Operations Engineer, Launch Pads

Job Expired

Cape Canaveral, FL, United States

Full Time

3 months ago

Job description

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.


Do you want to be part of the team that enables rapid launch and re-use of multiple launch pads? Do you want to help launch satellites, cargo and humans into space? Do you want to be part of the team that helps provide high speed/low latency internet service to the world? As an Operations Engineer, you could do all of these. The SpaceX Launch team is looking for a dedicated individual to support our launch pad operations through data analysis, process optimization, resource alignment, capital planning and trade studies. This individual will need the ability to help with tactical planning to enable fast-paced operations that simultaneously inform long-term, robust launch pad strategies and processes. They must be comfortable working and communicating with many stakeholders across the enterprise as nearly every assignment will be multi-disciplinary. Candidates with an ability to thrive in an ambiguous, dynamic, and fast-paced environments and the ability to multitask and prioritize work during simultaneous projects are required.


  • Analyze data and information to identify opportunities to reduce work scope and/or accelerate schedules while working with stakeholders to achieve company goals
  • Develop tools to analyze output, rate capacity, optimization problems for launch and operations to guide decisions
  • Develop tools and provide strategic scheduling expertise to guide efficient resource utilization across the pads
  • Maintain roadmap towards consistent launch pad refurb improvement and a zero refurb pad
  • Develop and track key performance measures, and identify decision points and actions to optimize launch pad operations.
  • Actively develop system and process improvements within and between launch pad teams
  • Capture best practices of launch systems, and manage organizational knowledge and lessons-learned
  • Work as part of a team to develop and manage strategy to mitigate future launch risks and seize emerging opportunities to improve quality, output, safety, and cost
  • Identify operational challenges within the organization, determine root cause, and develop appropriate solutions


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • 1+ years' of professional experience in using Excel, SQL, or Python/R for analysis or modeling dynamic systems and / or experience in factory layout software tools such as Visio or Sketchup


  • Proficiency with statistics, data analysis, cost/benefit analysis, and visualization
  • Experience with CAD software, Power BI, and discrete event modeling tools
  • Experience as an industrial, operations, process or manufacturing engineer in an industrial environment
  • Experience with lean, six sigma, and related production principles
  • Experience or education in management science and engineering, operations engineering, operations research, or industrial engineering
  • Experience as a contributor to multi-disciplinary and cross-functional teams
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, high stress environments
  • Excellent written and communication skills


  • Must be able to work extended hours and/or weekends as needed to meet major milestones
  • Must be able to travel - up to 15% work week travel may be required to other sites
  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg


Pay range:      

Operations Engineer/Level I: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00/per year  
Operations 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.

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