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Materials Engineer- Mechanical Test Lab

Materials Engineer- Mechanical Test Lab

Materials 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.


Work with brilliant, passionate engineers to tackle difficult problems and push the boundaries of space flight. This is the team that will engineer the materials and processes that will take mankind to Mars and beyond.


  • Develop the capabilities and execute mechanical testing and evaluation, including tensile, compression, fracture, creep, and fatigue techniques
  • Work with materials engineers to assess best in class approaches for mechanical test plans and data analysis
  • Develop laboratory capabilities and analysis methods to implement
  • Collaborate with external labs and universities to augment internal capabilities
  • Develop and operate best in class methods to assess mechanical behavior including cryogenic to high-temperature tensile, fracture and fatigue behavior of metals, composites, and ceramics
  • Regularly setup and perform mechanical testing alongside lab technicians to ensure timely completion of testing backlog
  • Gain and maintain NADCAP accreditation for materials mechanical test lab
  • Ensure all lab testing is performed per applicable ASTM standards


  • Bachelor’s degree in material science, materials engineering, metallurgy, mechanical engineering, or physics
  • 3+ years of experience in mechanical test setup, execution, data collection, reporting, and analysis
  • 1+ years of experience performing fatigue crack growth and fracture testing and leading sample/data analysis


  • Master's or doctorate degree in materials science with focus on mechanical test setup and execution per industry specification
  • Experience/knowledge of ASTM mechanical testing specifications for plastics, metals, composites, and ceramics
  • Proficiency in mechanical test methods and data analysis for test methods including tensile, compression, fracture, creep, and fatigue testing at cryogenic to high-temperature conditions
  • Familiarity with torque, bend, shear, stress rupture, and flaring/expansion test methods
  • Demonstrated track record of success in a laboratory setting in a fast paced and highly competitive environment
  • Experience applying mechanical testing techniques to support materials and allowables development in addition to regular production testing support
  • Personality and drive to execute in a scrappy entrepreneurial environment that operates under tight timelines and aggressive schedules
  • Effective written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Capable of interacting with and conveying concepts within all levels of our organization
  • Strong academic foundation coupled with hands on experience


  • Must be willing to work long hours and weekends as needed
  • Must be willing to travel 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.

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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