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VEHICLE ENGINEERING CERTIFICATION ENGINEER

The Government Mission Management Team at SpaceX is charged with leading the successful execution of our partnership and contractual agreements with the US government to certify and complete the non-recurring design validation of the Falcon family of launch vehicles. Our work enables SpaceX to be the premier domestic provider of National Security Space missions.

In this position, you’ll be responsible for demonstrating to the government that our launch vehicles are able to meet all of their challenging requirements. You’ll serve as the main interface between the SpaceX technical teams and our external stakeholders, ensuring our designs, test plans, and qualification campaigns result in launch systems that our government is comfortable with launching their most sensitive, complex and critical payloads. This position focuses on the launch vehicle’s structure, fairing, payload interface, pressure vessels, valves, and other mechanical and electro-mechanical components supporting propulsion.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Plan and execute  launch vehicle (Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, BFR)  certification tasks for U.S. government agencies (Air Force, NASA Launch Services, National Reconnaissance Office), including but not limited to:
    • Collaborate with SpaceX technical departments to prepare design, analysis, and test data packages and briefings for government representatives
    • Identify, develop handling plans, and drive to closure technical issues with designs, analysis or tests that would impact customer requirements
    • Work closely with SpaceX technical departments to develop technical rationales, mitigate technical risks, and ensure product deliveries are on schedule
    • Organize and lead program milestone reviews, technical interchange meetings, and regular working group meetings
    • Negotiate, develop, and ensure timely delivery of technical products and customer data requests
    • Coordinate certification tasks and requirements with technical teams so that they can plan their tasks appropriately to meet customer expectations and maintain schedule
    • Maintain configuration control of the certified flight configuration. Coordinate and gain approval from the government on engineering changes to that baseline
  • Derive government-driven design and test requirements for the BFR launch vehicle, working with engineering throughout the entire design process to ensure an efficient and low-risk certification process
  • Coordinate across technical disciplines to solve certification challenges with limited resources
  • Support other customer activities, mission integration, launch operations, program scheduling, and proposal efforts

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering
  • 5+ years of professional industry experience
  • Technical project management experience

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Master’s in mechanical or aerospace engineering
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience interacting with and presenting to external customers (preferably US Government)
  • Extensive technical knowledge of mechanical design, analysis, and testing of relevant aerospace systems
  • Knowledge of US Government expendable launch vehicle requirements
  • Knowledge of US Government testing standards and specifications
  • Experience in requirements development, verification and validation
  • Experience in configuration management
  • Preferred technical background and/or experience concentrating in at least one of the following areas (Structures/Statics, Pressure Vessels / Valves / Plumbing, Thermal Environments, Dynamic Environments, or Loads)
  • Experience working with and/or managing cross-functional teams
  • Highly detail oriented, diligent, and hardworking with excellent customer interface skills

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must be willing to travel to other launch sites, vendors, and customers as necessary - up to 10% travel
  • Must be able to work extended hours and weekends as needed to support critical launch and project deliverables

ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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.

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