👷 Dragon Mechanical Engineer

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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.


A Dragon Mechanical Engineer is responsible for the continued development of critical components and the overall structural design of the most advanced manned spacecraft in the world. This capsule currently delivers cargo and crew safely to and from International Space Station, but further iterations and new designs will likely be necessary to extend humankind's reach to the moon, Mars, and beyond.  


  • Own the design and development of mechanical spacecraft systems
  • Perform analysis on designs including hand calculations, FEA, and CAD in a rapidly changing environment
  • Lead design reviews internally and externally with suppliers and customers
  • Be responsible for project delivery timeline from early design through production, launch, and recovery
  • Exemplify technical excellence and be accountable for your work


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, or physics
  • 1+ years experience with CAD and FEA software packages (internship and extracurricular experience is applicable)
  • 1+ years of hands on experience driving the design and development of mechanical components or systems (internship and project team experience is applicable)


  • Leadership experience on an engineering or project team
  • Experience designing components on a high-performance vehicle
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication with an emphasis on interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Strong ability to use data and analysis to make fast data driven decisions
  • Willingness and desire to exemplify extreme ownership of flight critical spacecraft systems
  • Proactive problem-solving skills such as failure analysis, root cause investigation, and DOE creation
  • Prior experience in a fast-paced manufacturing setting
  • Master's degree in an engineering discipline


  • Must be willing to work long hours and weekends as needed
  • Ability to travel to remote sites in Texas, Florida, and Central California as needed
  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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 the ITAR here 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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United States, Hawthorne, CA

Posted 3d ago