Careers at SpaceX

Mission

SpaceX’s mission is to push past mankind's current difficulties with space travel by lowering the costs and commercializing the process.

History

Entrepreneur and PayPal co-founder Elon Musk believed that humans should be actively exploring space – with the ultimate goal of enabling life on Mars and other planets. In 2001, in an effort to regain public interest in space, he came up with the idea for a project called “Mars Oasis”, in which a miniature greenhouse would be placed on Mars in order to study plant growth. However, he realized that such an initiative would be too expensive for NASA and that an inexpensive rocket was needed.

In 2002 Musk made a trip to Moscow to buy refurbished intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that could transport the greenhouse. He met with manufacturer Kosmotras, which offered one rocket for $8 million. Musk felt this was too costly and returned to the U.S. On the trip back he reasoned that he could just start a rocket company himself. Performing some calculations, he determined that the raw materials for such a product represented only 3% of a rocket’s sale price.

Invigorated, Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies Corporation – better known as SpaceX. His goal was to create an inexpensive, reusable rocket that could make multiple space trips. He recruited rocket engineer Tom Mueller to work with him. They spent the next few years developing the product, called the Falcon 1 -- a reference to the Millennium Falcon in the movie “Star Wars”. The process was funded by a combination of investor funds and $100 million of his money.

In 2008, after three previous tries, the Falcon 1 went into orbit around the Earth -- becoming the first privately-funded, liquid-fueled rocket to accomplish this task. SpaceX began making the rocket available for commercial purposes, and in 2009 it carried its first successful payload, RazakSAT, into orbit. Falcon 1 was then retired in favor of Falcon 9, a new model. In 2010, Falcon 9 became the first private spacecraft to go into orbit and be successfully recovered. The firm was doing very well.

SpaceX has since built two more rockets, the Falcon Heavy and the Dragon, with both achieving milestones. The Dragon has delivered cargo to and from the International Space Station numerous times for NASA. Under a $1.6 billion contract with the agency, SpaceX will oversee at least 12 cargo resupply missions in the next few years. The company can now boast more than 70 planned launches on its manifest, representing more than $10 billion in contracts with NASA and private firms.

Business model of SpaceX

Customer Segments

SpaceX has a niche market model, with a specialized customer segment. The company markets its offerings to public and private organizations that want to transport items to space. Its projects have included commercial satellite launch, space station resupply, and government national security missions. Specific clients have included OrbComm, the U.S. Air Force, and MDA Corporation.

Value Proposition

SpaceX offers three primary value propositions: accessibility, performance, and brand/status.

The company has created accessibility by enabling travel to space for relatively inexpensive means. This has provided transport opportunities for many organizations seeking exploration.

The company has demonstrated strong performance. It has achieved numerous milestones, including the following:

  • Having the first privately-funded, liquid-fueled rocket to reach orbit around Earth
  • Being the first private company to successfully launch, orbit, and recover a spacecraft
  • Being the first private firm to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station
  • Being the first private firm to send a satellite into geosynchronous orbit
  • Overseeing the first landing of a first stage orbital capable rocket
  • Overseeing the first water landing of a first stage orbital capable rocket

The company has built a strong brand. As the first private company to actively explore space travel, it is well-established and well-known. It has gained further prominence through its association with Elon Musk, a high-profile entrepreneur who co-founded PayPal and founded Tesla.

Channels

SpaceX’s main channel is its business development team, through which it acquires most customers. The company promotes its offering on its website and through its social media pages.

Customer Relationships

SpaceX’s customer relationship is primarily of a dedicated personal assistance nature. The company works closely with clients as it oversees the launch, orbiting, and recovery of spacecraft.

Key Activities

SpaceX’s business model entails designing, manufacturing, and launching rockets and satellites.

Key Partners

SpaceX’s key partners are the suppliers who provide the parts for it to manufacture its spacecraft. The company has more than 3,000 of these partners, with 1,100 of them making weekly deliveries.

Key Resources

SpaceX’s main resource is its technology staff, which includes software, hardware, structural, and propulsion engineering employees. These employees work in its rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas; rocket testing facilities in Texas and New Mexico; launch facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Kennedy Space Center; satellite development facility in Redmond, Washington; regional offices in Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.; and headquarters in Hawthorne, California. As a startup, SpaceX has relied heavily on funding from outside parties, raising $1.25 billion from 11 investors as of January 2015.

