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Training Software Development Engineer (Space Operations)

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.


SpaceX engineers are dedicated to refining all aspects of humankind's presence in space, from the performance of the vehicle humans will travel in, to the innovative training they'll receive for their missions. The team has developed a comprehensive training program to turn recruits into fully certified operations team members who are responsible for the safe and efficient transport of astronauts and cargo into space.

As the team scales up for concurrent Dragon missions to the ISS and future human spaceflight programs, we are tackling our upcoming challenges in innovative ways. As a member of the team, you would focus on transforming how we train mission control operators and astronauts by developing software tools to innovate spaceflight training.


  • Develop new software tools to revolutionize how we train and equip human spaceflight
  • Simplify and automate training processes to enable scaling up of multiple concurrent Dragon missions on orbit
  • Reduce training hours required per mission through development of an automated training platform and improved training interfaces
  • Integrate the engineering, operations, training and software teams to develop new mission scenarios and increase the fidelity of mission simulation tools


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering or science discipline
  • Experience across multiple projects utilizing software tools to solve complex problems (Matlab, Python, Java, C++, etc.)
  • Experience with at least one of the following:
  • Providing technical training to an audience that must apply it in an operational environment
  • Real-time mission/test operations on a complex high-performance system


  • Extensive familiarity with Python, Git, Stash, Jira and continuous integration testing
  • Master's degree in a technical discipline
  • Previous experience with spacecraft/aircraft engineering or operation
  • Previous experience applying software tools to improve technical learning on a large scale
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Clear verbal and written communication of technical information
  • Able to quickly adapt and change course in a fast-paced environment
  • Insatiable hunger for continuous improvement and innovation


  • Must be willing to occasionally travel
  • Must be willing to work long hours and weekends to support launch operations and critical project timelines
  • Must be able to climb ladders, lift training equipment and spacesuits (25-40lbs), and climb around inside a spaceship


  • 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 , Training Software Development Engineer (Space Operations), Other , Hawthorne, California

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