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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.

The hardware in the loop (HITL) systems team is responsible for developing, maintaining, and improving the hardware simulation system for Falcon, Dragon and Starship vehicles. As a HITL hardware engineer, you will have the unique opportunity to work with a cross functional team of propulsion, GNC, avionics, and software engineers to bridge the gap between flight operations and simulation on the testbed. Our fundamental goal is to allow humanity to explore the stars; with it comes extreme responsibility to ensure the safety of the crew and payload.



  • Own the conceptual, architectural, and design components of digital, signal processing, and communication systems
  • Implement logic designs and signals processing algorithms in RTL
  • Integrate designs onto FPGA/SoC platforms
  • Bring up and validate devices that communicate to and fly in space



  • Bachelor’s in an engineering field, science, or math
  • 1+ years of experience with circuit board design, environments testing, or unit level testing (significant academic projects, internships, and traditional professional experience all qualify)
  • 1+ years of experience with electronic components, wire harnesses, and electrical test equipment (e.g. multi-meters, oscilloscopes, power supplies)



  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, or similar engineering degree
  • Experience with PCB Design tools like Altium
  • Understanding of instrumentation, interfaces, and sensors including DMMs, DAQ, power supplies, oscilloscopes, DIO, GPIB, USB, Serial-422, VISA, UDP, GigE, SPI, switch technologies and topologies, accelerometers, RTDs, thermocouples, and 4-20mA sensors
  • Understanding of electrical schematics and experience analyzing electrical circuits and developing functional test plans
  • Self-motivated with strong multi-tasking, organizational, communication and documentation skills
  • Strong sense of accountability and integrity with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding atmosphere



  • Must be able to work extended hours and weekends as needed
  • Minimal travel will be required



  • 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.

Tagged as: communication systems, signal processing, RTL, fpga/soc platforms

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