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.
As an Associate Engineer - Post Grad, you will be responsible for both
autonomously and collaboratively working on actual space hardware
development projects. You will be challenged to think creatively,
independently, and intellectually to design hardware, gaining invaluable
hands-on technical experience. This is not an ordinary “internship” –
you will be given as much responsibility as our full-time engineers and
will be an integral part of the team. We will rely on you to come up
with creative solutions to real aerospace challenges and depend upon
your contributions to space hardware development projects. The most
successful candidates have a history of significant contributions to
hands-on, extracurricular engineering projects in addition to a strong
ASSOCIATE ENGINEER - POST GRAD FALL 2018 - ALL LOCATIONS
- Cape Canaveral, FL
- Hawthorne, CA
- Irvine, CA
- McGregor, TX
- Redmond, WA
- Vandenberg, CA
- Completed a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year
university of college within the past 6 months by start of
employment or currently enrolled in a graduate program
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- GPA of 3.5 or higher
- Hands-on experience through lab research, project teams, prior
internship or work experience
- Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a
team environment, accomplishing tasks with limited resources at a
- Intermediate skill level using Windows Operations Systems
- Intermediate skill level using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel,
- Must be able to work full time for a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks
beginning in August/September 2018
- Must pass background check with satisfactory results to SpaceX
- Candidates applying to opportunities at McGregor, Cape Canaveral and
Vandenberg locations must be able to provide own transportation
- 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. Learn more about 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.
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 Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.
GROUPS OFFERED BY LOCATION:
CAPE CANAVERAL, FL
Cape Canaveral’s location on the southeast coast of the US provides
access to a wide range of low and medium inclination orbits frequently
used by communications and Earth-observing satellites and by supply
missions to the International Space Station. SpaceX operates both Space
Launch Complex 40, as well as the historic Launch Complex 39A, which was
originally built for the Apollo program. Through the innovation and
collaborative effort of the entire Cape Canaveral team, the site
supports the launches of both our Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy launch
vehicles. LC-39A will soon be SpaceX’s primary launch complex for
delivering the next generation of astronauts to and from the
International Space Station for NASA’s Commercial Crew Program.
DRAGON GROUND OPERATIONS: The Crew Dragon Operations team develops novel
solutions in human spaceflight operations and reusability. Interns
within this group will assist with pre-flight vehicle processing,
recovery, and refurbishment of the Crew Dragon spacecraft.
FLEET MANAGEMENT: Fleet Operations manages SpaceX’s growing launch
vehicle and flight hardware inventory at the launch site. This
department executes major transports of flight articles, supports and
maintains ground support equipment, and enables critical storage and
processing capabilities for launch integration, recovery, and
LAUNCH PAD INSTRUMENTATION: The day to day focus of the Launch Pad
Instrumentation team is the design, build, test and use of
instrumentation and control systems in Cape Canaveral. Interns within
this group will work directly on the ground support equipment systems
used to launch and land rockets at LC-39A, LC-40 and LZ-1.
LAUNCH REFURBISHMENT: The Launch Refurbishment team develops and
executes procedures for the checkout and integration of flight hardware,
customer spacecraft and group support equipment. These efforts include
working on flight proven Falcon 9 boosters, as well as closely
collaborating with other departments to identify solutions to a variety
of technical systems.
LAUNCH SITE SYSTEMS: The Launch Site Systems team is responsible for the
design of all fluid systems at the launch sites. Employing fluid
mechanics and other mechanical skills, our engineers develop the systems
that condition, load, and light the rocket on the launch pad. Design
and analysis in incompressible and compressible fluids is performed to
build systems that ensure a rapid, reliable, and automated launch day.
RECOVERY OPERATIONS: Recovery operations involve designing and executing
missions to land Falcon 9 both by land and by sea, recover critical
hardware such as fairings and cargo dragons, as well as soon recover
astronauts offshore. Recovery is responsible for engineering unique
solutions both onshore and offshore to recover and process reusable
vehicles faster and more efficiently.
VEHICLE & PAYLOAD INTEGRATION: The Vehicle and Payload Integration
departments perform final rocket assembly and run checkouts on flight
hardware at the launch sites. Integration engineers are the last set of
hands and eyes on the rocket before launch operations begin. Interns in
these departments will gain hands-on experience with system functional
checkouts, integration and troubleshooting related to the Falcon 9
rocket, Dragon spacecraft and fairing.
