Careers at SpaceX

Mission

SpaceX’s mission is to push past mankind's current difficulties with space travel by lowering the costs and commercializing the process.

History

Entrepreneur and PayPal co-founder Elon Musk believed that humans should be actively exploring space – with the ultimate goal of enabling life on Mars and other planets. In 2001, in an effort to regain public interest in space, he came up with the idea for a project called “Mars Oasis”, in which a miniature greenhouse would be placed on Mars in order to study plant growth. However, he realized that such an initiative would be too expensive for NASA and that an inexpensive rocket was needed.

In 2002 Musk made a trip to Moscow to buy refurbished intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) that could transport the greenhouse. He met with manufacturer Kosmotras, which offered one rocket for $8 million. Musk felt this was too costly and returned to the U.S. On the trip back he reasoned that he could just start a rocket company himself. Performing some calculations, he determined that the raw materials for such a product represented only 3% of a rocket’s sale price.

Invigorated, Musk founded Space Exploration Technologies Corporation – better known as SpaceX. His goal was to create an inexpensive, reusable rocket that could make multiple space trips. He recruited rocket engineer Tom Mueller to work with him. They spent the next few years developing the product, called the Falcon 1 -- a reference to the Millennium Falcon in the movie “Star Wars”. The process was funded by a combination of investor funds and $100 million of his money.

In 2008, after three previous tries, the Falcon 1 went into orbit around the Earth -- becoming the first privately-funded, liquid-fueled rocket to accomplish this task. SpaceX began making the rocket available for commercial purposes, and in 2009 it carried its first successful payload, RazakSAT, into orbit. Falcon 1 was then retired in favor of Falcon 9, a new model. In 2010, Falcon 9 became the first private spacecraft to go into orbit and be successfully recovered. The firm was doing very well.

SpaceX has since built two more rockets, the Falcon Heavy and the Dragon, with both achieving milestones. The Dragon has delivered cargo to and from the International Space Station numerous times for NASA. Under a $1.6 billion contract with the agency, SpaceX will oversee at least 12 cargo resupply missions in the next few years. The company can now boast more than 70 planned launches on its manifest, representing more than $10 billion in contracts with NASA and private firms.

Business model of SpaceX

Customer Segments

SpaceX has a niche market model, with a specialized customer segment. The company markets its offerings to public and private organizations that want to transport items to space. Its projects have included commercial satellite launch, space station resupply, and government national security missions. Specific clients have included OrbComm, the U.S. Air Force, and MDA Corporation.

Value Proposition

SpaceX offers three primary value propositions: accessibility, performance, and brand/status.

The company has created accessibility by enabling travel to space for relatively inexpensive means. This has provided transport opportunities for many organizations seeking exploration.

The company has demonstrated strong performance. It has achieved numerous milestones, including the following:

  • Having the first privately-funded, liquid-fueled rocket to reach orbit around Earth
  • Being the first private company to successfully launch, orbit, and recover a spacecraft
  • Being the first private firm to send a spacecraft to the International Space Station
  • Being the first private firm to send a satellite into geosynchronous orbit
  • Overseeing the first landing of a first stage orbital capable rocket
  • Overseeing the first water landing of a first stage orbital capable rocket

The company has built a strong brand. As the first private company to actively explore space travel, it is well-established and well-known. It has gained further prominence through its association with Elon Musk, a high-profile entrepreneur who co-founded PayPal and founded Tesla.

Channels

SpaceX’s main channel is its business development team, through which it acquires most customers. The company promotes its offering on its website and through its social media pages.

Customer Relationships

SpaceX’s customer relationship is primarily of a dedicated personal assistance nature. The company works closely with clients as it oversees the launch, orbiting, and recovery of spacecraft.

Key Activities

SpaceX’s business model entails designing, manufacturing, and launching rockets and satellites.

Key Partners

SpaceX’s key partners are the suppliers who provide the parts for it to manufacture its spacecraft. The company has more than 3,000 of these partners, with 1,100 of them making weekly deliveries.

Key Resources

SpaceX’s main resource is its technology staff, which includes software, hardware, structural, and propulsion engineering employees. These employees work in its rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas; rocket testing facilities in Texas and New Mexico; launch facilities at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Kennedy Space Center; satellite development facility in Redmond, Washington; regional offices in Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.; and headquarters in Hawthorne, California. As a startup, SpaceX has relied heavily on funding from outside parties, raising $1.25 billion from 11 investors as of January 2015.

