SpaceX is hiring a

Vehicle Engineering and Integration Test Administrator

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.

Vehicle Engineering and Integration Test Administrator


  • The Vehicle Engineering and Integration Test Administrator works in conjunction with Integration and Test engineers to perform pneumatics and avionics checkouts for the 1st Stage of the Falcon 9 rocket. The battery of tests conducted, certifies the rocket is integrated properly and are the initial gating items to a successful test and launch campaign.  This position requires working directly with flight hardware to verify integrity and produce a quality launch vehicle at a high rate.


  • Manages Testing Schedule and Equipment across all areas of responsibility
  • Assists in the design and fabrication of test fixtures and test setups
  • Develops and documents Test Procedures with Test Engineers and Test Technicians
  • Subject matter expert on test equipment and test execution
  • Train all personnel involved in testing on how to setup and conduct tests
  • Maintains test hardware to ensure test-readiness to include calibrated components and equipment checkouts
  • Conducts and Supervises tests with engineers and technicians according to test procedures
  • Provides preliminary data and test results
  • Provides training for area supervisors to ensure that all requirements for testing are met and continues to monitor overall area test readiness.
  • Facilitates manufacturing, materials purchasing, assists in design, and manages all 1st Issue required Test Equipment for all responsible areas
  • Conducts GSE audits developing potential shortfalls with maintenance schedules and evolutional testing.
  • Conducts pressurized tests to verify the functionality and integrity of various Stage 1 propulsion and electrical systems at both the subsystem and vehicle integration level
  • Composes test plans and procedures related to test readiness and testing
  • Interface with Production engineers and technicians to develop procedures & policies to hand off test responsibilities to production entities.
  • Manage work orders and issue tickets into actionable items and system improvements
  • Analyze test data and develop appropriate interpretation strategy for remote acceptance

Basic Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED required
  • 5+ years of experience operating and testing avionics, hydraulic, and/or pneumatic systems
  • Experience with aircraft, spacecraft, rocketry or similar integration and test operations
  • Experience managing inventories of equipment and tools

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience working in a fast-paced environment where complex operations must be performed in a time critical fashion with high quality
  • Knowledge of and experience with hydraulic and pneumatic actuators, valves, regulators and other pressurized components
  • Experience running tests with LabView
  • Experience designing schematics using Visio (Or other similar products)
  • Experience with avionics or electrical systems
  • Leadership and experience, specifically managing small teams of technicians
  • Airframe and Powerplant license
  • Experience with Spacecraft integration, test or launch operations
  • Technical degree from an accredited college or university
  • Soldering experience with Gold, Copper, Zinc, and Aluminum
  • Experience with proper ESD reduction practices
  • Experience as a Safety Supervisor or Site Manager
  • Experience with Stainless Steel and Titanium Tube Bending
  • Knowledge of production efficiency dealing with quality standards and practices
  • Must have significant amount of experience in conducting procedures from a manual or publication

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to travel to different sites, as needed. Up to 5% travel.
  • Must be able to work all shifts and available for overtime and weekends as needed
  • Must be able to lift up to 50lbs unassisted
  • Must be able to perform functions with great dexterity
  • Must be able to stand for extended periods of time
  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl and maneuver in tight spaces
  • Comfortable working complex operations in some high stress environments with delicate hardware and on a strict schedule
  • Comfortable working in confined spaces
  • High functioning communication skills
  • The ability to adopt and generate new skills as test procedures change and areas of responsibility grow
  • Must be able to practice observing Cleanroom protocols and operational procedures

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.