1+ months

Lead Launch Engineer, Vehicle Integration

Lompoc, CA 93437

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 lead launch engineer will lead a team of mixed discipline launch engineers (mechanical and avionics) to accomplish €˜pre-launch€™ vehicle integration and vehicle refurbishment at our SpaceX Vandenberg launch site. This leader will be responsible for all Falcon 9 work scope, non-conformances, and potential scope changes as Falcon 9 vehicles make it through post-flight maintenance and pre-launch site processing. The role requires that this individual work closely with the technician team, supervisors and the operations manager to enforce a robust vehicle integration process and quality work product.


  • Lead a team of engineers responsible for executing launch vehicle campaigns to include stage processing, testing, integrated operations, launch support, and post-flight vehicle maintenance/refurbishment.
  • Provide expertise and guidance to the management staff as it relates to final integration of flight hardware at operational launch sites.
  • Interface with a variety of engineering groups to overcome off-nominal conditions and drive effective solutions.
  • Delegate tasks and projects to engineers, and be accountable for achieving results and hitting deadlines; must be able to perform all tasks in order to fill-in when another engineer is not present.
  • Lead and manage performance of the team to ensure milestones and goals are met and job satisfaction is high.
  • Maintain vehicle integration, process improvements, and problem solve to enable rapid and reliable launch operations.
  • Responsible for improving existing processes, equipment, and techniques for attaining launch rates, organization cost reduction and continuous improvements.


  • Bachelor€™s degree in an engineering discipline.
  • 2+ years of experience as a launch vehicle engineer and/or professional experience leading operations, developing process improvements and training teams.


  • Master€™s degree in an engineering discipline.
  • 3+ years of experience as launch vehicle engineer in the launch integration/test teams.
  • Prior leadership experience, to include leading teams, projects, or people.
  • Expert level first-principles engineering knowledge.
  • Ability to obtain or currently hold top secret/SCI security clearance.
  • Proactive and forward thinking with respect to team growth and department/company strategy.
  • Demonstrated track record of success in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment that operates under tight timelines and aggressive schedules.
  • Experience working at a rocket launch facility and supporting launch campaigns.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to interact with and convey concepts within all levels of an organization.
  • Ability to manage integration and testing of complex, multidisciplinary assemblies, and systems.
  • Ability to obtain or currently hold top secret/ SCI security clearance.


  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Vandenberg
  • Work schedule may vary depending on site operational needs, and flexibility is required.
  • Ability to support and supervise operations outside of normal business hours, when required.
  • Flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required.
  • Perform work in an environment with exposure to fumes, odors, and noise using appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Physical effort including standing, lifting, and carrying moderately heavy materials or equipment (up to 35 pounds).


  • 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.


Posted: 2021-03-23 Expires: 2021-05-22

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