Our SpaceX Headquarters in Hawthorne, CA is where most of the design,
production, and business operations take place. The rapid pace and
innovation of SpaceX can be witnessed in many areas at our Hawthorne
campus, whether it be on the awe-inspiring production floor, or through
the innovative research and development happening every day.
AVIONICS: Our Avionics group works to design, develop, manufacture,
test, analyze and integrate all the electronic hardware and software for
our vehicles. This includes but is not limited to: power conversion
units, analog and digital circuit boards, FPGA’s, communication system
units, and firmware as well as enclosure and wire harness development.
BUILD RELIABILITY: Our Build Reliability team ensures quality production
of assemblies and piece parts that flow into the production of the
vehicle. They proactively drive initiative to improve the vehicle
reliability. The team develops standard tools, processes, methods,
design adjustments, and requirements to ensure production reliability.
CUSTOMER OPERATIONS AND INTEGRATION: Our Customer Operations and
Integration group is the main interface between the SpaceX technical
teams and our customers and helps to ensure that our missions are
successful and timely. They encompass the Space Operations team, which
focuses on revolutionizing spaceflight operations for cargo and crew
Dragon missions, as well as future company missions. This group contains
roles in product management, mission management, mission engineering and
FLIGHT RELIABILITY: Our Flight Reliability group’s primary
responsibility is to review and certify the vehicle’s test and flight
readiness. The team works to maintain safe, reliable practices during
operations and bridge operational and design challenges between test and
launch. Flight Reliability interacts with the engineering, production,
test and launch teams from the planning stage all the way to launch for
the purpose of reviewing the vehicle configuration and status.
LAUNCH ENGINEERING: The Hawthorne Launch site teams ensure successful
launches and rocket recoveries. This team works on the coordination and
design of all fluid systems to launch our rockets as well as automation
and control systems of our launches. They constantly strive to
streamline processes and improve vehicle reliability.
MATERIALS ENGINEERING: Our Materials Engineering group focuses on
finding materials solutions to expand the capabilities of current
vehicles and to push design boundaries for our future ones. They cover a
wide range of materials disciplines from alloy development, large scale
composite structures, additive manufacturing, and traditional aerospace
materials. This is a fast paced, hands on group that splits time between
materials support for new designs, enabling re-usability of rockets, and
materials research focused on interplanetary travel.
PROPULSION: Our Propulsion group uses cutting edge technology to develop
the latest rocket hardware. We currently build more rocket engines than
any other organization in the country, and furthermore, the design and
performance parameters of SpaceX engines are notably recognized
throughout the industry. They design, analyze, build, and test engines
that will one day take mankind to Mars.
VEHICLE ENGINEERING: Our Vehicle Engineering team is responsible for the
design, development, and qualification of hardware on all vehicles. They
partner with engineering and production teams to generate ideas,
designs, and improvements. This group includes but is not limited to:
propulsion components, structures engineering, in-space propulsion,
integration and test, vehicle analysis, thermal and fluid analysis, life
support systems, dynamics, and guidance navigation and control.
Located 40 miles south of our Hawthorne Headquarters, SpaceX’s Irvine
location supports the primary Satellite Development team in Redmond, WA.
The Irvine Satellite Development team brings together the brightest
minds in RFIC design, digital signal processing, FPGA, Board Design, lab
verification, programming and package modeling.
SATELLITE DEVELOPMENT (ASIC / RF / FPGA): Our Irvine Satellite
Development team develops phased array space based and ground broadband
communications solutions. Internships in Irvine include the opportunity
to design, implement and verify complex products that use FPGAs and/or
ASICs. Majors represented are mainly: Electrical Engineering, RF / RFIC
Engineering – MS/PhD candidates preferred.
SpaceX tests its engines and structures at a 4,000-acre state-of-the-art
rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Every Merlin engine that
powers the Falcon 9 rocket and every Draco thruster that controls the
Dragon spacecraft is tested on one of 11 test stands. The Falcon 9 first
stage is tested with all nine Merlin engines firing at 1.71 million
pounds of thrust for up to three minutes—the same as actual flight
duration. In addition, the facility is home to a dual Merlin test stand
consisting of two independent engine testing bays, allowing SpaceX to
test up to 400 Merlin engines a year. Established in 2003, the site now
averages two tests per day.
DRAGON TEST: The Dragon Test department is responsible for all
acceptance and qualification testing for the Draco and Super Draco
engines, as well as hypergolic fuels. The department also leads
post-mission Dragon vehicle disassembly and decontamination.
