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Materials Engineer- Fracture and Fatigue

Materials Engineer- Fracture and Fatigue

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.



  • Develop fatigue and fracture properties for novel rocket designs
  • Work with design engineers on material selection and property development
  • Implement fracture control for manned space flight and reusable rockets
  • Conduct and direct hands-on laboratory testing and failure analysis of vehicle hardware and raw stock materials
  • Find and implement innovative approaches to improve fatigue life of hardware
  • Serve as a residential expert for testing of the mechanical behavior of metals


  • Bachelor’s degree in materials science or mechanical engineering
  • 3+ years of experience related to fatigue, fracture, or failure analysis of metals


  • PhD in material science or materials engineering
  • Expertise in one of the following: fracture control, conducting fatigue or fracture tests, or failure analysis
  • Strong desire to mentor and grow employees
  • Expert first principle knowledge of mechanical behavior or metals
  • Experience with fracture control principles for aerospace
  • Expertise in aerospace materials including high strength aluminum, nickel alloys, and titanium
  • Understanding of test and design approaches for fatigue crack growth, low-cycle fatigue, fracture, and elevated temperature behavior
  • Demonstrated track record performing failure analysis of functional components in a field such as aerospace or automotive
  • Understanding of non-destructive test methods for fracture control
  • Demonstrated track record of success in a rapidly growing, fast-paced, and highly competitive environment
  • 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


  • 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.  

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