Cost Structure

SpaceX has a value-driven structure, aiming to provide a premium proposition through significant personal service and frequent product enhancements. Its biggest cost driver is likely cost of goods, a variable cost. Other major drivers are in the areas of research/development and sales/marketing, also fixed costs.

Revenue Streams

SpaceX has one revenue stream: sales of the rockets, satellites, and merchandise it manufactures. The Falcon 9 rocket costs $62 million. The Falcon Heavy rocket costs $90 million. Pricing for the Dragon rocket is not currently available. The company’s website includes a store where it sells SpaceX-branded T-shirts, outerwear and accessories with a wide range of prices.

Our team

Elon Musk,
Founder, CTO, and CEO

info: Elon earned Bachelor’s degrees in Physics and Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He is the Chairman of electric car company Tesla and solar panel firm SolarCity, and previously co-founded and served as an executive at Internet firms PayPal and Zip2.

Ken Venner,
Chief Information Officer

info: Ken earned a Bachelor of Engineering at the Stevens Institute of Technology, a Master of Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and an MBA from New Hampshire College. He previously acted as CIO of Broadcom and Rockwell Electronic Commerce.

Bret Johnsen,
Chief Financial Officer

info: Bret earned a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Southern California and an M.S. in Finance from San Diego State University. He previously served as VP, Corporate Controller, and Principal Accounting Officer of Broadcom and CFO of Mindspeed.

Gwynne Shotwell,
President and COO

info: Gwynne earned Bachelor's and Master's degrees n Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from Northwestern University. She previously served as VP of Business Development at SpaceX and as a Chief Engineer at Aerospace Corporation.

