Job Description


The Systems Development Engineer will work inside the build and flight reliability organization to manage and support the process of engineering change. SpaceX needs the ability to change hardware to enable continuous improvement of the reliability of its product lines. The Systems Development Engineer role looks to understand the system-level impacts of a requested change, verify that these are adequately reviewed and vetted, with a primary goal of minimizing flight risk associated with hardware, software, or operational change. 


  • Provide technical review of product line changes, and communicate with responsible engineers, build engineers, manufacturing engineers, and test engineers to ensure that all impacts of a requested change are well documented and understood across teams.
  • Manage workflow for a given set of change requests, and ensure that changes are reviewed and approved in a timely manner. Verify adherence to reviews for implementation and flight happening before critical milestones.
  • Help gather documentation, answer questions, and add or remove subscribers and approvers to change requests.
  • Work process and system-level automation and capability improvements to the existing change system; examples include linking signatures between change and other EIS tools, improving user interface experience, or leading and managing meetings.
  • Ensure change requests are properly documented, and escalate changes to leadership if risk is perceived as high or if change is considered high impact.


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering or STEM discipline.
  • 1+ years of professional experience in a design, analysis, or test engineering position.


  • Advanced degree in an engineering or STEM discipline.
  • 5+ years experience in aerospace engineering field (design, analysis, or test at the large assembly or system level).
  • SQL and/or Python experience.
  • Experience using or maintaining ERP systems.
  • Experience with anomaly resolution and documentation of anomaly reports and lessons learned databases.


  • Some travel may be required (no more than 10%).
  • Day of launch and lead up to launch support required, some nights and weekend work will be required based on launch schedule.


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

Job Overview
Job Posted:
11 months ago
Job Type
Full Time
Job Role
Bachelor Degree
1 Year
  • Founded In
    Feb 28, 2023
  • Company Size
    500+ Members
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