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SpaceX Recovery Operations Engineer, Booster Landing Operations in Cape Canaveral, Florida

Recovery Operations Engineer, Booster Landing Operations at SpaceX

Cape Canaveral, FL, United States

This role has the opportunity to work with an elite team to develop and execute the safing operations of a landed Falcon 9 booster. Be the first person to walk up to a just landed booster and lead the team who is responsible for its immediate processing prior to refurbishment and its next flight.


  • Lead operations in the field to safe and process the Falcon 9 booster either on a droneship or at SpaceX’s landing sites

  • Develop procedures, test plans, and concept of operations for Falcon 9 booster processing

  • Support booster recovery operations which includes contracting vendors, creating cost estimates, developing and authoring field procedures, managing a team, executing offshore and onshore operations, and leading recovery operations in the field

  • Drive more efficient operations to improve Falcon 9 recovery cost and hardware health for improved refurbishment timelines

  • Design, build, and test new ground support equipment in support of improving recovery operations

  • Ensure systems are in place to guarantee hardware readiness – including, but not limited to, preventative maintenance, critical spares, and hardware testing

  • Remain synchronized with all Recovery Operations to ensure commonality in both hardware and operations where applicable


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering or science discipline

  • 2+ years of experience developing and/or processing aerospace systems


  • 2+ years of hands-on experience building, maintaining, modifying, and operating ground support equipment

  • 5+ years of experience developing and/or processing aerospace systems

  • Experience designing fluid or electrical systems

  • Experience planning, executing and improving operations involving more than 10 personnel

  • Strong background with hazardous chemical/material handling

  • Experience in writing test plans and test procedures

  • Experience with complex, multi-disciplinary system assemblies

  • Past work experience, internships, or projects related to aerospace vehicles/payloads, automotive, aircraft, or marine assemblies


  • Willing to travel frequently

  • Willing to work outdoors and in maritime environments

  • Ability to work in a high-concentration, high-stress environment; good response to problems posed by short deadlines; prolonged mental concentration (under possible extended work hours)

  • Willing to support offshore operations, including working recovery missions at sea

  • Position may require long hours (10-12+ hour days) and weekend work

  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg

  • Must have a valid Driver’s License


  • 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 (https://www.pmddtc.state.gov/?id=ddtc_kb_article_page&sys_id=24d528fddbfc930044f9ff621f961987) .

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.