Jobs at SpaceX

Supply Chain Reliability Engineer, Machining
Hawthorne, California, United States
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Description: 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.SUPPLY CHAIN RELIABILITY ENGINEER MACHININGThe supply chain team is responsible for the sourcing planning procurement warehousing and transportation of all raw materials and components needed to build our revolutionary spacecraft and launch vehicles. Our mission is to get the right part in the right place at the right time every time.The supply chain reliability engineering team is chartered with global quality surveillance of the supply base reducing supply chain risk through external evaluations and internal risk reviews leading failure investigations and proactively driving source qualification activities.As a supply chain reliability engineer you manage and lead cross functional risk activities to meet technical production and regulatory requirements at the point of qualification and throughout the supplier’s lifecycle. You would perform source qualification events and approve new capabilities at suppliers. You would be responsible for monitoring for known and unknown supplier flight risk and driving failure investigations to resolve issues immediately and effectively. As supplier surveillance activities deal with suppliers that support all areas of SpaceX you would build an extensive network within materials and processing build reliability production supply chain management and a deep understanding of SpaceX systems and processes. This experience would enable you to become a critical voice in the development of group and company strategy.To be successful you will need:A deep technical and practical knowledge of manufacturing processes and standardsThe capability to manage projects and drive accountability within cross functional teams succinctly communicate status and needed action often urgently to all levels of the organizationA willingness to roll up your sleeves and step into chaotic situations using technical knowledge and quality background to understand the current state and most optimal path forwardThe ability to analyze for and identify suboptimal supplier and internal system process gaps and drive improvement through data driven decisionsThe ability to conduct formal and informal supplier evaluations corrective actions and process reviewsAbility to engage counterparts across the organization and develop/build trust in order to effectively execute large scale initiativesAn ability to acquire new technical knowledge particularly around how purchased components and assemblies integrate into the rocket and spacecraftRESPONSIBILITIES: Work with engineering production experts from other teams and departments to drive changes that make the system more reliable more manufacturable and more efficientChallenge assumptions and build strong professional relationshipsInvestigate failures in production test and flight identifying and mitigating the immediate and underlying root causes in order to quantify/reduce risk and improve reliability of designs and processesManage containments and potential improvements in order to improve efficiency of screening quarantine and closuresIdentify opportunities for risk reduction and removal of complexity in designs and processes to improve manufacturability collaborating with integrated product teams to drive improvements and address high-impact and repeating non-conformancesImprove upon existing quality management systems to support current launch manifestMonitor and assess supplier capabilities for unknown flight risk and work to resolve issues Assess changes in supplier processes and asses for cross-functional impactsRun risk review activities including performing and organizing data reviews and executing mitigation plansReview acceptance and qualification of new capabilities at suppliers. Ensure reliability and maintainability of modified capabilities through a risk-based re-qualification programMaintain holistic supply chain capabilities knowledge and work with cross-functional teams to drive improved verification and changes for improved reliabilityPartner with design test and manufacturing through product development and production to ensure the reliability of machined partsResponsible for tracking yield test/inspection escapes and ensuring past failures and lessons learned are incorporated into NPIUtilize schematics test equipment inspection processes etc. to perform structured electrical root cause analysis of failures identified during the development and production processes to inform design/manufacturing changesBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline2+ years of experience working with machined components in a manufacturing environment or process engineering rolePREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:Master’s degree in an engineering disciplineKnowledge and mastery of principles of chemistry engineering fluid dynamics and mechanics of materialsFamiliarity with mechanical testing and properties of materialsExperience with machining and ancillary operations such as milling turning and tube cutting of materialsAbility to quickly grasp knowledge of a diverse range of supplier capabilitiesPractical experience in requirement and specification developmentCapable of seeking and solving complex problem and organizing it in a manner that helps decision-makingDemonstrated experience in leading or working on a multi-disciplinary engineering problemKnowledge of quality tools such as Lean principles Six Sigma root cause analysis and corrective action advanced product quality planning (APQP) metrology process failure mode and effects analysis (PFMEA) control plans and various problem-solving approachesExperience with high volume manufacturing (i.e. small or large machined components hardware COTS fittings etc.)Knowledge of supplier quality processes (production part approval process advanced product quality planning first article inspection reports etc.)Experience with quality systems (ISO 9000/TS/AS9100/NADCAP)Disciplined approach to problem solving - 8DStrong written and verbal communication skills ability to make presentations to suppliers team members and managementADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Must be able to work long hours and some nights and/or weekends when neededMust be able to travel - up to 25-50% work week travel may be required including international travelValid driver’s licenseITAR REQUIREMENTS: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.  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. Supply Chain Management Strategy Management Management Technology Testing
Support Technician (Starship) - Temporary
Brownsville, Texas, United States
