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.
PROPULSION COMPONENTS DESIGN ENGINEER – PURCHASED COMPONENTS
Every major capability of our flight vehicles – from engine firing to attitude control and recovery – requires high-performance propulsion components. These valves, regulators, and actuators operate in severe temperature (-300F to 900F), pressure (6,000 psi), and vibrational environments to deliver pneumatics and propellants across the vehicle. The leak-tight performance and reliability of these components present some of the greatest challenges to a mission to Mars. Design engineers on the vendor components team are responsible for the design, development, and flight of purchased components, typically without access to piece part dimensions and in-house production capability. This presents a challenge: Our engineers must demonstrate an exceptional intuition for mechanism design, an instinct to validate through hands-on testing, and a knack for motivating others. With a foundation in thermal/fluid dynamics, material selection, and basic electrical engineering, we provide design direction to improve reliability while minimizing weight and cost. We are reinventing heritage aerospace hardware to be ready for continual reuse, partnering with those who adopt the SpaceX mission and ethic, and parting from those who hold us back.
- Responsible for the design, development, and qualification of purchased propulsion components, including solenoid valves, check valves, relief valves, and burst disks.
- Perform hands-on development and qualification testing of components to ensure readiness for flight (vibration, shock, thermal cycle, life cycle, flow testing).
- Review vendor drawings and test procedures to screen for design and workmanship defects.
- Build and maintain relationships with key component vendors, driving reliability and reusability while maintaining production capacity and minimizing costs.
- Certify hardware for manned flight and repeated reuse.
- Troubleshoot component anomalies that arise at the build, test, or launch sites.
- Present qualification status and test anomalies to system engineers, reliability engineers, and SpaceX customers.
- Work with vehicle system engineers to evaluate and size components for Mars mission vehicles.
- Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline.
- 1+ years professional or internship experience in a test focused engineering role.
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Previous leadership experience, especially in a technical role.
- Proven history of driving projects from concept to completion.
- Working knowledge of valves, regulators, burst disks, and other fluid components.
- Hands-on experience with fluid and/or gas handling systems.
- Experience working on mechanisms or mechanical systems (e.g. drivetrains, pumps, engines, etc.)
- Experience using test instrumentation and control components (e.g. pressure transducers, thermocouples, resistance temperature detectors, relays, solenoid valves, etc.)
- Excellent written and communication skills.
- Well organized with meticulous attention to detail.
- Travel to vendors and SpaceX launch/test sites as needed.
- Must be able to work long hours and weekends as needed.
- 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.
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