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Development Test Operations Engineer - 2nd Shift

Development Test Operations Engineer - 2nd Shift

Development Test

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 development test team is a fast paced R&D focused group that supports testing of the latest vehicle and spacecraft designs. This position offers a constant variety of diverse engineering and operational challenges in a fast-paced, hands-on environment. This is a 2nd shift position from approximately 3pm-1am.


  • Lead test setup and execution of critical R&D tests (approximately 75% of time).
    • Collaborate with 3+ technicians and flight hardware engineers to drive tests through setup and execution.
    • Ensure hardware is configured correctly for test.
    • Ensure instrumentation and test stand controls are checked out properly prior to test.
    • Ensure tests are executed properly.
    • Troubleshoot hydraulic actuator systems, DAQ systems, and servo controls systems.
    • Facilitate daily handoff meeting to prioritize testing needs.
    • Provide nightly updates of progress made and difficulties encountered for 1st shift team.
    • Consistently find ways to improve existing facilities and processes.
  • Test design and analysis (approximately 25% of time).
    • Collaborate with flight hardware design engineers to develop test methodology and improve current and future designs.
    • Create test stand concepts, fabrication drawings, wiring schematics, and instrumentation lists.
    • Design and analyze mechanisms, structures, thermal systems, and fluid systems.


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering.
  • At least one year of experience using CAD software.


  • Master's degree in mechanical engineering.
  • Experience with hydraulic pumps, servos, and actuators.
  • Experience with general control system theory.
  • Familiarity with instrumentation and control components (pressure transducers, thermocouples, RTDs, strain gauges, accelerometers, flow meters, load cells, relays, solenoid, pneumatic valves)
  • Experience with Unigraphics (NX).
  • Experience doing finite element analysis (FEA).
  • Experience designing and analyzing mechanical, structural, thermal, and fluid test equipment from scratch.
  • Data acquisition and controls experience.
  • Hands-on design and fabrication experience.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. 
  • Self-motivated and demonstrated ability to solve problems and accomplish tasks independently at a rapid pace.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive projects to completion. 


  • This is a 2nd shift position from approximately 3pm-1am.
  • Must be willing to work weekends as needed.


  • 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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