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Sr. Test Development Engineer

Sr. Test Development Engineer

Texas Rocket Development & Test - 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.

Sr. Test Development Engineer

This position is a Test Development Engineer for the Texas Test Development team. The role is highly multidisciplinary and this individual will be tasked with a wide variety of test equipment design and test execution in support of the SpaceX mission. Examples of such projects may include urgent development and investigation tests or test equipment design to support a critical production process. The team is expected to operate rapidly and autonomously; from developing requirement, designing and fabricating components, operating test equipment, and reviewing data as necessary.


  • Design, modify, and build mechanical systems. Systems include small lugs and brackets through large structural weldments.
  • Design, modify, build, and troubleshoot fluid systems. Systems include low to high pressure gaseous working fluids, rocket propellants (including cryogenic propellants), and hydraulic systems.
  • Design, modify, build, and troubleshoot data acquisition and control systems, wiring, and instrumentation. DAQ systems are primarily NI based and instruments include strain gages, pressure transducers, deflection gages, load cells, thermocouples, and RTDs.
  • Operate the test stand from test assembly and activation through test execution with a small team of engineers and technicians.
  • Working with responsible engineers, develop and execute tests from conception. Including test article and test stand configuration, boundary conditions, fluid, electrical, and software schematics, and concept of operations.
  • Review data manually or using automatic scripts.
  • Provide daily direction and instruction to technicians to integrate test articles and hardware
  • React to rapidly changing priorities, travel to other SpaceX locations, and work unusual schedules as necessary to accomplish the assigned goal.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree is required in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, aerospace engineering, manufacturing engineering, or other relevant engineering discipline
  • 5 years of experience developing and executing tests from conception

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Demonstrated success in which multidisciplinary engineering skills were used to execute a design or test project under technical / schedule pressure and where the scope and definition was limited.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new skills or adapt to new situations.
  • Work experience with aerospace structural, mechanical or propulsion systems assembly and testing
  • Demonstrated experience where quick-thinking and problem solving plays a critical role
  • Experienced with hazardous systems – cryogenic, flammable, hypergolic, pyrophoric, high pressure.
  • Experience using test instrumentation and control components

Additional Requirements:

  • Flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required, capability to lift up to 30lbs unassisted
  • Physical effort including standing, lifting and carrying light weight such as materials or equipment
  • Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain
  • Work occasionally performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
  • Typically 50-55 hour work weeks, schedule varies depending on site operational needs; flexibility required

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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