Design Criteria Engineer (Vehicle Engineering)

Space Exploration Technologies Hawthorne , CA 90250

Posted 2 months ago

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 vehicle engineering team tackles space exploration's toughest problems through the development of our reusable launch vehicles (Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy, Starship) and spacecraft (Crew Dragon). Currently responsible for delivering satellites into orbit, crew, and cargo to the ISS, these vehicles will be instrumental in extending humanity's reach to the moon, Mars and beyond.

The design criteria team is responsible for ensuring that hardware and concepts-of-operations lead to successful completion of mission and meet or exceed requirements. We perform an industry-unique agile systems engineering role, facilitating cross disciplinary action and problem solving across all SpaceX programs and engineering staff.


  • Drive improvements to vehicle design by being closely integrated with hardware teams.

  • Provide critical peer review and approval of hardware designs during design reviews, and of acceptance and qualification test campaigns.

  • Drive development of tools and methods to ensure accurate and well-disseminated design criteria.

  • Ensure a cohesive evolution of designs and operations across the different technical teams: avionics, propulsion, structures, launch, manufacturing, analysis, and test.

  • Work with a team to perform rapid conceptual design, analysis, and testing cycles on development hardware (may include CAD modeling and testing oversight as needed).


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering, math, or physics related discipline.
  • 2+ years of industry or extracurricular experience in a multidisciplinary engineering role.


  • Experience with electromechanical system design, analysis, testing, and fabrication for use in high-performance or safety critical applications.

  • Hands on experience with various industry standard manufacturing tools, techniques and processes, including mills, lathes, electronics assembly, composite layup, etc.a

  • Experience with material selection and make vs. buy decisions for system components.

  • Experience with solid modeling and circuit board design software.

  • Experience performing closed-form and numerical stress analysis, simulations of dynamic systems, and fluid systems analysis.

  • Scripting and data analysis experience using Visual Basic, Matlab, Python and Excel.


  • Willing to work long hours and weekends as needed.


  • 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.

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Design Criteria Engineer (Vehicle Engineering)

Space Exploration Technologies