Structures Engineer
Structures - Mechanical Design and Development | Hawthorne, CA, United States

Space Exploration Technologies
Work to advance the course of human history and pave the way to Mars.

SpaceX is a US based advanced technology company founded by residing CEO and CTO, Elon Musk. SpaceX builds rockets and spacecraft from the ground up including cutting edge electronics, software, vehicle structures, and engine systems. The Falcon Launch Vehicle and Dragon Spacecraft programs are some of the most ambitious engineering systems in the world, designed to support our ultimate goals of aviation-like spaceflight capability and making humanity a multi-planet species.

'SpaceX is like Special Forces… we do the missions that others think are impossible. We have goals that are absurdly ambitious by any reasonable standard, but we're going to make them happen. We have the potential here at SpaceX to have an incredible effect of the future of humanity and life itself.'
– Elon Musk

If you’re undaunted by the impossible, actively seeking out insanely challenging projects under tight schedules, and want to work with a remarkable organization pushing the envelope of human exploration, then you will want to be part of the SpaceX legacy.

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Structures Engineer

As a Structural Engineer at SpaceX you will have the opportunity to utilize your knowledge, experience and creativity on developing novel solutions at the cutting edge of space technology.  You will work on launch vehicles and spacecraft that will deliver satellites into earth orbit, ferry humans to and from the international space station and ultimately extend humanity’s reach beyond the earth and moon.  You will have ownership of your work from the concept creation through the design and analysis phases and will also participate in the manufacturing and integration of the part used on our current and next generation vehicles.
  • Brainstorm design concepts relating to our Falcon and Dragon vehicles.
  • Create novel solutions to technical challenges.
  • Design and verify parts on our vehicles utilizing hand calculations, finite element analysis and design skills.
  • Partner with Engineering & Manufacturing teams to generate ideas, designs and processes for current and next generation vehicles.
  • Manage and track multiple priorities while maintaining a focus towards common project goals.
  • Participate in design reviews.
  • Focus on reaching the highest possible mass-fraction for our launch vehicles while also maintaining unmatched structural reliability.
Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum BS degree in Mechanical Engineering or a related engineering discipline
  • Experience with ANSYS and/or FEMAP
  • Excellent grasp of Mechanical Engineering fundamentals
Preferred Skills:
  • Experience with Unigraphics NX6 is a plus
  • Experience working with composite materials is a plus
  • Team or sub-team leadership experience is a plus
  • Experience with pressurized structures and/or other lightweight aerospace structures is a plus
  • Demonstrable problem solving skills
  • Hands on project experience
  • Ability to work independently
ITAR Requirements:
  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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.
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, 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 Resource Department at (310) 363-6000.