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with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.SUPPORT TECHNICIAN (STARSHIP) – TEMPORARY POSITIONRESPONSIBILITIES: Work with management engineers leads welders fabrication and maintenance personnel along with contractors to setup areas conducting hot work/ Confined space entry to ensure the safety of facility equipment and personnelMonitor and observe hot work/confined space entry as it is being conducted and afterwards to identify and recognize hazardous conditions as early as possible and mitigate the hazards and conditions in accordance with incident management best practices and SpaceX policiesRecognize hazards and initiate protective action. If necessary ensure the evacuation of all personnel in the event of a fireCheck in-out daily equipment and tools to all site membersKeeping all non-essential personnel clear of all areas conducting hot workWork with Environmental Health and Safety in conducting SpaceX Hot Work/Confined Space ProcedureUnderstand and operate fire alarms suppression systems and operate the various type of fire extinguishersPOSITION DETAILS:This is a temporary position with SpaceX for the length of time as stated and is subject to change with minimal notice as business needs dictate.LENGTH OF POSITION: 3 monthsLOCATION: Brownsville TXSHIFT: Day shift and night shift; Alternate work schedule 4 days and 3 days off then 3 days on and 4 days offBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:High school diploma or equivalency certificateExperience supporting operations in a production manufacturing or construction environmentPREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:OSHA-certified Fire Prevention Safety Training1+ years of experience working with fire detection systemsAbility to identify and implement efficient paths of action to finish the assigned workAbility to exercise independent judgmentPrevious knowledge and/or understanding of codes rules regulations and standards of electrical and mechanical equipmentAbility to read and understand technical manuals and reportsAbility to use precision measuring instrumentsAn understanding of Hot Work generating processes including cutting grinding welding etc. and the hazards associated with these processesA basic understanding of flammable and combustible materialsADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:This position requires working up to 12 hours a day 4 days and 3 days off then 3 days on and 4 days offMust be available for overtime and weekends as the schedule varies depending on site operational needs; flexibility is requiredAbility to work multiple shifts and change shifts with minimal noticeAbility to stand for extended periods – 8 hours minimumAbility to lift heavy objects (up to 25 lbs.) unassistedLifting standing climbing bending grasping sitting pulling pushing stooping stretching and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this positionMust be able to work at elevated heights (up to 300 feet) including the use of laddersMust be able to work in confined spacesWork performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes odors and noiseTypically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat cold rainITAR REQUIREMENTS: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.  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. Starship Production & Integration Management Construction Management Technology Training
Security Officer 2
Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, United States
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with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.SECURITY OFFICER 2 Security Officers are dedicated security professionals with a demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team in a fast-paced high-tech environment. Security Officers work as a team patrolling the company’s properties via vehicle and foot and/or ensuring security at a series of fixed locations in accordance with federal state and local laws as well as company regulations.RESPONSIBILITIES: Maintain proficiency/awareness of static guard post dutiesPlan and conduct advanced security training for all security officersConduct advanced research and analysis in support of SpaceX security missionsConduct and review risk assessments of critical SpaceX facilitiesRespond to emergency situations and provide on-scene leadership to othersPlan and coordinate domestic flight hardware transportation operationsLearn advanced skillsets including but not limited to: EMT investigations surveillance VIP escort security hardwareFunction as liaison with law enforcement community leaders and key stakeholders in space industryBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:High school diploma or equivalency certificate4+ years of experience in the military law enforcement overseas security contracting or advanced corporate security or 1+ years on the SpaceX Security Team as a Security Officer 1PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:Bachelor’s degreeMilitary deployment and/or counterinsurgency experienceAptitude for critical incident handlingCPR/First Aid for the Professional Rescuer or BLS for the Healthcare ProviderComputer based proficiency with Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office including Word Excel PowerPoint and OutlookExtensive team-oriented experienceSmall unit leadership experienceAn intense interest in protecting the future of spaceflightForeign language proficiencyShown ability to work as a teamDemonstrated aptitude to lead a small unitImpeccable character and integrityExcellent oral and written communication skillsAbility to de-escalate disputes and/or conflict(s)ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and VandenbergAvailability to work any schedule needed to include; nights weekends and rotatingPosition is subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testingAbility and willingness to occasionally stand in a static position for extended periodsAble to wear approximately 20-30lbs of gear throughout a 12-hour shiftWillingness to travel up to 15% of time in support of SpaceX Security requirements should the need ariseValid driver’s licensePossess or be eligible for a valid state security officer licenseAbility to effectively execute duties in extreme outdoor environments – heat cold rainITAR REQUIREMENTS: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.  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. Security Leadership Technology Testing Training
Sr. Software Engineer (Satellites)
Hawthorne, California, United States
