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Launch Engineer, Spacecraft Integration (Payloads)

Company: Space Exploration Technologies
Location: Cape Canaveral
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

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.



  • Provide engineering support to the following efforts: Starlink satellite integration, and customer payload integration
  • Provide on-the-floor engineering support through running avionics and pressurized checkouts and swiftly solving any hardware/avionics issues as they arise
  • Improve integration process efficiency through automation of pre-launch checkouts and test procedures
  • Develop and execute procedures for the checkout and integration of Starlink satellites, commercial/government spacecraft, and ground support equipment
  • Work closely with payload avionics/structures design teams to develop integration plans for a growing number of unique, non-standard payload missions
  • Constantly evaluate and iterate on the Starlink satellite integration process to increase processing cadence, while maintaining reliability
  • Manage hardware processing and delivery timelines closely with government and commercial customers to ensure pre-launch milestones are met
  • Closely collaborate with engineering staff from other departments and highly skilled technicians on a daily basis
  • Manage and track multiple priorities while maintaining a focus towards common project goals
  • Manage work orders and the driving of non-conformances into actionable items and system improvements
  • Lead and facilitate root cause and corrective action investigations to ensure that issues related to product reliability and quality that cause downstream disruption are corrected


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering
  • 1+ year(s) of professional experience with complex, multi-disciplinary system assemblies (past work experience, internships, team/personal projects with aerospace vehicles/payloads, automotive, aircraft, marine assemblies qualify)


  • Professional experience with one or more of the following: launch vehicle or spacecraft integration; hardware integration and a history of troubleshooting skills; operations in 100,000 class or better clean rooms; test operations with gases/fluids; data acquisition setup and field measurements
  • Experience in writing test plans and test procedures
  • Experience in writing build instructions or work instructions for execution by skilled technicians
  • Problem solving skills and experience with respect to hardware or avionics
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance
  • Ability to work well in a team environment. Also able to work well with a wide range of people across multiple organizations, including mission management, customers, and vendors
  • Professional experience testing and operating with or around hazardous systems (high pressure, high energy, hazardous gases/fluids, etc.)
  • Ability to learn, lead others, and help others learn while maintaining productivity


  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral
  • Ability to work at elevated heights and/or tight spaces
  • Must be willing to travel, potentially for extended periods of time
  • Physical effort including standing, lifting and carrying moderately heavy materials or equipment (15 to 35 lbs)
  • Must be available to work extended hours, nights and weekends when required by mission milestones


  • 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.

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.

Keywords: Space Exploration Technologies, Melbourne , Launch Engineer, Spacecraft Integration (Payloads), Other , Cape Canaveral, Florida

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