Cost Structure

SpaceX has a value-driven structure, aiming to provide a premium proposition through significant personal service and frequent product enhancements. Its biggest cost driver is likely cost of goods, a variable cost. Other major drivers are in the areas of research/development and sales/marketing, also fixed costs.

Revenue Streams

SpaceX has one revenue stream: sales of the rockets, satellites, and merchandise it manufactures. The Falcon 9 rocket costs $62 million. The Falcon Heavy rocket costs $90 million. Pricing for the Dragon rocket is not currently available. The company’s website includes a store where it sells SpaceX-branded T-shirts, outerwear and accessories with a wide range of prices.

Our team

Elon Musk,
Founder, CTO, and CEO

info: Elon earned Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Chairman of electric car company Tesla and solar panel firm SolarCity, and previously co-founded and served as an executive at Internet firms PayPal and Zip2.

Ken Venner,
Chief Information Officer

info: Ken earned a Bachelor of Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology, a Master of Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MBA from New Hampshire College. He previously acted as CIO of Broadcom and Rockwell Electronic Commerce.

Bret Johnsen,
Chief Financial Officer

info: Bret earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California and an M.S. in Finance from San Diego State University. He previously served as VP, Corporate Controller, and Principal Accounting Officer of Broadcom and CFO of Mindspeed.

Gwynne Shotwell,
President and COO

info: Gwynne earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees n Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University. She previously served as VP of Business Development at SpaceX and as a Chief Engineer at Aerospace Corporation.

