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Structures Engineer

Structures 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.

Structures Engineer

The Structures Engineer is responsible for the design, development and qualification of hardware; and support and improvement of vehicle operations at the test and launch sites within the Stage 2 Vehicle Engineering team. This is considered a full product lifecycle of ownership, running from requirements definition to having qualified hardware on the vehicle ready to fly.


  • Define requirements, perform trades and select appropriate path forward always considering cost / technical / schedule
  • Perform initial sizing analyses by hand calculation, detailed structural analysis using ANSYS or similar tools
  • Perform detailed fluid system layout and/or mechanical design utilizing CAD and understanding of materials
  • Work with project lead to manage requirements, the hardware BOM and manage schedule, owning in-house and vendor delivery and any issues
  • Identify and procure long lead items, including detailed machining parts, seals, forgings, etc.
  • Responsible for build of initial development hardware, ensuring efficient manufacturability and modifying design as needed
  • Coordinate and perform development and qualification efforts of hardware
  • Create test plans and execute
  • Design and build testing equipment or stands, including data acquisition systems
  • Collect, interpret, and document data from tests
  • Communicate results verbally and through written reports
  • Once hardware is qualified for flight, manage the transition from development to production

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must have a Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or similar – mechanical or aerospace degree preferred

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • 2+ years’ experience
  • Experience with NX or other major CAD packages
  • Hands-on project experience, preferably as a team or sub-team lead with demonstrated responsibility and accountability to the project and peers
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Capable of understanding and solving problems during the development and qualification of hardware with minimal oversight
  • Structural analysis and design best practices
  • Fluid systems, schematic interpretation and translation into the real world
  • General principles and rules of thumb
  • Data analysis
  • Data interpretation and critical review of trends
  • Basic software logic and functions
  • Pressurized operations
  • Safety precautions
  • Procedures and best practices
  • 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
  • Additional Requirements:
  • Willing to travel to launch and test sites to support integration and test work, especially on first-article products

ITAR Requirements:

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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