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Vehicle Engineering Structures Analyst

Vehicle Engineering Structures Analyst

Vehicle Engineering - Dynamics Design and Analysis

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.


Work with other brilliant, passionate engineers to push the boundaries of rocketry and to realize our vision of multi-use vehicles, cheap, affordable spaceflight and taking mankind to Mars. The Structures Analysis team provides in-depth structural analysis on all our launch vehicles, specifically as it relates to fatigue and fracture characteristics.


  • Collaborate with design Responsible Engineers to design and certify multi-mission hardware for Falcon and Dragon spacecraft.
  • Seek out, evaluate and develop state of the art analysis techniques and tools for fatigue and fracture analysis.
  • Perform and document fatigue and fracture analysis along with supporting static and modal analysis where necessary.
  • Review fatigue and fracture analyses throughout the department.


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline.
  • 2+ years of professional experience in structural fatigue analysis.


  • Master’s degree or PhD in an engineering discipline.
  • Experience with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and commercial tools such as ANSYS, Nastran, or Abaqus.
  • Strong background in solid mechanics and structural dynamics (modal, transient, and random vibration analysis).
  • Experience in the aerospace industry.
  • Excellent understanding of fatigue and fracture mechanics principles.
  • Expert on fatigue, crack initiation, propagation mechanisms and metallic failure prevention.
  • Familiar with crack growth analysis codes, such as NASGRO or equivalent.
  • Experience with JSC 65828 and NASA-STD-5019 compliant hardware is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to deliver against an aggressive schedule.


  • 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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