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In an era when most technology based products follow a path of ever-increasing capability and reliability while simultaneously reducing costs, launch vehicles today are little changed from those of 40 years ago. SpaceX aims to change this paradigm by developing a family of launch vehicles which will ultimately reduce the cost and increase the reliability of space access by a factor of ten. …

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McGregor, TX, US


SpaceX - Full-Time | Job date : 07-06-2018


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 Test Operations Engineer is responsible for ensuring engines and components have been tested and qualified to function in flight conditions. Our engineers specialize in the design and execution of unique development tests for combustion devices, valves, and pressure vessels on an accelerated schedule. This role offers a constant variety of diverse engineering challenges in a fast-paced, hands-on environment.




Develop and execute tests on gas generators, cold gas thrusters, cryogenic valves, hot gas valves, pressure vessels, and many other components

Accept repeated ownership of a component test campaign; this includes test plan creation, stand equipment design/fabrication, new system activation, test operations, and data review

Provide daily direction and instruction to technicians to fabricate and integrate test articles and stand equipment

Develop and maintain test procedures, sequences, scripts, configuration files, and software

Design, build, modify, operate and troubleshoot data acquisition and control systems, wiring and instrumentation; DAQ systems are primarily National Instruments based

Design, build, modify, operate, and troubleshoot fluid systems; fluids include low to high pressure gases and rocket propellants (including cryogenic fluids)

Design, build, modify, and operate mechanical systems; these include test stand support structures, heat exchangers, blast containment devices, and integration equipment

Work with design engineers to develop test methodology and improve current and future F9 component designs

Automate repetitive test operations; this includes identification of risks, failure modes, and mitigation techniques

Consistently find ways to improve existing processes



Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, electrical engineering or other engineering field



Master’s degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering

3 years of hands on experience with mechanical systems, structural systems, propulsion systems, fluid systems, flight hardware or test operations

Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team environment, accomplishing tasks with limited resources at a rapid pace

Knowledge of hazardous systems (cryogenic, flammable, hypergolic, pyrophoric)

Knowledge of high pressure system design and handling

Familiarity with instrumentation and control components (pressure transducers, thermocouples, RTDs, strain gauges, accelerometers, flow meters, load cells, relays, solenoid, pneumatic valves)

Experience using 3D modeling software (Siemens NX, Python, MATLAB, NI LabVIEW)

Experience reviewing data from anomalies and identifying root cause

Experience writing and maintaining test procedures and hardware work instructions

Ability to read, understand and apply technical manuals, data reports, mechanical schematics, electrical schematics and design specifications

Intermediate skill level using Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, OneNote)

Experience with at least one coding language (Matlab, Python, C, C++, Java, Visual Basic)



Flight hardware is typically built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required

Physical effort including sitting or standing for extended periods of time, lifting and carrying weight such as materials or equipment up to 30 lbs

Work performed in an environment with exposure to fumes, odors and noise

Occasionally exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments (heat, cold, rain)

Must be available to work extended hours and weekends, which varies depending on site operational needs; flexibility required

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