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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.

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 as part of a small team of elite engineers designing and improving the mechanical, electrical and control systems at our rocket launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base. Be there on the ground floor, getting your hands dirty and contributing directly to the success of future launches.


  • Multi-disciplinary position responsible for the design, operation, installation, and test of low power electrical systems at SpaceX’s west coast launch site at Vandenberg Air Force Base
  • Responsible for the ground support control and instrumentation systems that operate the fueling and operation of the launch vehicle/spacecraft to support launch day activities; directly involved with launch pad system build, checkouts, and troubleshooting
  • Operate, upgrade and maintain all data acquisition system hardware at the launch site
  • Control and maintain network infrastructure interfaces to data acquisition system
  • Build and design junction boxes and conveyances for end instruments on the launch pad/transporter erector
  • Create electrical schematics for new instrumentation
  • Use electrical equipment in the field to verify functionality of end instruments
  • Maintain systems through a preventative maintenance program
  • Address physical installation issues and wear/tear/corrosion of electrical components
  • Write procedures to address both routine tasks as well as off-nominal troubleshooting steps
  • Provide innovative solutions to special requirements and challenges faced by the team, which can range from specialized equipment to challenging installation locations and blast environments
  • Basic electrical installation of valves, limit switches, potentiometers, etc.


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • 1+ years of experience with instrumentation power systems design, data acquisition system, and instrumentation of some type (professional and/or academic lab experience qualifies)
  • 1+ years of experience with basic low power systems and basic DC circuits and filters
  • 1+ years of experience with one or more of the following: electrical test equipment: oscilloscopes, multimeters, power supplies


  • Proficiency or direct hands-on experience in one or more of the following: electronics test rack design and build, data acquisition setup and field measurements, build of electronics systems or test systems for local assembly or industrial applications. (Example fields are: robotics, automotive, aircraft, marine, autonomous vehicles, RF or communication systems, power plant or chemical process type industrial systems)
  • Experience working at a rocket launch facility and supporting launch campaigns
  • Ability to collaborate with a wide range of people and effectively work in a team
  • Ability to perform in a high-pressure, dynamic environment
  • Ability to juggle a multitude of tasks simultaneously
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding atmosphere
  • Sound verbal and written communication skills
  • Enjoys field work and getting hands dirty


  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Vandenberg
  • Willing to travel to other SpaceX locations as necessary
  • Work schedule may vary depending on site operational needs, and flexibility is required
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Lifting, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position
  • Ability to work at elevated heights
  • Willing to operate heavy machinery
  • Ability to work in confined spaces
  • Occasionally exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain, ice
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise.


  • 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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