Jobs at SpaceX

Logistics Technician
McGregor, Texas, United States
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with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.LOGISTICS TECHNICIAN RESPONSIBILITIES:Responsible for all related tasks supporting flight vehicle transport:Maintenance management of flight hardware transport equipmentProcure related consumables in accordance with min/max criteriaPerform general maintenance on mechanical components on transport equipmentWork with other technicians to manage transport processes and conduct general maintenance of all hardware in accordance with the corrosion prevention programsSupport pre during and post-operations for both flight vehicle and transport equipmentPackage the flight module or anomalous item in accordance with methodology detailed in work order or supplied by logistics management Aid in managing transport equipment and material needed for operational successLocate and marshal items that will be needed based on forecasted schedule given by logistics management Responsible for the safe loading/unloading of equipment/items as warrantedBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:High school diploma or equivalency certificate1+ years of experience in material handling and/or transportation of large assembliesForklift and power equipment operation experiencePREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:Working knowledge of hydraulics electrical and mechanical systemsCertified rigger with 3+ years of rigging experience highly desiredWorking knowledge of transport and inventory processesBasic organizational skillsGeneral knowledge of Microsoft Suite (Excel & Word)Fragile item packaging experienceHeavy machinery operation experienceClass A commercial driver's license (CDL)ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Valid driver’s licenseMust be willing to work all shifts overtime and weekends as neededFlight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is necessary to preform job functionsAbility to lift heavy objects is required in this position (up to 25lbs unassisted)Must be able to work at elevated heights (up to 300 feet)Must be able to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat cold rain etc.Must be able to work in an environment requiring exposure to fumes odors and noiseMust be available for overtime and weekends as the schedule varies depending on site operational needs; flexibility requiredThis shift will start early afternoon (1pm-3pm) and work 8-10 hours; flexibility requiredITAR REQUIREMENTS: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. Texas Test Operations Management Logistics Transport Management Technology
Structures Engineer, Fabrication (Starship)
Brownsville, Texas, United States
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Description: 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.STRUCTURES ENGINEER FABRICATION (STARSHIP)The Build Engineer role is responsible for design for manufacturability concepts through integration and testing of the full vehicle and everything in between. Build Engineers will be highly engaged on the primary and secondary structures of the vehicle including designing tooling (assembly aide welding part fixturing etc.) and processes (welding large part movement large structure integration) to rapidly build early versions of the Starship and Super Heavy vehicles. Further along in the build this role will be responsible for items such as integration operations sequencing and working with technicians on installing flight-critical hardware on the vehicle. Throughout the build engineers will be responsible for documenting processes and driving continual improvement to them for future builds. Furthermore Build Engineers will be expected to sometimes act as de-facto supervisors and advisors to production technicians welders and other skilled labor partners. Build Engineers will spend time both in the office and on-site (local production floor and remote build sites) to execute on the mission to build an orbital-capable Starship and Super Heavy faster than anyone though possible.RESPONSIBILITIES:Work closely with vehicle analysts and design team to ensure solutions meet the requirements for vehicle design as well as the manufacturing processesDevelop production procedures/processes and manage the transition of parts and assemblies from development to high rate productionCoordinate and execute development qualification and acceptance testing of systems and tooling needed to meet hardware deadlinesExecute design for manufacturability changes to enhance production efficiencyCreate original CAD models and prints for flight and/or tooling componentsLead the on-site design engineering contact for the efficient build of parts and assembliesCreate and maintain build schedulesResolve and analyze manufacturing discrepancies while interfacing with the quality team (resolving issues for design fabrication and assembly)Participate in design reviews internally and with suppliers and customersPartner with engineering & production teams to generate ideas designs and improvements for current and next-generation vehicles Source retain and advise new and experienced vendors from a technical perspectiveBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering manufacturing engineering materials engineering mechanical engineering or engineering physicsHands-on project experience with mechanical systemsPREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:2+ years of professional experience in the field of aerospace/mechanical engineering2+ years of experience with GD&T conceptsPrevious experience working on SpaceX vehicles or builds Experience with fluid dynamics finite element or related computer-based modelingExperience with large steel structure construction (civil naval or mechanical)Experience leading operation-critical part mechanical design including basic structures calculations and design considerationsExperience with finite element analysis (FEA) software packagesProcess development facility and line layouts error-proofingExperience with NX and Teamcenter CAD and PLM systemsPrior experience with developing maintaining and improving welding processesStrong interpersonal and organizational skillsADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is requiredAbility to perform job duties that require standing kneeling crouching twisting upper body working in cramped positions in small openings and climbing hand over handTypically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat cold rainWork performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes odors and noiseSchedule varies depending on site operational needs; flexibility requiredFlexibility to travel to remote build sites up to 15%ITAR REQUIREMENTS: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. Starship Engineering - Booster Construction Technology Testing
Manufacturing Engineer (Starlink Gateway)
Redmond, Washington, United States
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Description: 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.MANUFACTURING ENGINEER (STARLINK GATEWAY)Starlink believes in providing fast reliable internet to serve populations with little or no connectivity.  We design build and launch the world’s largest constellation of satellites enabling us to operate a global internet network unbounded by traditional ground infrastructure limitations.  