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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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Hawthorne, CA, US


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


As a Thermal Fluid Systems Engineer at SpaceX, you will have the opportunity to utilize your knowledge, experience, and creativity to develop novel solutions at the cutting edge of space technology. You will work on the aspects of spacecraft design that will enable humans to be ferried to and from the International Space Station and ultimately extend humanity’s reach beyond the earth and moon. Our Life Support System team focuses on the Dragon spacecraft and develops the necessary hardware to allow Dragon to maintain thermal and environmental control, and support life onboard the spacecraft. This role is a challenging role, as it involves design, analysis, testing, and manufacturing of fluids system elements that are a part of the life support systems. You will be working with the team to develop and integrate these components into the Dragon spacecraft, to help carry out its mission of bringing humans into space, to the International Space Station or beyond.


  • Responsible for a portion of the life support systems aboard the SpaceX Dragon space capsule, including both in-house fabricated as well as vendor supplied components
  • Perform CAD modeling and structural analysis of elements of the life support systems
  • Perform fluid analyses for pressure balance, component design allowable, and consumables determination
  • Work with interdisciplinary customers to ensure the component will meet the requirements of avionics, GNC, mission operations, etc.
  • Ensure designs are manufacturable and reliable; work with the production team to ensure a smooth transition to a reliable manufacturing process that has minimal design engineering sustainment engineering required
  • Material selection


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • Minimum one year of experience working with various fluids components such as valves, pumps, COPVs, compressors, heat exchangers, pressure transducers, or temperature sensors


  • Master’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • Hands-on experience with fluid (liquid and/or gas) handling systems
  • Experience using data acquisition equipment, as well as test instrumentation and control components: pressure transducers, thermocouples, resistance temperature detectors, relays
  • Experience with HVAC systems and air ducting
  • Experienced in NX or other CAD packages with a solid understanding and application of geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) per ASME Y14.5-1994 and tolerance stack-up analysis
  • Experience with structural analysis methods in order to optimize hardware to strength requirements as well as to evaluate for life and fracture
  • Experience with FEMAP, ANSYS, and similar structural analysis software tools
  • Experience with pressurized structures and/or lightweight aerospace structures
  • Ability to work independently


  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends, as needed

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