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Lead Turbomachinery Engineer

Company: Space Exploration Technologies
Location: Hawthorne
Posted on: June 8, 2021

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.



  • Lead a team of turbomachinery engineers focused on rapid development and execution of design improvements (includes recruitment, performance evaluations, growth management) for the Raptor engine turbomachinery
  • Design, build and test the most advanced rocket engines ever produced
  • Develop and train direct reports to support empowered product ownership utilizing risk-conscious decision-making skills under pressure
  • Own turbomachinery product families - every engineer at SpaceX assumes profound responsibility for their hardware
  • Interface with our world-class production team to ensure that your team's designs are successfully translated into the fleet of rockets that is revolutionizing access to space
  • Maintain a positive and constructive attitude in the face of technical and non-technical challenges
  • Be proactive and forward thinking with respect to team growth and department/company strategy; recruit talent, manage career development of direct reports, and conduct performance evaluations
  • Work collaboratively with commercial and governmental customers to ensure 100% mission success


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 3+ years of professional experience in an engineering design and analysis role
  • Professional experience with turbomachinery


  • Master's degree in an engineering discipline
  • Experience in a highly technical position that required a scrappy, entrepreneurial manner to enthusiastically accomplish tasks with tight time or budget constraints
  • Management experience leading a technical team, cooperating with cross-functional groups to accomplish outstanding results
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities through cross-functional teamwork on challenging problems
  • Understanding of engineering fundamentals and the ability to perform basic analysis
  • Strong desire to mentor and grow employees
  • Deep understanding of thermodynamics, compressible and incompressible flow, thermochemistry mechanics, structural design in demanding environments, and/or materials
  • Professional experience using Siemens NX (Unigraphics), ANSYS or Fluent
  • Understanding of engineering fundamentals and the ability to perform basic analysis


  • Willing to work extended 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.

Keywords: Space Exploration Technologies, Hawthorne , Lead Turbomachinery Engineer, Other , Hawthorne, California

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