Want to help build the next era of internet?Gateway antennas form the terrestrial backbone of this satellite network and the manufacturing engineers on this team are directly responsible for successful antenna production and development at an industry-leading rate. From designing new fixtures and mechanisms for assembly and test to urgently troubleshooting issues on the factory floor or architecting design/test upgrades to improve performance and reliability Gateway manufacturing engineers have a wide-range of responsibilities and open-ended problems to tackle. The engineers on this team are driven and creative problem-solvers maintain a high sense of urgency in their work and work effectively in a dynamic environment as we strive to deliver high-impact technology on global scale.RESPONSIBILITIES:Design the factory and processes to enable rapid reliable and safe deliveries of Gateway antenna componentsDesign fixtures and mechanisms commission manufacturing equipment (CNC machines welders etc.) simplify and optimize existing production flow accelerate production and refine and develop automated test capabilities for antenna hardwareCollaborate with design engineers supply chain internal machine shops and external vendors to steer design choices and ensure parts are designed for manufacturabilityWork closely with technicians to assemble operate and troubleshoot various build/test systemsBalance multiple high-priority projects through effective time-management and strong communication. Analyze performance of existing manufacturing processes to suggest improvements and take corrective actions to improve reliability and production rateDemonstrate extreme ownership over product success: from initial development testing of new hardware to full-rate productionBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor's degree in an engineering or STEM discipline2+ years’ experience in a mechanical manufacturing or engineering field (internships student projects extracurricular project experience and professional experience qualify)PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:Experience with developing production processes factory optimization and manufacturing and machining methodsPrior ownership of a complex component or assembly from initial development through high-volume production rampExperience with instrumentation data acquisition and data review to verify and validate product requirementsProficiency in one or more programming languages (Python Matlab C++ SQL or similar)Strong communication organization documentation and multi-tasking skillsAbility to work in a fast-paced autonomously driven and demanding atmosphereExperience designing and troubleshooting PCBAsADDITIONAL REQUREMENTS:Willingness to work long hours when needed to meet critical deadlinesITAR REQUIREMENTS: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. Starlink Engineering Management Management Technology Testing Python MATLAB
Electronics Technician (Development Test)
McGregor, Texas, United States
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with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.ELECTRONICS TECHNICIAN (DEVELOPMENT TEST)The Development Test team strives to be a safe high-performing versatile test operations team capable of operating in elevated risk situations. We are responsible for sustaining the Dragon program and running tests on any Starlink Starship or Falcon project in order to achieve our ultimate company mission of making life multi-planetary. We aim to excel at operating in environments where there is uncertainty and embrace the unexpected outcomes that result from test operations. We will provide immediate consistent and clear communication to our customers to build strong relationships so teams around the company seek out our business. We are a team that sets goals advertises them meets them and then improves the process and delivers again.SpaceX technicians work in a fast-paced environment supporting a variety of propulsion and structural systems tests. The Electronics Technician will provide technical expertise is the areas of instrumentation and data acquisition hardware in support of our launch vehicles and spacecraft.RESPONSIBILITIES:Perform complex technical assignments involving instrumentation and data acquisition/processing systemsConnect and verify pressure transducers thermocouples and other sensorsInstall connectors connector pins terminals and lugsComplete necessary instrumentation of test stands wiring and data acquisition systemsRead and interpret planning documents schematics wiring diagrams specifications drawings manuals blueprints and engineering sketchesPerform lay out and wiring of electrical panelsLay out build test troubleshoot repair and modify developmental and production electrical and electronic units assemblies components parts equipment and systemsPerform continuity checks locate and correct wiring errors using measuring instruments such as ohmmeters and sequential continuity checkersMaintain calibrate configure monitor test troubleshoot install and repair instrumentation process controls data acquisition systems and electrical systemsAnalyze results of calibrations and processed data and assist in the interpretation of test dataInvestigate diagnose correct and document instrumentation or system malfunctionsFabricate and install parts and systems to be tested in test equipment using hand tools power tools and test instrumentsAdjust repair or replace faulty components of test setups and equipmentConfigure the data acquisition hardwareAdjust calibrate align and modify circuitry and components and records effects on unit performanceCollaborate with design engineers to troubleshoot failures and issues derived from test dataPerform other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environmentBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:High school diploma or equivalency certification2+ years of experience working with industrial instrumentation or avionics2+ years of experience troubleshooting using at least one the following types of electrical test equipment: multimeters oscilloscopes hi-pot testers signal generatorsPREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:Basic knowledge of Wheatstone bridge theory ability to apply ohms law and an understanding of DC electronicsAssociate degree in instrumentation control technology electrical systems or related fieldOperational knowledge of an oscilloscope & multi-meter soldering wires & connectors operation of various crimping tools wire stripping ohm’s law continuity testing pinning out a military type connector routing & tie wrapping cables drilling & tapping holes and building junction boxesSystem level trouble-shooting skills and the ability to logically solve instrumentation system problems and determine corrective actionKnowledge in signal conditioning concepts for various types of sensors to include the following: thermocouple types K S and E; TC bonding concepts: resistance weld on and adhesive bond on types; TC probes through thermowell sheaths; cold junction compensation conceptsBackground should include experience with the following devices: DC power supplies; DC-DC convertors; heat shrink tubing cable harnessing proper strain relief conceptsWorking knowledge of transducers operational amplifiers and the knowledge of measurement techniques for temperature pressure flow displacement vibration and the application strain gages are also highly desiredWorking knowledge multiple bus architectures (PCI/PCIe PXI/PXIe GPIB Serial USB etc.) and data communication technologiesIntermediate skill level using Windows Operating systemsIntermediate skill level using Microsoft Office (Excel PowerPoint Word Outlook OneNote)ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is requiredAbility to lift heavy objects (up to 25 lbs) unassistedAbility to perform job duties that require standing kneeling crouching twisting upper body working in cramped positions in small openings and climbing hand over handAbility to work at elevated heights (up to 300 feet)Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat cold rainWork performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes odors and noiseMust be available for overtime and weekends as needed based on site operational needs; flexibility requiredValid driver’s licenseITAR REQUIREMENTS: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. Texas Test Operations Technology Testing
Sr. RFIC Engineer (Starlink)
Redmond, Washington, United States