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Description: 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.SR. SOFTWARE ENGINEER (SATELLITES)SpaceX’s satellite programs are pushing the boundaries of in-space capabilities. Our missions support scientific research classified national security space and commercial opportunities. Software engineering and innovation is at the core of these programs. The satellite software team is building highly reliable in-space mesh networks designing secure systems to guarantee access to space designing next-gen communication and sensing software and more. Aerospace experience is not required to be successful here - we want our engineers to bring fresh ideas from all areas. We look for engineers who love solving problems and seek to make an impact on an inspiring mission. As we expand this team we're looking for versatile motivated and collaborative engineers. Our team is involved in designing the vehicle systems at every phase of development. We build tools that enable us to work more efficiently and that help us build software systems that are secure reliable and autonomous. Our software engineers are responsible for the life cycle of the software they create including development testing and operational support.  RESPONSIBILITIES: Create highly reliable software systems that control hundreds of satellites in low earth orbitLeverage software design to improve satellite constellation performance security and availability to meet the needs of a wide range of usersSee your software through from start to finish: from figuring out the core needs to prototyping developing and testing; to on-orbit rollout and beyondWork with interdisciplinary teams to brainstorm design and build the next generation of satellite capabilities from cutting-edge sensors and inter-satellite lasers to space-based cloud computeThere are several roles within the satellite software team with different focus areas. Applicants will interview for specific focus areas based on hiring needs and qualifications. Specific role responsibilities may include: Writing high quality Linux-based C++ software for common processors and micro controllers (e.g. ARM PowerPC x86 etc.) Implementing networking technologies to direct data across a variety of satellites ground operations centers and users Building automated ground-based software systems that integrate smart data processing with command and control of the satellitesDeveloping models and simulations for flight-like vehicle software testing network performance analysis or research & development projectsDeveloping tools that allow for test execution across multiple environments: virtualized hardware real hardware-in-the-loop and even vehicle-in-the-loop testing Inventing new systems that enable more frequent and reliable software deployment test execution and data analysis as part of a continuous integration and release system  BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor's degree in computer science engineering math or STEM discipline AND 4+ years of experience in software development; OR 6+ years experience in software development without a degree 2+ years development experience in C C++ or PythonPREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE: Developed and deployed software that has been used real-world applications and projects Solid fundamental knowledge of computer architecture and networks Strong skills in debugging performance optimization and unit testing Ability to work effectively and creatively in a dynamic environment with changing needs and requirements Ability to work independently and in a team take initiative and communicate effectively Some preferred skills and experience depend on the specific team within flight software and may include: Experience with networking protocols (TCP UDP etc) Experience developing in the Linux kernel Experience in C++ for high performance systems Experience with image data processing and machine learning Strong background in math and physics ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Note that an active clearance may provide the opportunity for you to work on sensitive SpaceX missions; if so you will be subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testingMust be willing to work extended hours and weekends as neededITAR REQUIREMENTS: 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.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. Starshield Innovation Technology Testing Python Linux
Toolmaker
Hawthorne, California, United States
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with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.TOOLMAKERWork as part of a team of elite individuals building and improving the mechanical systems at our rocket launch facilities. Be there on the ground floor getting your hands dirty and contributing directly to the success of future launches.RESPONSIBILITIES: Interpret blueprints at all assembly levels and apply welding blueprint knowledge to the fabrication processApply creative solutions through the use of our growing fleet of field machining equipmentEnsure operations can be performed safely while meeting SpaceX quality standardsTranslate metrology data from inspection reports to final machined surfacesPerform spur of the moment design and machining to solve unpredictable field problemsMaintain an orderly environment that retains maximum utility for all team membersCreatively fabricate support equipment ranging from shelves to temporary machine structures to maintenance weld repair/buildupApply an in-depth knowledge of rigging large heavy and imbalanced components using overhead cranes gantries mobile cranes and other lifting devicesMaintain all components in optimal condition during the assembly and disassembly processBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:2+ years of professional experience with metrology (e.g. performing inspections using CMMs portable arms optics or laser trackers) or machining (e.g. completing simple components from blueprints creating blueprints operating knee mills and gear lathes using inspection tools)PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:Associate degree in metrology or machiningCompletion of an accredited apprenticeship programExperience with weld fabrication and able to pass a welding skills test for cutting fitting stick TiG and MiG on semi exotic materialsExperience with millwright operationsUnderstanding of the manufacturing process of large structures from concept to completionAbility to visualize 3D space and integrate complex geometries on to both large and small fabricationsAbility to manually inspect components using conventional inspection tools such as micrometers calipers indicators and height gaugesAbility to apply GD&T with discretion relative to the assembly’s functionAbility to use and learn a variety of software to observe analyze evaluate and communicate pertinent informationDemonstrated leadership and dependabilityAbility to adapt to an extremely dynamic work environment while maintaining a positive attitudeAbility to find solutions to problems through diverse thinking while utilizing a varied experienceAbility to maintain the highest level of safety on the jobsite and bring new ideas of how to continue to work safely and effectively in new locations and changing environmentsADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Willing to travel extensively to our launch sites in Florida California and TexasAvailable to work all required shift hours and be available to work overtime and weekends as neededAbility to lift 20-30 lbs standing climbing bending grasping sitting pulling pushing stooping stretching and carrying may be required to perform the functions of this positionAbility to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and VandenbergBENEFITS:Opportunities to receive SpaceX stockSubsidized health dental and vision insurance for you and your dependentsOnsite medical and dental clinicAbility to accrue up to 3 weeks of paid vacation and 1 week of paid sick leavePaid holidaysSubsidized breakfast lunch and dinner with free soda and frozen ice cream/yogurtOnsite baristas and cold brew on tap – free!ITAR REQUIREMENTS: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.  