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Launch Engineer, Payload Integration (Cape Canaveral)

Cape Canaveral, 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.

Launch Engineer, Payload Integration (Cape Canaveral)  


  • Develop and execute procedures for the checkout and integration of launch flight hardware, customer spacecraft and ground support equipment.
  • Lead launch vehicle and payload processing activities.
  • Help develop, build and maintain vehicle & spacecraft payload processing facilities.
  • Closely collaborate with engineering staff from other departments and highly skilled technicians on a daily basis.
  • You must be a self-starter that will seek out the solutions to technical problems with the local team along with the larger SpaceX workforce. Expect interactions with all departments and aspects of the rocket design.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Science degree in mechanical engineering, physics, aerospace engineering, or other closely related technical field.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience with complex, multi-disciplinary system assemblies. Past work experience, internships, team/personal projects with aerospace vehicles/payloads, automotive, aircraft, marine assemblies qualify.
  • Experience with hypergols highly preferred.
  • Strong background with hazardous chemical/material handling a plus.
  • Must work well in a team environment.
  • Must be detail oriented.
  • Ability to perform work expectations and thrive in a high-stress environment.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and accurately with a wide range of people.
  • Ability to successfully complete a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI)
  • Experience in writing test plans and test procedures.
  • Proficiency in or hands-on experience with one or more of the following:  launch vehicle or spacecraft integration; operations in 100,000 class or better clean rooms; test operations with gases/fluids; data acquisition setup and field measurements.
  • Physical requirements:  Overall mental fitness; the ability to work in a high-concentration, high-stress environment; good response to challenges posed by short deadlines; prolonged mental concentration (under possible extended work hours).
  • Acute attention to detail.
  • Problem solving and critical thinking skills.
  • A positive, upbeat attitude.

Additional Requirements:

  • General physical fitness is required, flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required.
  • Willingness to work outdoors.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Physical effort including standing, lifting and carrying moderately heavy materials or equipment (15 to 50 lbs.).
  • Typically 50 hour work weeks, schedule varies depending on site operational needs, flexibility required.
  • Overtime is frequently required for particular tasks or launch campaigns.
  • Must pass Cape Canaveral Air Force background check.

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.

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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