Test Technician - 2nd Shift @ SpaceX - Hawthorne, CA

Test Technician - 2nd Shift

16 days ago
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.


Our rapid growth has created opportunities for a test technician to join our components test operations group, supporting the production of components and assemblies for the Falcon, Dragon, and Starship vehicles. The components test operations group designs, builds, operates and maintains custom test stands and test fixtures, and test technicians are primarily responsible for building, operating, and maintaining these test facilities. The test technicians play a key role in the design process by providing feedback to engineers on how the resources will be operated and maintained.


  • Assist in the design of test fixtures, test setups, and test stands to be used in production, and/or for development.

  • Independently fabricate or build any of the following in accordance to the defined specifications:
    • Instrumentation including DAQ hardware and wire harnesses.

    • Electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic systems including hazardous high pressure gas systems and high voltage electrical systems.

  • Assist in troubleshooting electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems.

  • Collaborate with engineers to develop and document test procedures as well as perform tests with engineers or test specialists according to test procedures.

  • Assist in the summary and distribution of test data and preliminary test results to all interested parties.

  • Participate in anomaly investigations and work toward resolution.

  • Assist in the tracking and servicing of critical calibrated instrumentation.


  • 1+ years of experience in a manufacturing/testing environment or similar hands-on technical position.

  • High school degree or equivalency certificate.


  • Ability to read and understand electro-mechanical schematics, assembly drawings and blueprints.

  • Ability to read and understand Plumbing and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID).

  • Ability to install and operate instrumentation, including: strain gages, deflection gages, pressure transducers, load cells, thermocouples, RTDs, accelerometers, and analog circuitry.

  • Ability to fabricate and repair electrical systems, including: soldering, crimping, and assembling connectors.

  • Ability to fabricate high pressure plumbing systems, including: tube flaring, tube bending, and cone-&-threading.

  • Ability to fabricate mechanical components and assemblies, including: milling, drilling, turning, and torqueing.

  • Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment.

  • Ability to solve complex problems with minimal supervision on tight schedules.

  • Ability to work toward project goals beyond individual task assignments.

  • Knowledge/experience operating and maintaining pneumatic and hydraulic components, including: valves, regulators, and accumulators.

  • Knowledge/experience operating basic machine shop equipment, including: sanders, grinders, saws, and benders.

  • Knowledge/experience with test operations procedures including hydraulic load control, hydro/pneumatic pressure control, and safe handling of flight parts.

  • Knowledge/experience with high pressure systems (gaseous and liquid) and cryogenic systems (gaseous and liquid).

  • Knowledge/experience with high voltage systems (AC and DC).

  • Knowledge/experience with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook) and ability to navigate and manipulate various file types.

  • Knowledge/experience with Cleanroom protocols.

  • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills


  • Must be available to work all shifts, overtime and weekends as needed.

  • This role is a 2nd shift role working from 3PM to 1:30AM with occasional weekend work and overtime work (schedule subject to change).

  • Must be able to stoop, bend, crawl, and able to maneuver in tight spaces.

  • Must be able to lift up to 75lbs. unassisted.


  • 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.