DEVELOPMENT TEST ENGINEER

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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.

DEVELOPMENT TEST ENGINEER

Join the Development Test group as a Test Engineer developing SpaceX’s newest products. Development Test is a fast paced R&D focused group that aims to reduce hardware development time and increase reliability by testing SpaceX’s upcoming products, ground systems, spacecraft, and launch vehicles. Our Test Engineers design, fabricate, and implement test equipment as well as conduct development tests for the new structures, components, and mechanisms.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Create test stand concepts, fabrication drawings, wiring schematics, and instrumentation lists
  • Design and analyze structures, fluid systems, and mechanisms
  • Supervise the integration of test stands including fabrication, mechanical assembly and data/control systems
  • Operate test stands with great attention to detail. (Tests have very little margin for error, so attention to detail is a crucial and essential characteristic of a development test engineer)

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering
  • 2+ years of total experience in one or a combination of the following:
    • Involvement with an extracurricular project team designing and building mechanical structures
    • Academic research on mechanical structures
    • Professional experience designing and analyzing mechanical structures

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Master’s degree in mechanical engineering or other engineering discipline
  • Understanding and proper application of GD&T
  • Experience with Unigraphics (NX)
  • Experience performing finite element analysis (FEA)
  • Experience with large steel and/or aluminum weldment design and analysis
  • Experience with high pressure (up to 30,000 psi) fluid system design and analysis
  • Hands-on design and fabrication experience
  • Basic programming skills (Python, Javascript, and HTML/CSS preferred)
  • Data acquisition and controls experience
  • Demonstrated ability to drive projects to completion

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to work at elevated heights occasionally (scissor lifts and articulated boom lifts)
  • Physical effort including standing, lifting, and carrying equipment up to 30 lbs. unassisted
  • Ability to work in outdoor environments as needed
  • Must be available to work extended hours and some weekends
  • Willing to travel for short trips as needed, up to 10% travel

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.

Tagged as: gd&t, unigraphics (nx), finite element analysis (fea)

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