SpaceX Test Operations Engineer (Engines) in McGregor, Texas

Test Operations Engineer (Engines)

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.


At SpaceX, our commitment to reliability begins with design but is realized through exhaustive testing at the Rocket Development Facility in McGregor, TX. In order to eliminate anomalies and ensure maximum product quality, the test team pushes our hardware to its limits in as close to flight like conditions as possible. Test Operations Engineers develop test requirements, conduct tests, operate test article hardware and obtain data to confirm performance.


  • Conduct tests to evaluate hardware/engine performance by directing a team of technicians to execute test processes

  • Review test data for engine and test stand performance and health; work with design engineering to drive any rework and accept engines for flight

  • Identify, document, and disposition discrepancies found during testing campaigns

  • Utilize data acquisition systems on console to monitor health of hardware systems (fluid, structural, thermal, electrical), provide reports, document test results and recommend areas for upgrades and improvement

  • Accept repeated ownership of engine test campaign; this includes test plan creation, stand equipment design/fabrication, new system activation, test operations and data review

  • Develop, review and maintain test plans, procedures and work instructions to ensure compliance with test requirements

  • Create software tools to further enhance post-test data analysis

  • Identify and characterize system pitfalls and potential hazards then work to resolve such anomalies by collaborating with design engineers on improvements for test stands and flight hardware

  • Develop innovative processes to increase testing capability and rates

  • Ensure all operations are conducted are performed on time, safely and in a professional manner

  • Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment


  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in an engineering field


  • Master’s degree in mechanical or aerospace engineering

  • 3+ years of hands on experience with mechanical systems, structural systems, propulsion systems, fluid systems, flight hardware or test operations

  • Knowledge of hazardous systems (cryogenic, flammable, hypergolic, pyrophoric)

  • Knowledge of high pressure system design and handling

  • Familiarity with instrumentation and control components (pressure transducers, thermocouples, RTDs, strain gauges, accelerometers, flow meters, load cells, relays, solenoid valves)

  • Experience using 3D modeling software (Siemens NX, Python, MATLAB, NI LabVIEW)

  • Experience reviewing data from anomalies and identifying root cause

  • Experience writing and maintaining test procedures and hardware work instructions

  • Ability to read, understand and apply technical manuals, data reports, mechanical schematics, electrical schematics and design specifications

  • Intermediate skill level using Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, OneNote)

  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team environment, accomplishing tasks with limited resources at a rapid pace


  • 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 as well as occasional extreme outdoor environments (heat, cold, rain)

  • Typically 50 hour work weeks on shifting schedule, 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.