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Launch Electrical Engineer (Command, Control and Instrumentation)

Launch Electrical Engineer (Command, Control and Instrumentation)

Rocket Launch Facility - Cape Canaveral

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.


The Command and Control team within the Launch department is responsible for engineering ground support electrical systems that control the mechanical, fluid, and electrical systems that process and integrate the launch vehicle and spacecraft, launch a fully integrated launch vehicle and payload, as well as recover flight articles that return to Earth. The team’s core design tenants are to develop systems that can be remotely operated, are robustly designed to withstand single points of failure and continue to operate nominally, maintain safety of personnel, and function autonomously with zero interaction from on-site personnel.

As part of the team, you will develop innovative solutions and processes that make launch systems more efficient, robust, and safe. You will work with a dynamic and multidisciplinary team to develop new, cutting-edge technologies that will ultimately support the launch of interplanetary space vehicles.


  • Design robust electrical control systems by creating electrical schematics and supporting documentation that are based off of fundamental principles and analysis, test results, and best industry practices
  • Analyze the performance and integrity of existing electrical control systems to identify designs that fall short of meeting company goals
  • Coordinate with launch site engineers to implement system design changes within tight timelines
  • Identify new technologies, tools, or processes that can be used to increase the performance and efficiency of the team and its electrical systems


  • Bachelor’s degree in an electrical engineering or automation discipline
  • At least two years of total experience with electrical systems in one or a combination of the following: involvement with an outside the classroom project team, academic research, or professional experience


  • Hands-on, field installation of data acquisition and control systems
  • Familiarity with electrical test and troubleshooting tools
  • Experience with, embedded control systems, high speed data acquisition systems, and pressure, motion, temperature, and strain transducers
  • Proficiency with LabVIEW and experience with National Instruments data acquisition products
  • Proficiency in at least one core programming language (e.g. C/C++, Visual Basic, Java, Python)
  • Experience with machine vision and automation systems
  • Experience with motion control systems
  • Experience with motor controllers, VFDs, servo drives, and process controllers
  • Experience designing and operating critical/hazardous systems


  • Must be willing to travel
  • Must pass Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Vandenberg Air Force Base background checks


  • 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.

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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