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Space Mechatronics & Controls Engineer (Satellites)

Company: Space Exploration Technologies
Location: Hawthorne
Posted on: June 12, 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 is looking to hire a space mechatronics & controls engineer to work with a brilliant and passionate team of engineers. You will own the design and development responsibilities over our complex actuation systems. You will have the opportunity to work on the architecture, simulation, and controls of electromechanical systems for the world's most cutting-edge satellites.


  • Design, simulate, test, and tune the closed-loop control systems for in-space electromechanical systems
  • Work with avionics, mechanical, and GNC engineers to ensure the control systems considers all physics and will function correctly on orbit
  • Drive design decisions across subject matter domains (i.e. stiffness target, controller bandwidth, sensor selection)
  • Develop test plans for mechanisms through development, qualification, and acceptance testing
  • Own product delivery timeline through conception, design, assembly and launch


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 1+ years of experience with the design of mechatronic systems and closed-loop control systems (internship and project team experience qualifies)


  • Master's degree in engineering or a related technical discipline
  • Hands-on project experience with complex mechanical systems, preferably as a lead
  • Experience with robotics, motion control, state machines, electromechanical actuators, and sensors
  • Self-motivated with strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills
  • Experience solving complex problems with little supervision
  • Solid understanding and application of GD&T
  • Delivering program related work on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team


  • Ability to work long hours and weekends as necessary


  • 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 , Space Mechatronics & Controls Engineer (Satellites), Other , Hawthorne, California

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