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. Production Leadership Technology
Software Engineer, Data (Satellites & Payloads)
Hawthorne, California, United States
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Description: 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.  DATA ENGINEER (SATELLITES AND PAYLOADS)  The spacecraft engineering team is hiring for R&D satellite programs that are pushing the boundaries of in-space capabilities. Our missions support scientific research national security spaces and commercial opportunities. Software engineering and innovation is at the core of these programs. SpaceX is looking for a Data Engineer to drive data analysis and data fusion efforts with the goal of optimizing system operations at constellation-level scales. You will set best practices for how to use our data to direct developer efforts and combine multiple sources of information flows to make automated efficient system decisions. The tools you build will be used to create satellite constellation on-orbit and planning capabilities. Our team is involved in designing the vehicle systems and their support services at every phase of development. We build tools that enable us to work more efficiently and that help us build and deploy systems that are secure reliable and autonomous. Our engineers are responsible for the life cycle of the systems they create including design trades development testing and operational support. RESPONSIBILITIES: See your software through from start to finish: from figuring out the core needs to prototyping developing and testing; to deployment and beyond  Building automated ground-based software systems that integrate smart data processing with command and control of the satellites  Apply data analytics models and techniques to data products created by space vehicles Create catalogs of data and tools that can be used by you and other teams to perform analytics Define and create methods and datasets for fusion from multiple sources to create usable information and metrics Bring machine learning into our toolkit: ML models to optimize constellation-level management and planning operations BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:  Bachelor’s degree in computer science data science physics mathematics or a STEM discipline  2+ years of professional or educational/intern experience in analytics data science or data engineering Development experience with C++ and SQL Development and scripting experience with Python Spark or RPREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:  Experience building predictive models and machine learning pipelines (clustering analysis prediction anomaly detection)  Experience in developing analysis techniques for data fusion or sensor fusion applications Experience working with in-stream data processing of structured and semi-structured data  Experience with relational and non-relational databases data lakes e.g. HBase Hive Delta Lake PostgreSQL CockroachDB or similar Experience in custom ETL design implementation and maintenance  Experience with schema design and dimensional data modeling  Experience working in a Linux environment and open source tools  Experience handling large (TB+) datasets  Active US security clearance or ability to obtain one Demonstrated ability to own projects from start to completion  Strong attention to detail ITAR REQUIREMENTS: 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.  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. Starshield Management Innovation Management Technology Testing Analytics Python Linux PostgreSQL
Security Officer 2
Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States
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with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.SECURITY OFFICER 2Security Officers are dedicated security professionals with a demonstrated ability to work independently and as a member of a team in a fast-paced high-tech environment. Security Officers work as a team patrolling the company’s properties via vehicle and foot and/or ensuring security at a series of fixed locations in accordance with federal state and local laws as well as company regulations.RESPONSIBILITIES: Maintain proficiency/awareness of static guard post dutiesPlan and conduct advanced security training for all security officersConduct advanced research and analysis in support of SpaceX security missionsConduct and review risk assessments of critical SpaceX facilitiesRespond to emergency situations and provide on-scene leadership to othersPlan and coordinate domestic flight hardware transportation operationsLearn advanced skillsets including but not limited to: EMT investigations surveillance VIP escort security hardwareFunction as liaison with law enforcement community leaders and key stakeholders in space industryBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:High school diploma or equivalency certificate4+ years of experience in the military law enforcement overseas security contracting or advanced corporate security or 1+ years on the SpaceX Security Team as a Security Officer 1PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:Bachelor’s degreeMilitary deployment and/or counterinsurgency experienceAptitude for critical incident handlingCPR/First Aid for the Professional Rescuer or BLS for the Healthcare ProviderComputer based proficiency with Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office including Word Excel PowerPoint and OutlookExtensive team-oriented experienceSmall unit leadership experienceAn intense interest in protecting the future of spaceflightForeign language proficiencyShown ability to work as a teamDemonstrated aptitude to lead a small unitImpeccable character and integrityExcellent oral and written communication skillsAbility to de-escalate disputes and/or conflict(s)ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Availability to work any schedule needed to include; nights weekends and rotatingPosition is subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testingAbility and willingness to occasionally stand in a static position for extended periodsAble to wear approximately 20-30lbs of gear throughout a 12-hour shiftWillingness to travel up to 15% of time in support of SpaceX Security requirements should the need ariseAbility to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and VandenbergValid driver’s licensePossess or be eligible for a valid state security officer licenseAbility to effectively execute duties in extreme outdoor environments – heat cold rainITAR REQUIREMENTS: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.  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. Security Leadership Technology Testing Training
