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Development Test Engineer



Software Engineering, Quality Assurance
hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Saturday, May 18, 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.


Join the Development Test group as a Test Engineer developing SpaceX's newest products. Development Test is a fast paced R&D focused group that aims to reduce hardware development time and increase reliability by testing SpaceX's upcoming products, ground systems, spacecraft, and launch vehicles. Our Test Engineers design, fabricate, and implement test equipment as well as conduct development tests for the new structures, components, and mechanisms.


  • Create test stand concepts, fabrication drawings, wiring schematics, and instrumentation lists
  • Design and analyze structures, fluid systems, and mechanisms
  • Supervise the integration of test stands including fabrication, mechanical assembly and data/control systems
  • Operate test stands with great attention to detail (tests have very little margin for error, so attention to detail is a crucial and essential characteristic of a development test engineer)


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering
  • 1+ years of experience in one or a combination of the following:
    • Involvement with an extracurricular project team designing and building mechanical structures
    • Academic research on mechanical structures
    • Professional experience designing and analyzing mechanical structures


  • Master's degree in mechanical engineering or other engineering discipline
  • Understanding and proper application of GD&T
  • Experience with Unigraphics (NX)
  • Experience performing finite element analysis (FEA)
  • Experience with large steel and/or aluminum weldment design and analysis
  • Experience with high pressure (up to 30,000 psi) fluid system design and analysis
  • Hands-on design and fabrication experience
  • Basic programming skills (Python, JavaScript, and HTML/CSS preferred)
  • Data acquisition and controls experience
  • Demonstrated ability to drive projects to completion


  • Must be willing to travel for as needed, up to 25% to other SpaceX sites
  • Ability to work at elevated heights occasionally (scissor lifts and articulated boom lifts)
  • Physical effort including standing, lifting, and carrying equipment up to 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Ability to work in outdoor environments as needed
  • Must be available to work extended hours and some weekends


Pay range:
Development Test Engineer/Level I: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00/per year
Development Test 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 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.