SpaceX Systems Development Engineer in McGregor, Texas

Systems Development Engineer

at SpaceX

McGregor, TX, United States

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 Systems Development Engineer will be a member of the Texas Test Reliability Team. The team is given broad responsibility to improve quality of test through organizational, technological, and process-based methods. The Systems Development Engineer is expected to own specific projects which fit into a larger roadmap designed to accomplish the team’s goals. Projects may vary significantly in subject and scope. This person is expected to be comfortable with a teamwork-based approach involving many different groups throughout the company. Team members are expected to spend 1-2 years in this role before taking on a different role within the company.


  • Take ownership of projects related to the following topics:

  • Test plan development

  • Test report documentation and communication

  • Test operations safety

  • Data review and analysis tools

  • Evaluation of our organization’s role within SpaceX

  • New areas identified by the team

  • Work closely with site leadership to solve problems affecting our organization’s quality of test

  • Collaborate across disciplines including engineering, production, test, launch, enterprise resource planning, supply chain, quality, and all levels of management to meet objectives

  • Influence the strategic direction of the team by identifying new project opportunities and incorporating them into the team’s roadmap


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering field

  • 1+ years of engineering experience in a design, build, or test operations environment


  • 5+ years of experience in multidisciplinary engineering roles ranging from individual technical contribution to project management

  • Testing experience, particularly related to cradle-to-grave campaign management, operations, test plan creation, and data analysis

  • Design and fabrication experience in any of the following fields: structural, fluid, data and controls, and power systems engineering

  • Programming experience in any of the following languages: Python, SQL, Java, VBA, C++, C#

  • Proactive, self-motivated, driven, and committed to a team approach

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, cross-functional environment, both independently and with a team

  • Ability to develop and maintain strong relationships across disciplines and with multiple levels of management

  • Strong communication and technical skills


  • Flight hardware is typically built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required

  • Physical effort including sitting or standing for extended periods of time, lifting and carrying weight such as materials or equipment up to 30 lbs. unassisted

  • Work performed in an environment with exposure to fumes, odors and noise

  • Occasionally exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments (heat, cold, rain)

  • Must be available to work extended hours and weekends, which varies depending on site operational needs; flexibility required


  • 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.