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Life Cycle Engineer (Dragon 2 Avionics)

Hawthorne, CA 90250

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 ofenabling human life on Mars.


As a Life Cycle Engineer, you will have a unique opportunity to be the bridge between design and production; equally anchored in both disciplines with the ability to spearhead change throughout a products life cycle. You will be expected to troubleshoot electronic assemblies, define new processes, design fixtures/tools, and identify opportunities for improvement in products and processes. You will have the opportunity to work on and improve the wide variety of crew dragon avionics components that enable SpaceX to provide the safest, most reliable, access to space. Our fundamental goal is to allow humanity to explore the stars; with it comes extreme responsibility to ensure the safety of the crew and payload. Are you up for the challenge?


  • Troubleshoot avionics hardware spanning thermal control system components, electromechanical sensors, PCBA boards, and assembled avionics boxes. Full functional testing of and on-vehicle anomaly resolution related to any of the aforementioned components.
  • Write and execute acceptance and qualification test plans, test procedures, and test reports against product requirements
  • Modify electrical schematics and mechanical drawings for flight applications as they relate to reliability and manufacturability
  • Design and troubleshoot test setups and associated support equipment to support execution of testing strategies
  • Participate in manufacturing assessments of new designs and drive optimization for manufacturability and cost


  • Bachelors degree in an engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of experience with circuit board design, environments testing, or unit level testing (significant academic projects, internships, and traditional professional experience all qualify)
  • 2+ years of experience with electronic components, wire harnesses, and electrical test equipment (e.g. multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supplies)


  • Master's degree in electrical engineering or mechanical engineering
  • 1+ years of experience working with various fluids components such as valves, pumps, compressors, pressure transducers, or temperature sensors
  • Experience using data acquisition equipment as well as test instrumentation and control components: pressure transducers, patch heaters, resistance temperature detectors, etc
  • Experience using and troubleshooting acceleration, pressure, acoustic, strain, position and thermal sensors
  • Experience with electrical schematic capture software (Altium, Orcad or similar)
  • Experience with 3D CAD software (NX, Solidworks or similar)
  • Experience with Matlab, LabVIEW, Python, SPICE, SQL, and/or National Instruments hardware
  • Experience with a range of interfaces including GPIB, USB, TCP/IP, CAN, SPI, and I2C
  • Experience supporting a product from conception to production
  • Experience working in project teams such as Formula SAE or Hybrid Electric Vehicle
  • Experience in environmental testing such as vibration, shock, thermal, burn-in, and TVAC to a formal standard such as SMC-S-016 or MIL-STD-202.
  • Experience with troubleshooting and detail oriented work with the ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding atmosphere
  • Strong sense of accountability and self-motivated with strong organizational, communication and documentation skills


  • Willing to work extended 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.

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 SpaceXs 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: 2019-08-06 Expires: 2019-09-05

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