Hawthorne, California (US)
09 Nov 2021
02 Dec 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

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.


An engineer on the space suit team is responsible for the continued development of critical components and the overall Dragon IVA suit and additional crew equipment.


  • Own the design and development of space suit soft goods and mechanical systems / subassemblies
  • Generate detailed drawings and development detailed component specifications
  • Work with production and test teams to create work instructions, address build and test issues, and improve manufacturability
  • Conduct fittings and acceptance testing with astronauts throughout build campaign
  • Lead design reviews internally and externally with suppliers and customers
  • Be responsible for project delivery timeline from early design through production, launch, and refurbishment
  • Exemplify technical excellence and be accountable for your work


  • Bachelor's degree in physics or an engineering discipline
  • 1+ years of experience with CAD packages (internship and extracurricular experience is applicable)
  • 1+ years of hands-on experience with the design and development of mechanical components or systems (internship and project team experience is applicable)


  • Experience with technical soft goods assemblies, design through build
  • Leadership experience on an engineering or project team
  • Experience with human in the loop testing, IRB protocols, and human-centric product design
  • Experience with NX modeling and Teamcenter PLM software
  • Knowledge of GD&T
  • Experience with designing / operating fluids systems
  • Strong ability to use data and analysis to make fast data driven decisions
  • Willingness and desire to exemplify extreme ownership of flight critical spacecraft systems
  • Proactive problem-solving skills such as failure analysis, root cause investigation, and DOE creation
  • Prior experience in a fast-paced manufacturing setting
  • Master's degree in an engineering discipline


  • Must be willing to work long hours and weekends as needed
  • Ability to travel to remote sites in Texas, Florida, and Central California as needed
  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg


  • 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.

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