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 Equipment Engineer designs, builds and operates facilities in support of engine, component, structural, and developmental testing at the SpaceX Rocket Development Facility. Join the team as a mechanical engineer and take ownership of systems and hardware used to prove out the next generation of American rockets.


  • Engineering, design, analysis, material/component selection and procurement, construction, activation, and maintenance of test stands, tooling, and supporting infrastructure
  • Provide support and direction to technicians during construction, activation, and maintenance of stands and equipment
  • Support testing campaigns by operating ground propellant systems, reviewing data for system health, and modifying equipment or procedures as necessary
  • Develop novel ways to streamline site-wide processes and increase the reliability and efficiency of testing operations
  • Perform any additional tasks that ensure efficient and effective testing, as required


  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering or other engineering discipline


  • Master’s degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering
  • 3+ years of relevant experience in an industrial setting
  • Fundamental understanding, intuition, and aptitude of fluid and/or structural/mechanical design and analysis
  • Creative ability to imagine and design from scratch, while retaining low cost, reliability, efficiency, and maintainability
  • Experience where quick-thinking and problem solving plays a critical role
  • Collaborative team player, eager to find the best engineering solution while balancing cost and schedule
  • Good response to challenges posed by short deadlines
  • Ability to work in a high-concentration, high-stress environment
  • Acute attention to detail, ability to see interactions with other systems to avoid problems
  • Intermediate skill level using Windows Operating Systems
  • Intermediate skill level using Microsoft Office
  • Intermediate skill level using CAD (NX a plus)
  • Experience with high pressure and cryogenic fluid systems and components
  • Experience producing drawings for welders and machine shop fabrication (applied knowledge of GD&T per ASME Y14.5 a plus)
  • Machining, welding, other fabrication techniques, and general hands-on experience
  • Experience in FEA or CFD modeling and analysis, with ability to verify by simplified hand calculations
  • Piping and pressure vessel design experience per ASME code, work with flanges, gaskets, fasteners
  • Instrumentation, testing, data review and analysis, verification against a model
  • Creative and passionate approach to addressing opportunities and challenges, and an enthusiastic, self-motivated, positive can-do attitude
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while maintaining a high sense of urgency in a high-paced, challenging work environment
  • Ability to work independently and in a team, take initiative, and communicate effectively
  • Willingness to perform other related duties for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment


  • Working conditions may be in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required
  • Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small openings, and climbing hand over hand
  • Able to lift heavy objects up to 25lbs unassisted
  • Ability to work on ladders, lifts, and at elevated heights (up to 300 feet) with proper PPE
  • Able to respond to emergencies to support priority projects, missions, and launches
  • Available to work extended hours and weekends as needed; flexibility is required
  • Able to work in extreme outdoor environments when needed – heat, cold, wind, rain, etc
  • Able to work in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise


  • 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.

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