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Description: 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. RFIC ENGINEERRESPONSIBILITIES:Simulate and model RFIC systems at high level and work with system architects modem/DSP and ASIC engineers to partition functions between hardware and software domainsDerive specifications for the RFIC subsytems and circuitsDevelop RF/microwave circuits in state of the art SiGe or CMOS processesPerform IC floor planning and layoutModel package and external parasitic componentsEvaluate and characterize prototypes of the designCharacterize and analyze full radio performanceAssist in the development of automated test lab equipment for lab measurementsWork with manufacturing engineers on production testing and qualification of the RFIC components and systemsBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:Master’s degree in electrical engineering or computer engineering6+ years of professional experience with RF/microwave integrated circuitsPREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:PhD in electrical engineering with an emphasis in RF/microwave integrated circuits design or analog IC design5+ years of experience using simulation tools such as ADS Spectre HFSS or MomentumStrong circuit design skills and experience performing analysis and simulation of both linear and non-linear circuits such as phase-locked loops vector modulators/demodulators oscillators mixers filters low noise and power amplifiersKnowledge of digital communication systems spread spectrum single and multi-carrier techniques and modulation types such as QPSK APSK and QAMKnowledge of RF transceiver architecturesRF/microwave design in the Ku-band K-band and Ka-band frequency rangeFamiliarity with radio related test equipment such as spectrum analyzers vector signal analyzers vector signal generator network analyzersExperience characterizing radio performance in microwave frequenciesITAR REQUIREMENTS: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. Starlink Engineering Technology Testing
Manager, Crane Operations (Starship)
Brownsville, Texas, United States
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Description: 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.CRANE OPERATIONS MANAGER (STARSHIP)The manager of crane operations plays a critical role in the day-to-day operations of the Boca Chica rocket development facility.  It will be your job to lead all crane lifting and to ensure that SpaceX's goals and objectives are being met. Ensure that crew members and materials are hoisted and maneuvered in a safe and proficient manner by performing site surveys, task analysis, and critical lift calculations. You'll be responsible for handling, inspecting and maintaining cranes, rentals and tools.  It'll be a challenge each and every day.RESPONSIBILITIES: Lead the daily activities of your assigned area at the rocket development facilityManage a team of crane operators and supervisors who specialize in heavy crane liftingLearn and apply qualitative and quantitative methods to measure team effectiveness and performanceIdentify process improvement and modifications to develop strategies, increase efficiency, and improve upon existing company objectivesFollow applicable local, state, and federal safety; environmental and system principlesAct as lift manager for all heavy crane liftsWrite and implement lift plans and critical lifts plansTilt, dip and turn suspended loads to maneuver over, under and/or around obstacles using multi-point suspension techniquesCoordinate and direct crane riggers and operators in all areas, as well as performing inspections, operator level maintenance, selection and configuration of slings, cables, ropes, pulleys, winches, blocks, shackles and sheaves according to weight and size of load to be movedInspect and maintain overhead cranes and smaller hydraulic cranes (200 tons or less)Inspect and schedule maintenance for rental equipmentPerform other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environmentAbove all, remain dependable which means be unfazed by ambiguity or major changes in strategic directionBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:High school diploma or equivalency certificate5+ years of experience as a certified advanced rigger5+ years of leadership experiencePREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:10+ years of applicable experienceUnderstanding of all rigging equipment - shackles, straps, slings, rope, hoists, etc.Bachelor’s degree in engineering or physicsAbility to calculate and determine appropriate lifting equipment and write lift plansStrong working knowledge of lifting signals and communicationsStrong working knowledge of operating and inspecting heavy equipmentAbility to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environmentADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:NCCER certificationNCCCO crane operator certificationAbility to pass Air Force background check for Cape CanaveralMust have a valid driver’s licenseAbility to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small opening and climbing hand over hand, lifting 50 lbs. unassisted, and working on ladders/lifts at elevated heightsTypically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments - heat, cold, rainWork performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noiseMust be available to work extended hours and weekendsAble to travel for short and extended trips as needed - up to 5% travelITAR REQUIREMENTS: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. Starship Production, Tooling, & Maintenance Leadership Technology
Propellant Generation Engineer, Launch Systems (Starship)
Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States
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Description: 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.PROPELLANT GENERATION ENGINEER, LAUNCH SYSTEMS (STARSHIP)The Starship Propellant Generation team is looking for an individual to collaborate in the design and implementation of propellant generation systems for all Starship launch sites, landing sites, test sites, production facilities and other locations as required.RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop state of the art technologies for all aspects of production of cryogenic rocket propellants (oxygen and methane)Design, build, and commission air separation, liquefaction, LNG production, and other cryogenic process equipmentPerform balance of plant calculations for cryogenic systemsConnect technology development across components to improve overall performance of state of the art of cryogenic propellant generation (distillation, compression, expansion, cryo-HEX, etc.)Evaluate, improve and troubleshoot cryogenic system process performance of existing plantsAnalyze and monitor process equipment performances (compressors, heat exchangers, etc.)Manage interdisciplinary engineering projects from concept through design, build, and activationWork closely with operational teams, cooperating to ensure system design is well-understood and easy to operate long termBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor's degree in engineering and 2+ years of hands-on experience working with cryogenic fluid systems in a professional setting or via outside the classroom project team; or master's degree in engineeringPREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:Advanced degree in mechanical, aerospace or chemical engineeringStrong working knowledge of fluid dynamics, thermodynamics and process engineeringDemonstrated expertise designing and operating cryogenic fluid systemsExperience in the filtration and distillation of liquid gases including liquid air and liquid natural gasExperience with cryogenic systems in maritime environmentsCAD capability for 3D modeling (NX, SolidWorks, etc.)Knowledge of engineering standards and best practicesExperience operating and troubleshooting control systems required for remote operationsExperience commissioning and/or plant operation (LNG, ASU, He)Able to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment including daily interactions with technicians, engineers, and managersAble to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure, fast paced environmentSelf-motivated and directed with keen attention to detailPassion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflightDemonstrated ability to lead a team of talented and driven engineersADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral and VandenbergOccasionally exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments- heat, cold, rainWork performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noiseMust be willing to travel to other launch sites in support of build and operational activities and launches; travel requirement is ~25%, with longer duration during surgesITAR REQUIREMENTS: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. Starship Launch Engineering Technology
Supply Chain Engineer, Valves & Actuators
Hawthorne, California, United States
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Description:

