Test Technician, Components - 2nd Shift



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2022

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.


Candidates should have a strong mechanical aptitude, and some experience working with mechanical systems, electrical systems, hydraulic/pneumatic systems, or the instrumentation used to test the preceding systems. They should also have strong organizational, teamwork, and communication skills.

Test technicians are primarily responsible for building, operating, calibrating, and maintaining test assets the components test team develops and is responsible for. They 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.
  • Assist in the fabrication and build of the following:
    • 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 mechanical, electrical, pneumatic and hydraulic systems.
  • Perform tests independently, or with engineers and specialists, according to test procedures and design requirements.
  • Assist in the summary and distribution of test data and preliminary test results to all interested parties.
  • Collaborate with engineers and specialists to develop and document test procedures.
  • Identify and implement process improvements.
  • Assist in anomaly investigations and work toward resolution.
  • Provide testing support for production when needed.
  • Assist in the tracking and servicing of critical calibrated instrumentation.


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate.
  • 1+ years of experience working in an aerospace, manufacturing, military or automotive environment.


  • Associate's degree with a focus in physics, mathematics, or engineering.
  • Ability to read and understand electro-mechanical schematics.
  • Ability to read and understand Plumbing and Instrumentation Diagrams (P&ID).
  • Ability to read mechanical assembly drawings and blue prints.
  • 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.
  • 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 or cryogenic systems (gaseous and liquid) and high voltage systems (AC and DC).
  • Knowledge/experience working with electrical components and/or systems.


  • Willing to work overtime and weekends as needed.
  • Able to lift 50 lbs. unassisted.
  • Able to stand for 8 hours minimum as needed.
  • Able to stoop, bend, crawl, and maneuver in tight spaces as needed.
  • Estimated start times: 1st shift (5am), 2nd shift (2pm).


Pay range:
Test Technician/Level 1: $20.00 - $27.00/per hour
Test Technician/Level 2: $25.00 - $32.50/per hour
Test Technician/Level 3: $30.00 - $38.00/per hour

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be 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.