SpaceX is hiring a

Launch Mechatronics Automation Engineer

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.

aunch Mechatronics Automation Engineer


The data and controls systems team within the launch department is responsible for engineering ground support electrical systems that control the mechanical, fluid, and electrical systems that process, integrate, launch, and recover the launch vehicle and spacecraft. The team’s core design tenants are to develop systems that are remotely operated, robustly designed to withstand single points of failure, safe, and rapid and autonomous. As part of the team, you will develop innovative solutions and processes that make launch systems more efficient, robust, and safe. You will work with a dynamic and multidisciplinary team to develop new, cutting-edge technologies that will ultimately support the launch of interplanetary space vehicles.


  • Design remotely operated motion systems for large, multi-axis mechanical fixtures
  • Select motors, actuators, and sensors based off mechanical requirements and motion planning
  • Program automated control logic to operate electrical, mechanical, and fluid systems
  • Create electrical schematics for build and troubleshooting
  • Quantitatively analyze the performance of existing electro-mechanical control systems to identify designs that fall short of meeting company goals
  • Coordinate with multiple launch engineers from different teams to implement system designs within tight timelines
  • Identify new technologies, tools, or processes that can be used to increase the performance and efficiency of launch control systems

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical or electrical engineering
  • At least two years of total experience with mechatronics experience from extracurricular activities, academic research, or professional experience

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Hands-on experience in the field installation of data acquisition and control systems
  • Familiarity with electrical test and troubleshooting tools
  • Experience with embedded control systems, high speed data acquisition systems, and pressure, motion, temperature, and strain transducers
  • Knowledge of forward/inverse kinematic modeling
  • Proficiency with LabVIEW and experience with National Instruments data acquisition products
  • Proficiency in at least one core programming language (e.g. C/C++, Visual Basic, Java, Python)
  • Experience with machine vision and automation systems
  • Experience with motion control systems
  • Experience with motor controllers, VFDs, servo drives, and process controllers
  • Experience designing and operating critical/hazardous systems
  • Experience in designing proof load tests for mechanical systems

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be willing to travel as needed
  • Must pass Cape Canaveral Air Force Station and Vandenberg Air Force Base background checks

ITAR Requirements:

  • 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.

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