SpaceX is hiring a

Sr. Operations Engineer, Marine Operations

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.



  • Ensure the readiness and safe operation of SpaceX’s support vessel fleet; oversee audit, manifest scheduling, financial planning, and other metrics related to business performance
  • Contribute to credentialing and regulatory inspection programs related to maintenance planning and operational scheduling
  • Coordinate repair and maintenance schedules related to Annual Operating Plan and manifest requirements
  • Manage financial performance related to vessel maintenance and readiness
  • Identify opportunities and collaborate across SpaceX to maximize integration and performance of the marine operations team
  • Manage contractor, spare parts and Purchase Order audits to ensure invoices match expected costs and work performed
  • Support periodic off-site repair or nominal maintenance of vessels such as periodic dry docking
  • Coordinate and refine Request for Proposal and maintenance contracting processes in collaboration with internal stakeholders
  • Provide on-mission support at sea when necessary for audits, training, and operational metrics
  • Ensure vessels and mariners and programs remain compliant to regulatory bodies including the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
  • Work with other recovery sub-teams to maximize overall mission success pertinent to SpaceX’s goals of recovery, reusability, and ultimate goal of making humans multi-planetary
  • Provide tactical support to Operations Manager and Senior Marine Operations Manager
  • Provide objective data with analysis of headcount utilization across the Marine Operations organization and work with Operations Manager and/or Marine Operations Senior Manager / Director
  • Provide payroll support across Marine Operations organization and seek ways to optimize process
  • Provide supply chain support and liase with supply chain organization to ensure that materials for marine operations assets are available and maintained satisfactorily.  Provide objective data to help optimize.
  • Review vessel operations and provide optimized voyage planning for all ports, support Operations Manager and Senior Marine Operations Manager with maintaining business relationships with entities that provide effective and efficient operations for SpaceX with options to increase scope


  • Bachelor’s degree in marine engineering, marine operations, naval architecture, or maritime studies; or bachelor’s degree with 8+ years of professional experience in marine transportation
  • 5+ years of professional experience in marine operations


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or technical discipline
  • USCG master license/certification
  • Current or past merchant mariner credential (MMC) with ability to renew
  • Professional experience working within compliance and/or management of 3+ vessels
  • Experience managing class I or class L vessels
  • Support engineering with objective analysis of life cycle sustainment strategies, assisting with optimizing data gathering and analysis
  • Super-user of computer based maintenance, vessel & personnel management (HELM)
  • Make recommendations and implementation plans for optimization of HELM across organization. Support compliance engineers with objective data for optimization of:
    • Support technical project management teams and purchasing with objective evidence of
    • Support, oversee risk analysis for marine operations Support Marine Operations as needed
  • Strong demonstrated organization and communication skills


  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral
  • Position requires a Merchant Mariner credential, which includes pre-employment and random drug testing in accordance with 46 CFR 16 and 49 CFR 40
  • Overall mental fitness with the ability to work in a high-concentration, high-stress environment requiring prolonged mental concentration (under possible extended work hours)
  • 50-hour work weeks are typical, schedule varies depending on site operational needs, flexibility required


Pay range:
Operations Engineer/Senior: $125,000.00 - $175,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the 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.

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