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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.

Integration & Test Engineer


This position serves as and integration and test engineer for satellite integrated hardware assemblies in Redmond, WA as well as the launch site. Job is based in Redmond, WA.


* Responsible for rapid delivery of integration and test concept of operations for new design implementation on the satellite vehicle
* Participate in design reviews and provide feedback to improve design for manufacturability and quality control
* Update, streamline and optimize integration process (including overall concept of operations) through cross-functional coordination between engineering, production teams, technicians and test disciplines to drive down cost, schedule and achieve production rate goals
* Create accurate and effective process documentation, including standard operating procedures, integration work instructions, and process specifications
* Develop and execute system level test (avionics and propulsion) procedures to ensure all systems operate correctly individually and together as installed on the vehicle
* Quickly develop and execute solutions to resolve and prevent quality non-conformances discovered during hardware integration and/or test that may impact form, fit, or function of the production hardware minimizing impacts to production schedule
* Responsible for the identification, plan, and execution of capital upgrades including factory layout, test and manufacturing equipment to meet production rate goals of delivering complete and tested major assemblies
* Help drive company's environment, health, ergonomics and safety initiatives to prevent incidents
* Provides direct support to Flight Systems Management for pre-ship reviews to ensure that the integrated hardware assembly satisfies system level requirements before shipment to the test or launch site


* Bachelors of Science in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical. Aerospace, or other)
* Two years of applicable experience
* Minimum two years' experience as a manufacturing or test engineer supporting highly integrated cross-disciplinary assembly operations
* 1+ years of experience in a hands-on manufacturing environment, internship time counts.
* Previous work experience with a data acquisition system and instrumentation of some type (school lab setting or professional experience)


* Experience as a technical project lead
* Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
* Ability to communicate across all levels and disciplines
* Experience with acceptance testing, integrated avionics system level testing and/or system level propulsion leak checks
* Root Cause Analysis experience
* Lean Manufacturing, Kaizen, Kanban and/or Process Improvement experience
* Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment
* Understanding of pressure transducers, thermocouples, RTDs, accelerometers, strain gauges, flow meters, load cells, relays, solenoid valves
* Experience with National Instruments SCXI/PXI data acquisition systems
* Experience with a defect or non-conformance tracking database
* Experience with a version control system
* Experience building or working with embedded systems
* Working knowledge of Labview is a plus
* Familiarity with scripting language, such as Python, Perl, Ruby, or Go is a plus


* Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed
* This is a hands-on position that requires one to be on their feet for up to 4+ hours a day. You will sometimes be working directly with technicians and hardware on the floor and will have to be comfortable stooping, bending, standing and at times will be in tight areas with limited room.
* May be required to provide technical support for integrated hardware assembly operations with engineering personnel at Texas Test site, Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg launch sites.


* 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.

About SpaceX

SpaceX is developing a family of launch vehicles and spacecraft intended to increase the reliability and reduce the cost of both manned and unmanned space transportation, ultimately by a factor of ten. With the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 vehicles, SpaceX offers highly reliable/cost-efficient launch capabilities for spacecraft insertion into any orbital altitude and inclination. Starting in 2010, SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft will provide Earth-to-LEO transport of pressurized and unpressurized cargo, including resupply to the International Space Station (ISS). Founded in 2002, SpaceX is a private company owned by management and employees, with minority investments from Founders Fund and DFJ. The SpaceX team now numbers nearly 800, with corporate headquarters in Hawthorne, California.