Integration Engineer, Dragon Ground Operations
Cape Canaveral, FL
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.


SpaceX is currently seeking talented individuals for a position on the Dragon Ground Operations team. You will have the opportunity to utilize your knowledge, experience, and creativity to develop novel solutions in human spaceflight operations and reusability. You will work on pre-flight vehicle processing, recovery and refurbishment of the next generation Dragon spacecraft, designed to take crew and cargo to low earth orbit. For human flights, you will also work on pre-flight and recovery processing of the crew during their journey to the International Space Station. You will have ownership of your work in all phases of ground operation and will directly interface with astronauts. The role will also provide an opportunity to establish aircraft like operations on Dragon and interface with the design engineers on the next generation SpaceX Mars vehicle.

  • Develop and execute procedures for the checkout and integration of Crew and Cargo Dragon flight hardware and ground support equipment
  • Responsible for enabling day-to-day execution of the vehicle integration and test flow
  • Develop and refine manufacturing assembly procedures based on lessons learned to mature status
  • Design high-level vehicle integration architecture including build flow and test concept of operations
  • Manage work orders and the driving of non-conformances into actionable items and system improvements
  • Design and develop tools and hardware to enable vehicle assembly and ensure vehicle testing abilities
  • Help develop, build and maintain Dragon and crew processing facilities
  • Closely collaborate with engineering staff from other departments and highly skilled technicians on a daily basis
  • Work with a government or commercial customer on pre- and post- flight preparations for human spaceflight
  • Manage and track multiple priorities while maintaining a focus towards common project goals
  • Seek out the solutions to technical problems with the local team along with the larger SpaceX workforce
  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, physics, aerospace engineering, or other engineering discipline
  • 3+ years of experience with complex, multi-disciplinary system assemblies. Past work experience, internships, team/personal projects with aerospace vehicles/payloads, automotive, aircraft, or marine assemblies qualify
  • Experience working on spacecraft or launch vehicles
  • Experience with hypergols
  • Experience in writing test plans and test procedures
  • Proficiency in or hands-on experience with one or more of the following: launch vehicle or spacecraft integration; operations in 100,000 class or better clean rooms; test operations with gases/fluids; and data acquisition setup and field measurements
  • Acute attention to detail
  • Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • A positive, upbeat attitude and ability to perform work expectations and thrive in a high-stress environment
  • Ability to work well in a team environment and communicate clearly and accurately with a wide range of people
  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral
  • Physical effort including standing, lifting and carrying moderately heavy materials or equipment (15 to 50 lbs.)
  • Must be comfortable being trained to work around hypergolic propellants (MMH and NTO) and willing to work with hazardous materials
  • Overall mental fitness with the ability to work in a high-concentration, high-stress environment requiring prolonged mental concentration (under possible extended work hours)
  • Ability to spend time at sea for days at a time
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Willingness to work outdoors
  • 50 hour work weeks are typical, schedule varies depending on site operational needs, flexibility required
  • Position is subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testing
  • 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 ( ).
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