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Sr. Avionics R&D Test Engineer

Sr. Avionics R&D Test Engineer

Avionics - Hardware Design

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.


Want to drive innovation...all the way to Mars? As a member of the Avionics Test group, you will have the unique opportunity to design and develop test systems for all the electronic hardware and software on our rockets and spacecraft. This includes but is not limited to: flight computers, power conversion units, analog and digital circuit boards, FPGA’s, and communication system units. 

You will be expected to create new test programs from the ground up, and your work will be the last line of defense before our vehicles get shipped out the door. Our fundamental goal is to allow humanity to explore the stars; with it comes extreme responsibility to ensure the safety of the crew and payload. Are you up for the challenge?


  • Responsible for development and execution of test strategies for avionics hardware spanning PCBA board testing, sensor/transducer verification, and full functional testing of an assembled unit.
  • Evangelize and drive Design for Test (DFT) best practices and Design for Manufacturing (DFM) with design and manufacturing engineers.
  • Consult design engineers with engineering validation of designs, specification setting, and test line limits using statistical analysis of data and measurement uncertainty analysis.
  • Develop modular, reusable test architectures for manufacturing test and engineering design verification.
  • Design verification test plans, test procedures, and test reports against product requirements to maximize test coverage.
  • Develop test racks/ATEs to be deployed to production.
  • Create automation software to interact with ATEs, Unit Under Test, instrumentation, and production systems to implement test plan in a fast moving production environment.
  • Root-cause analysis of test failures.
  • Find systematic problems impacting First Pass Yield and drive solutions.


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or related engineering degree.
  • 7+ years of experience in electronics test engineering.
  • Experience developing object-oriented software solutions.
  • 5+ years of professional experience with instrumentation, interfaces and sensors including DMMs, DAQ, power supplies, oscilloscopes, DIO, GPIB, USB, Serial-422, VISA, UDP, GigE, SPI, switch technologies and topologies, accelerometers, RTDs, thermocouples, and 4-20mA sensors.


  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering.
  • Proven track record of holistic test solutions covering PCBA to assembly level.
  • Proficiency developing hardware and software test architectures and frameworks for increased efficiency and reliability.
  • Understanding of metrology, sources of measurement error, and uncertainty analysis.
  • Experience with Python, LabVIEW FPGA, C++ and unit testing/continuous integration.
  • Familiarity with National Instruments platforms including DAQmx, PXI, RIO, and TestStand.
  • Understanding and experience in environmental testing such as vibration, shock, thermal, burn-in, and TVAC.
  • Familiarity with SMT lines and electronics manufacturing.


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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 the 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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