SpaceX Naval/Marine Architect in Hawthorne, California

Naval/Marine Architect

Launch Engineering

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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.


  • Develop and architect recovery engineering high-level design concepts

  • Use your well-rounded technical knowledge to display proficiency in basic structural sizing, mechanisms, and design while making development decisions based on cost and schedule considerations

  • Perform detailed mechanical analysis, design, and create drawings for new rocket recovery concepts and support vessels

  • Formalize and present concepts for approval

  • Estimate concept costs

  • Work with design engineers, field engineers, and technicians to ensure requirements, deliverables, budgets and dates are met

  • Interface with external entities such as NASA or the Coast Guard

  • Assist offshore recovery testing and operations, when needed


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline

  • Professional experience using a high-end hydrodynamics analysis software package(s) (Star-ccm, AQWA, and/or ANSYS)

  • At least two years of total experience in one or a combination of the following:

  • Involvement with an outside the classroom project team designing and building marine vessels or mechanical structures in a marine environment

  • Professional experience designing and analyzing marine vessels or mechanical structures in a marine environment


  • Previous experience generating RAOs and dynamic and static stability analyses

  • Demonstrated ability to generate vessel motions and CFD analyses

  • Prior experience in a marine environment and/or with marine vessels

  • Structural and mechanical design competency

  • Able to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment including daily interactions with technicians, engineers, and managers

  • Able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment

  • Self-motivated and directed with keen attention to detail


  • Must be able to climb ladders and work in tight spaces

  • Must be comfortable being trained to work around hypergolic propellants (MMH and NTO)

  • Willing to work with hazardous materials (hypergols)

  • Must be able to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small openings and climbing hand over hand

  • Must be able to work at elevated heights (up to 300 feet), including the use of ladders

  • Willing to operate small support boats in open ocean conditions

  • Must be able to climb up and down stairs regularly throughout the day

  • Able to work in confined spaces

  • Willing to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain, wind, open ocean

  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise

  • When necessary, must be willing to work long hours and weekends to support launch and critical project timelines

  • Ability to work on offshore vessels for extended durations without access to emergency services normally available on shore

  • Must pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg


  • 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 Location

Hawthorne, CA, United States