Ground Operations Engineer, Launch Pads

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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 is currently seeking an individual to join the Ground Operations Engineering Team in Cape Canaveral, FL. As a member of the Ground Operations Engineering Team, you will have the opportunity to utilize your multi-disciplinary knowledge, experience, and creativity to develop solutions to Launch Pad Operations with the goal of maximizing efficiency without sacrificing safety or reliability.

While preparing the pads for launch, you will be responsible for ensuring all aspects of Launch Pad GSE (Ground Support Equipment) have been properly inspected, configured, and tested to support Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy interface requirements. During integrated Launch Operations, you will be responsible for leading a team of technicians on the pads through operational procedures resulting in successful, on-time launches.


  • Identify and execute Launch Pad hardware and process optimizations to drive towards a physics based launch-to-launch cadence with increased reliability and decreased cost
  • As assigned, represent the Ground Operations Engineering team during launch campaigns by ensuring pad operations are on schedule, all testing and verifications have been completed, and outstanding issues have been resolved and/or communicated to the various teams supporting Launch Operations
  • Perform pre and post-launch operations on the launch vehicle and supporting ground systems
  • Use fluid dynamic, thermodynamic, low voltage electrical, and mechanical system knowledge to troubleshoot and resolve issues in a fast-paced environment
  • Author, review, and execute technical work instructions such as inspection plans, operational procedures, and test plans
  • Be a self-starter that will seek out the solutions to technical problems with the local team along with the larger SpaceX workforce
  • Drive efficiency and site-wide commonality into all aspects of ground operations by closely collaborating with engineering staff and technicians from multiple departments on a daily basis
  • Represent SpaceX by presenting certification packages and engineering data to U.S. government agencies including NASA, US Air Force and others


  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, physics, computer science, or other engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of hands-on experience working with complex fluid, mechanical, or low voltage electrical systems in a professional setting or outside the classroom project team


  • Experience working at a rocket launch/test facility and supporting launch/test campaigns
  • Demonstrated expertise in SpaceX core planning tools such as Shop Floor, Manufacturing Planning, and Test Plans
  • Experience testing and operating with or around hazardous systems (high pressure, high energy, hazardous gases & fluids, etc.)
  • Familiarity with instrumentation and control components (pressure transducers, thermocouples, RTDs, strain gauges, accelerometers, flow meters, load cells, relays, solenoid, pneumatic valves)
  • Knowledge of engineering standards and best practices such as ASME B31.3, ASME BPV Code Section VIII, and AFSPCMAN 91-710
  • Experience reviewing data from anomalies and identifying root cause
  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure, fast paced environment
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Strong work ethic and drive to for constant improvement balanced with the ability to work effectively in a team environment


  • Must be willing to work weekends and night shifts as needed
  • Must be willing to travel to other launch sites in support of operational activities and launches; travel requirement is up to 15%
  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral


  • 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: launch operations, fluid dynamic, thermodynamic, low voltage electrical, mechanic systems, rocket launch

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