Test specialists work closely with the SpaceX Dragon Ground Operations engineering department in the design and development of electrical, and fluid ground support equipment. As well as developing test fixtures, equipment, and executing test operations that prepare Dragon spacecraft for flight readiness. 


  • Assists in the design and fabrication of fluid and electrical ground support equipment, test fixtures, and test stands.
  • Ensure all test stand related equipment, systems, and preventative maintenance are performed on time, safely, and in a professional manner to ensure equipment is always in an operational state.
  • Fuel spacecraft fluid systems using NASA regulated PPE.
  • Clean and verify GSE test components using particulate and NVR verification.
  • Independently troubleshoot, and repair electrical and fluid ground service equipment as needed.
  • Fabricates instrumentation and wire harnesses for ground support equipment and spaceflight harnesses that connect to test articles.
  • Communicates and works with engineers to develop and document test procedures.
  • Understand and operate user interface systems as well as data acquisition systems.
  • Identify 5s projects and safety improvement needs to ensure a lean and safe facility.
  • Maintain inventories of GSE consumables.
  • Develop novel ways site wide to streamline processes and increase the reliability of testing operations.
  • Operate heavy industrial equipment such as fork lifts and high bay cranes.


  • High school diploma.
  • 3+ years of experience working in a hands-on technical position OR Associate’s degree in instrumentation, control technology, pressure systems, or electrical systems
  • 1+ years of experience working with pressure systems, including build, operation, or testing.
  • 1+ years of experience performing electronic testing and inspection using portable measuring devices (multimeters, etc.)


  • Experience with test operations procedures including fluid load systems, hydro/pneumatic pressure control, and safe handling of flight parts.
  • Associates degree in a technical field.
  • A&P license.
  • Experience with ground support equipment in an aerospace industry
  • Knowledge of different fittings such as NPT, Swagelok, A/N and medium pressure.
  • Ability to read fluid and electro-mechanical schematics to accomplish checkouts.
  • Ability to troubleshoot programs and systems and determine root causes and implement fixes.
  • Ability to install and use test instrumentation sensors, including: strain gages, deflection gages, pressure transducers, load cells, thermocouples, RTDs, accelerometers, and analog circuitry.
  • Ability to fabricate and repair cable harnesses including: soldering, crimping, assembling connectors.
  • Strong computer skillset, including Microsoft Office navigation and file manipulation.
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience using borescopes and other inspection tools such as calipers and micrometers.
  • Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment.
  • Ability to solve complex problems with minimal supervision on tight schedules.
  • Ability to take project goals inputs and works towards that end-goal beyond individual task assignment.
  • Knowledge of vacuum systems and pumps.
  • Ability to read, and understand operating system schematics and drawings.
  • Knowledge of hazardous systems and PPE requirements.
  • Knowledge of high pressure system design and handling.
  • Experience using test instrumentation and control components.
  • ISO 8 cleanroom experience.
  • Strong team ethic, positive attitude and excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Experience with precision cleaning and NVR/Particle verification.
  • Must be a self-starter as well as work well in a team environment.


  • Ability to work at elevated heights occasionally (scissor lifts and articulated boom lifts).
  • Physical effort including standing, lifting, and carrying equipment up to 30 lbs unassisted.
  • Ability to work in outdoor environments as needed.
  • Must be available to work extended hours and some weekends.
  • Must be able to work in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise.
  • Able to work nightshift.


  • 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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