impact.
  • Develop individual analysis, review skills, and independent assessments of risk associated with given change requests.
  • Brief launch chief engineering team on changes and risks associated with changes for a given flight, providing assessment of relative risk for each change.


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering, science or mathematical discipline.
  • 3+ years’ experience in complex engineering problem solving (design, analysis, or test of complex systems).


  • Master’s degree or PhD in an engineering, science or mathematical discipline.
  • 5+ years’ experience in the aerospace engineering field (design, analysis, or test at the large assembly or system level).
  • SQL and/or Python experience.
  • Experience using or maintaining ERP systems.
  • Experience with anomaly resolution and documentation of anomaly reports and lessons learned databases.
  • High proficiency with basic computer applications (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, email).
  • Self-starter and willing to continuously learn new skills to keep up with new technologies as they are introduced to the product lines.


  • Some travel may be required (no more than 10%).
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills required.
  • Day of launch and lead up to launch support required, some nights and weekend work will be required based on launch 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.

 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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