Production Manager, Space Lasers (Starlink)
Redmond, Washington, United States
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Description: 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.PRODUCTION MANAGER SPACE LASERS (STARLINK)RESPONSIBILITIES: Lead and manage a staff of hourly employees to assemble and test space lasers and meet all production and development demandsEnsure a strong focus is placed on safety and achieve excellence in safety performanceFoster strong relationships with all supporting teams (design engineering automation team supply chain integration customers etc.) and build partnerships where required to achieve mutual successDevelop technical and business processes that improve the way the laser factory operates coordinating with engineering teams as requiredDevelop and execute a comprehensive asset maintenance plan which includes assurance of adequate machine maintenance schedules and back-up spares availabilityDevelop execute and track technician training to ensure all skillsets are met to perform required operations for the areaBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:Bachelor’s degree in mechanical industrial aerospace electrical manufacturing or other engineering discipline3+ years of experience working on manufacturing design and process development of optical mechanical electro-mechanical or electrical assemblies with stringent requirementsPREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:1+ years of leadership and people management experience in a production or manufacturing environmentTrack record of achieving challenging production targets in fast-paced production environmentsProject experience successfully bringing new production facilities and asserts onlineHands-on experience with optical devices engineering test equipment or technically challenging electrical or mechanical devicesAbility to effectively communicate with all levels in the organization including production technicians engineers and the executive levelAbility to adapt to ever changing work assignments in a fast-paced work environmentExperience monitoring tracking and continually improving the total cost of unit productionAbility to focus on process improvement and think strategically about future direction of the manufacturing departmentWorking proficiency with DFMEA and PFMEA methodology and implementationADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Must be willing to work extended hours and weekends if/as neededBENEFITS:Opportunities to receive SpaceX stockSubsidized health dental and vision insurance for you and your dependentsAbility to accrue up to 3 weeks of paid vacation and 1 week of paid sick leavePaid holidaysSubsidized breakfast lunch and dinner with free soda and frozen ice cream/yogurtOnsite baristas and cold brew on tap – free!ITAR REQUIREMENTS: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.  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. Starlink Engineering Management Leadership Executive Management Technology Training
Machine Maintenance Technician (Starlink)
Redmond, Washington, United States
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with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.MACHINE MAINTENANCE TECHNICIAN (STARLINK)The Machine Maintenance Technician will be involved in solving equipment and tooling problems on a daily basis in order to improve SpaceX asset availability. SpaceX doesn’t shut down production for maintenance and instead we find ways to predict failures and perform the maintenance without interrupting production. This role will require you to work directly with the engineers and other technicians who design and build unique machines to solve critical problems.RESPONSIBILITIES: Maintain and repair all assets to ensure their proper operating conditionTroubleshoot repair control devices such as PLCs HMIs CNC controlsTroubleshoot repair and overhaul of mechanical systems like pumps chillers gearboxes etc.Perform work order repairs inspections and adjustmentsProvide maintenance on various equipment: vacuum chambers thermal chambers CNC machines production automation and controls equipment tooling fixtures and other industrial machineryDrive forklifts and company vehiclesPerform other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environmentBASIC QUALIFICATIONS:High school diploma or equivalency certificate2+ years of maintenance technician experience2+ years of experience with hydraulic pneumatic mechanical and electrical repairPREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:5+ years of maintenance technician experienceExtreme troubleshooting and problem-solving skill setsMillwright skills and abilities and industrial multi-craft and mechanical tradesExperience within the aerospace automotive semiconductor or electronic fieldsAbility to read and interpret electrical hydraulic and pneumatic schematics and drawingsAbility to write detailed repair reports (advanced MS Office skills)Experience with hand/power tools forklifts and other heavy equipmentLaser tracker or similar precision inspection experiencePLC programming and troubleshooting experienceAbility to maintain a safe and clean working environment while adhering to company policies quality policies and industry standardsDetail oriented organized and demonstrate a high sense of urgencyAnalytic thinker that gets to the root of the problem and comes up with permanent solution to remedy the issueADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:Valid Washington state driver’s licenseAbility to stand up for up to 8 hours during the dayAbility to lift up to 25 lbs and work directly with the hardware on the floor while being comfortable stooping bending pulling pushing climbing and standing (including on lifts and ladders)Must be willing to work all shifts overtime and weekends as neededITAR REQUIREMENTS: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.  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. Starlink Production Automotive Technology
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