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.

SUPPLY CHAIN ENGINEER, VALVES & ACTUATORS

SpaceX demands a new type of supply chain. We require our suppliers to provide premium quality with rapidly evolving designs at increasingly ambitious volumes. We are actively looking for candidates who possess comprehensive knowledge of manufacturing and quality tools and have unrelenting motivation to enable suppliers for success. This position will support our valves and actuator components and requires a combination of proven leadership and technical capabilities.

This is a highly technical position that requires practical experience in manufacturing engineering and new product development through to stabilized production for the machined components and assemblies used in rockets and rocket engines.  The ideal candidate will have a broad understanding of the machining and assembly of metallic components and associated processes with the desire and capability to take on new challenges in unfamiliar areas to help enable our mission to Mars.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Act as the technical point of contact for assigned parts, solving emergent challenges at suppliers and mitigating risk to the manifest by addressing high-impact manufacturing and quality challenges
  • Review issues on assigned parts and solve to the root cause, implementing changes at the supplier, at SpaceX or both, as appropriate, drive further actions to closure, and re-source to new suppliers where appropriate
  • Create and disposition issue tickets where needed, working with engineering counterparts to implement, but not limited to, required re-work, repair or use as-is disposition
  • Become thoroughly familiar with your assigned parts and the processes that make up the overall assembly and become the primary point of contact for supply chain related defects on your parts
  • Work with procurement to find exceptional suppliers and vet them appropriately for quality and ability to meet our aggressive takt times
  • Conduct design for manufacturing (DFM) reviews to ensure parts are manufacturable at early stages, preferably prior to sourcing
  • Own the NPI process at a suppliers for new parts, drawing changes, or when re-sourcing existing parts to a new supplier
  • Drive the PPAP program to ensure stable supply, reduce inspection oversight and improve overall delivery time
  • Demonstrate innovation, technical excellence, attention to detail, self-direction and courage
  • Drive for results and customer satisfaction by collaborating with teams, leading projects and continuously driving improvement in the supply base
  • Lead containment activities on assigned parts, working with cross-functional counterparts to agree on scope, path forward and ultimate resolution

