SpaceX is hiring a

Build Specialist - Avionics Test

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.

Avionics Test Build Specialist 


  • Want to drive innovation…all the way to Mars? As a Development Build Engineer in Avionics, you will have a unique opportunity to be the bridge between Design and Production; equally anchored in both disciplines with the ability to spearhead change at the inception of product development, through production.
  • You will be expected to define new processes, design fixtures/tools, and build Production aids to optimize the build flow. You will put your engineering knowledge to the test, by performing real-time troubleshooting. Our fundamental goal is to allow humanity to explore the stars; with it comes extreme responsibility to ensure the safety of the crew and payload. Are you up for the challenge? 


  • Create comprehensive engineering documentation and assembly level work instructions necessary for the transition from prototype to production including both written and visual work instructions.
  • Design and produce engineering drawings for tooling and test fixture hardware not limited to schematics, diagrams, solid models, and written descriptions.
  • Perform a hands-on engineering and liaison role between design engineering and our production organization as SpaceX moves new designs from concept, through prototype, and into production.
  • Troubleshoot and disposition fabrication issues on prototype and production assemblies on an aggressive production schedule.
  • Update designs when necessary in response to manufacturing issues, parts obsolescence, and system requirement change
  • Provide oversight, design direction, and flow-down requirements to external vendors
  • Partner with Engineering & Production teams to generate ideas, designs, and improvements for a range of single- and multiple- unit production efforts
  • Participate in design reviews to improve design for manufacturability, procurement cost, and quality control.
  • Manage builds of complex test systems amongst internal and external vendor resources to meet R&D and production schedules.
  • Assists in the design, construction, test and check‑out of test equipment
  • Develop and debug software automation and analysis tools

Basic Qualifications:

  • 2 year technical degree (Associate of Science (AS), Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS)
  • At least 2 years of experience working in a fast-paced development environment

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelors of Science in electrical, mechanical, manufacturing, or aerospace engineering
  • Creative problem solver that can bring multiple disciplines together.
  • Hands-on engineer with a passion for continuous improvement and building the best hardware
  • Capable of solving complex problems with little to no supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Self-motivated with strong multi-tasking, organizational, communication and documentation skills.
  • Competence with electrical test equipment (multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supplies, etc.).
  • Experience with 3D CAD software (Unigraphics, Solidworks or similar).
  • Demonstrated professional experience providing engineering and manufacturing support for the production of highly complex electronic products; Experience transitioning products from design to manufacturing as part of a cross-functional team
  • Experience in fast-paced iterative design environments within the consumer electronics, mobile handset, medical devices, aerospace or automotive industries
  • Experience as a technical project lead is preferred

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed.

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.

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.