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Build Engineer, Fluid Systems (Dragon)



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Saturday, February 3, 2024

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.


The Dragon Fluid Systems Manufacturing team builds, tests, troubleshoots, and delivers fluid assemblies that enable critical capabilities on the Dragon vehicle – including the vehicle’s life support, thermal control, and propulsion systems. Our engineers serve as hardware experts for the various assemblies that make up these systems aboard Dragon, and are directly responsible for ensuring the reliable performance of these assemblies on the ground and in space.

Engineers on the team take full ownership over their hardware: from urgently troubleshooting issues at test/launch sites and performing hands-on testing to inform development or root cause investigations, to implementing design or test upgrades to improve reliability or reuse. As the Dragon program continues to deliver cargo and astronauts to the International Space Station, we are seeking hands-on engineers to tackle failure investigations, rapidly implement design upgrades, perform flight-like testing to ensure mission success, and deliver hardware at an industry-leading rate without sacrificing quality or capability.


  • Own piece parts and assembled propulsion sub systems throughout the manufacturing process, with focus on delivery to meet Dragon rate while maintaining safety and part quality
  • Responsible for developing and qualifying new processes to take products from design to production
  • Resolve manufacturing discrepancies for all owned parts and processes by collaborating with the design engineering, production and quality teams
  • Support day-to-day production of tank & engine assemblies, high-pressure testing, and integration of hardware
  • Identify, plan, and execute capital equipment, machine, and layout upgrades to the meet volume production demand
  • Find and eliminate process waste, streamline production processes and enable continuous improvement


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline or physics
  • 1+ years of hands on experience driving the design, building, testing, manufacturing, or development of mechanical components or systems (internship and project team experience is applicable)


  • Master's degree in aerospace, mechanical, systems or manufacturing engineering
  • Experience with design for manufacturability and assembly
  • Experience with welding, machining & coating prosses
  • Knowledge of principles of chemistry, engineering, fluid dynamics and mechanics of materials
  • Experience conducting pressure and leak testing using instrumentation such as helium mass spectrometers, flow meters, pressure transducers and thermocouples
  • Experience with capacity modeling, process mapping and fault analysis
  • Experience performing pareto analysis, root cause and corrective action experience
  • Experience performing PFMEAs
  • Familiarity with CAD and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T) experience


  • Position may require extended work hours and weekend work
  • Position requires working directly with hardware on the floor for extended periods of time


Pay range:
Build Engineer/Level I: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00/per year
Build Engineer/Level II: $110,000.00 - $130,000.00/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 & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & 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.