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • 1+ years of experience with manufacturing and/or inspection of mechanical products in a production environment

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Master’s degree in engineering or business
  • Experience with machining and ancillary operations such as milling, turning, grinding, EDM of materials
  • Experience with interpreting engineering drawings and models; GD&T
  • Broad familiarity of valves, motors, mechanisms, interconnects, solenoids, potentiometers, life support and thermal control systems
  • Knowledge of electromechanical assembly and test processes, with a hands-on approach to understand how systems work
  • Knowledge of supplier quality processes (production part approval process, advanced product quality planning, first article inspection reports, etc.)
  • Knowledge of statistical techniques and methods, e.g., design of experiments, Lean, Six Sigma, etc
  • Experience with quality systems (ISO 9000/TS/AS9100/NADCAP) and MRP/ERP systems
  • Disciplined approach to problem solving - 8D
  • Proficient in MS Office and Excel applications and report writing
  • Experience with sharing information and influencing others across organizational lines, internally and externally

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Position may require long hours and some nights and weekends 
  • Ability to travel: up to 40-50% work week travel
  • Valid driver’s license

ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

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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Sr. Structures Engineer, Fabrication (Starship)
Brownsville, Texas, United States
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Description: 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. STRUCTURES ENGINEER (FABRICATION)The Build Engineer role is responsible for design for manufacturability concepts through integration and testing of the full vehicle and everything in between. Build Engineers will be highly engaged on the primary and secondary structures of the vehicle including designing tooling (assembly aide welding part fixturing etc.) and processes (welding large part movement large structure integration) to rapidly build early versions of the Starship and Super Heavy vehicles. Further along in the build this role will be responsible for items such as integration operations sequencing and working with technicians on installing flight-critical hardware on the vehicle. Throughout the build engineers will be responsible for documenting processes and driving continual improvement to them for future builds. Furthermore Build Engineers will be expected to sometimes act as de-facto supervisors and advisors to production technicians welders and other skilled labor partners. Build Engineers will spend time both in the office and on-site (local production floor and remote build sites) to execute on the mission to build an orbital-capable Starship and Super Heavy faster than anyone though possible.RESPONSIBILITIES:Work closely with vehicle analysts and design team to ensure solutions meet the requirements for vehicle design as well as the manufacturing processesDevelop production procedures/processes and manage the transition of parts and assemblies from development to high rate productionCoordinate and execute development qualification and acceptance testing of systems and tooling needed to meet hardware deadlinesExecute design for manufacturability changes to enhance production efficiencyCreate original CAD models and prints for flight and/or tooling componentsLead the on-site design engineering contact for the efficient build of parts and assembliesCreate and maintain build schedulesResolve and analyze manufacturing discrepancies while interfacing with the quality team (resolving issues for design fabrication and assembly)Participate in design reviews internally and with suppliers and customersPartner with engineering & production teams to generate ideas designs and improvements for current and next-generation vehicles Source retain and advise new and experienced vendors from a technical perspectiveBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor's degree in aerospace engineering manufacturing engineering materials engineering mechanical engineering or engineering physicsHands-on project experience with mechanical systems5+ years of professional engineering experiencePREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:2+ years of professional experience in the field of aerospace/mechanical engineering2+ years of experience with GD&T conceptsPrevious experience working on SpaceX vehicles or builds Experience with fluid dynamics finite element or related computer-based modelingExperience with large steel structure construction (civil naval or mechanical)Experience leading operation-critical part mechanical design including basic structures calculations and design considerationsExperience with finite element analysis (FEA) software packagesProcess development facility and line layouts error-proofingExperience with NX and Teamcenter CAD and PLM systemsPrior experience with developing maintaining and improving welding processesStrong interpersonal and organizational skillsADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is requiredAbility to perform job duties that require standing kneeling crouching twisting upper body working in cramped positions in small openings and climbing hand over handTypically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat cold rainWork performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes odors and noiseSchedule varies depending on site operational needs; flexibility requiredFlexibility to travel to remote build sites up to 15%ITAR REQUIREMENTS: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. Starship Engineering - Booster Construction Technology Testing
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