RAPTOR TEST: The Raptor Test department is responsible for designing,
building, and activating the test stand used for the developmental
F9 ENGINE & COMPONENT TEST: The F9 Engine & Component Test team is
responsible for ensuring maximum product quality by testing our hardware
to its limits in as close to flight like conditions as possible.
Hardware tests range from components to 1st stage Merlin and 2nd stage
MVAC engines. This department is also responsible for integrating the
engine to the second stage of Falcon 9. Testing efforts are supported
through proper design, maintenance and operations of all ground support
F9 STAGE TEST: The F9 Stage Test department is responsible for planning
and executing full stage testing of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Test
Equipment Engineers support this effort through fluids system design,
structural analysis and ground propellant operation.
TEST DEVELOPMENT: The Texas Test Development team is responsible for
unplanned, unusual, or reactionary equipment design and testing
activities. The team is also responsible for test equipment used in the
testing of 2nd stages and for developing business processes used by the
engineering and fabrication teams.
TEST FABRICATION & SUPPORT: This department supports all site needs
including new test stand construction, infrastructure modification and
repair, supply chain management, and crane operations.
The SpaceX Redmond office was established in 2015 to develop satellites
that will provide global internet access. Opportunities in Redmond range
from electrical and software focused, to hardware test and
manufacturing. Join the growing Redmond team as they progress on their
journey of innovation and ground-breaking satellite technology.
AVIONICS (ELECTRONICS): The Avionics electrical team specifies, designs,
analyzes, implements, tests, and integrates the electronics hardware for
the flight computers, power converters, sensors, communication, and
guidance/navigation/control subsystems for the satellite. In addition,
the team is responsible for the user terminal, gateway and ground
SOFTWARE ENGINEERING: The Satellite Development software team specifies,
designs, implements and validates all the code that runs in the system
during simulations, development, and in orbit. The team is responsible
for the software for the vehicle, user terminals, fleet management,
system security, network design and implementation, and the modem.
Software engineers at SpaceX enjoy executing a mission critical role and
are challenged by developing complex, high reliability code from cradle
SATELLITE DEVELOPMENT (MECHANICS): Our team delivers Spacecraft
mechanical architecture, design and manufacturing for all Satellite Bus
and Payload, including all design and analysis for mechanisms, thermal,
reliability analysis, avionics, structural, solar array, and propulsion
design. This team’s responsibilities also include manufacturing and
test/qualification of all Prototypes and flight vehicles.
SATELLITE DEVELOPMENT (ASIC / RF / ANTENNA): Our ASIC/RF/Antenna team
develops phased array space based and ground broadband communications
solutions. They develop chips, boards, DSP firmware and antennas. The
team is pushing the amount of bits that can be sent / received per m2
per $ per watt with highly efficient digital, Ku / Ka band RFIC, and RF
World-class colleagues, rocket launches, and panoramic ocean views from
your desk: these are the things of which dream jobs are made. SpaceX's
CA coastal launch site is located at historic SLC-4 on Vandenberg Air
Force Base. Vandenberg offers our customers critical access to polar
orbits, frequently used by satellite communication constellations,
defense intelligence and Earth-observing satellites, and some lunar
missions. This is an ideal internship location if you are passionate
about spaceflight and eager to work hands-on with flight hardware and
ground support equipment. Our small, but mighty Vandenberg team is
leading the charge on major process innovations for rapid reuse and
VEHICLE AND PAYLOAD INTEGRATION: Our Vehicle and Payload Integration
team performs final rocket assembly and runs checkouts on flight
hardware at our Vandenberg launch site. Do you have what it takes to be
part of the team that is the last set of hands and eyes on the rocket
before launch operations begin? Interns will receive the opportunity to
be directly involved in the hands-on assembly, integration and testing
of flight vehicle assemblies.
LAUNCH PAD SYSTEMS AND OPERATIONS: As a team, the Launch Pad Systems and
Operations engineers are responsible for all of the fluids systems
(Liquid Oxygen, RP-1 kerosene, Helium, Nitrogen, hydraulics, and Air
Conditioning systems), command and control (low voltage) infrastructure,
and mechanical structures necessary to launch the Falcon 9. As an
Associate Engineer, you’ll work closely with one of our engineers on
system design, analysis, implementation, activation, and sustainment
planning. Be there on the ground floor, getting your hands dirty and
contributing directly to the success of future launches.