SpaceX is hiring a

Test Specialist

Hawthorne, United States

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.


Test Specialist



  • Join our Development Test group and support the development of our Dragon spacecraft and Falcon launch vehicles. Development Test Operations is a fast paced R&D focused group that supports testing of the latest vehicle and spacecraft designs. Test Specialists work closely with the engineering department to support test operations on development test stands and test fixtures.  Test Specialists are responsible for designing, laying-out, building, testing, troubleshooting, repairing, and modifying a wide variety of mechanical, instrumentation, data acquisition, and testing hardware.  



  • Assists in the design and fabrication of test fixtures and test setups and test stands (both small and large tests)
  • Independently fabricates instrumentation and wire harnesses for ground support electro-mechanical test equipment and spaceflight harnesses that connect to test articles
  • Perform tests with engineers according to test procedures. Provides data and preliminary test results
  • Communicates and works with engineers to develop and document test procedures


Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience working in a hands-on technical position OR Associate’s Degree in Instrumentation, Control Technology, Electrical Systems, or related field
  • Minimum 1 years of experience performing electronic testing and inspection using portable measuring devices (Multimeters, etc.)


Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in research & development or other fast-paced technical environment
  • Experience with test operations procedures including hydraulic load control, hydro/pneumatic pressure control, and safe handling of flight parts
  • Ability to read 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
  • Ability to read mechanical assembly drawings and blue prints
  • Strong computer skillset, including Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Power Point, Outlook), navigation and file manipulation
  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
  • 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


Additional Requirements:

  • 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
  • Willing to travel for short trips as needed, up to 5% travel



  • 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.


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