Space Operations Training Automation Engineer

Hawthorne, CA, United States

Full Time
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Posted 4 weeks 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.


Helping to manage spacecraft operations requires mental dexterity, rigorous understanding of the spacecraft’s subsystems, and a strong understanding of contingency options. The Space Operations Training team is responsible for helping SpaceX operators to master the skills necessary to control and monitor Dragon vehicles. Beyond SpaceX internal operators, they also train the NASA astronauts that fly aboard Dragon and the astronauts that interact with the Dragon’s that deliver cargo to the International Space Station. 

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 delivery of astronauts and cargo into space. As the team elevates its throughput for concurrent Dragon missions to the ISS and future human spaceflight programs, we are tackling our upcoming challenges in new ways.  As a member of the team, you would own creation and improvement of automation for our training simulations, help to create training materials, and run the simulations. You would also be expected to become a Dragon operator, using your skills and first-hand experience to train new and experienced operators effectively.

As we increase both our crewed and cargo mission cadence and duration, you will play a pivotal role in helping the Space Operations Training team to develop the world’s best flight operations team and crewmembers. If you’re creative and have a strong passion for engineering and teaching, come join us as we pave the way for human exploration beyond low Earth orbit.


  • Develop technical training materials (e.g. presentations, demonstrations, etc.) for internal operators and external customers by working closely with SpaceX technical teams, including operators, responsible engineers and flight software
  • Schedule, plan, and conduct training for Dragon operators and crewmembers
  • Create evaluation criteria and schemas to track training performance
  • Plan, script, test, and troubleshoot training simulations
  • Author scripts in order to automate simulation execution
  • Successfully complete training to become a certified Dragon operator
  • Act as a mentor for new operators and a subject-matter expert on Dragon spacecraft systems


  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • 3+ years of professional experience in real-time mission/test operations
  • Experience with Python or other scripting language


  • Familiarity with launch vehicles or spacecraft systems
  • Master’s degree in a technical discipline
  • Strong written and verbal communication of technical information
  • Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
  • Previous spacecraft engineering experience
  • Previous experience training personnel for a challenging operational role
  • Basic understanding of C++ and Python scripting
  • Capacity to balance conflicting opinions and manage expectations between multiple teams
  • Able to be flexible and adapt in a changing and fast-paced environment


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


  • 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.

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