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BFR Mechanical Design Engineer

BFR Mechanical Design Engineer

Vehicle Engineering - Mechanical Design and Development

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 BFR (Big Falcon Rocket) is a massive next generation launch vehicle and spacecraft designed to carry mankind to the moon, Mars, and beyond. Also capable of flying humans from Los Angeles to New York in 25 minutes, the BFR will eventually replace the current Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, and Dragon programs as the primary vehicle for all SpaceX missions. Working directly in the Vehicle Engineering group, the goal of this team is to investigate, test, and develop new hardware, software, and automation efforts capable of supporting advanced metallic and composite joining methods for the BFR. As a BFR Design Engineer, you will spearhead new product introduction and will be entrusted with full ownership of your project from concept development to final integration and testing. You are especially strong in structural design and analysis and employ a ground up fundamental physics approach to problem solving. You thrive in a creative, scrappy, and collaborative environment in which the best ideas change company level direction on a regular basis.


  • Full ownership of primary and secondary hardware for our next generation launch vehicles
  • Proficient and frequent use of hand calculations, finite element analyses (FEA), and computer-aided designs (CAD)
  • Lead design reviews internally and participate in reviews with suppliers and customers
  • Own the hardware delivery timeline and success through inception, design, assembly and launch
  • Lead acceptance and qualification testing of hardware to meet NASA human rated flight requirements


  • Bachelor's degree in engineering (e.g. mechanical, aerospace, or material science)
  • Hands-on project experience with complex mechanical systems, preferably as a team or sub-team lead
  • CAD and drafting experience with NX or other CAD software packages


  • 2+ years professional experience in the field of aerospace or mechanical engineering
  • Experience with fracture-critical component design and analysis 
  • Experience with welding processes such as fusion, electron beam, and friction-stir
  • Background in material science, with a focus on aerospace alloys, composite, and/or pressurized structures 
  • Background in composite structures with knowledge of automated fiber placement, autoclaves, and composite design criteria


  • Travel to vendors and SpaceX launch/test sites as needed
  • Intermittently able to work longer hours and weekends to support critical needs


  • 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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