EMI/ EMC Test Technician



Bastrop, TX, USA
Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2024

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.


As a member of our fast-paced Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) team, you will be responsible for ensuring avionics hardware performance across our fleet of vehicles (Dragon, Falcon, Starship, Human Landing System, etc.) through some of the harshest and varied electromagnetic environments imaginable. The E3 team at SpaceX performs exhaustive analysis, design, and test at the board, unit, subsystem, and system levels with extensive opportunity to interact with a vast array of rocket, spacecraft, and ground support equipment hardware and electronics. As one of the few teams required to interface with the design, manufacturing, integration, and mission operations teams, we play a critical role in the development of our systems. These systems support SpaceX's goals of developing broadband satellite internet and safe, reliable, inexpensive, and innovative access to space with the fundamental goal of expanding human space exploration capabilities and establishing a permanent human presence on the Moon and Mars.


  • Perform EMC/EMI emission and immunity testing of electrical systems and its components for consumer and commercial applications
  • Read, interpret, and work from free-form drawings as well as from controlled documentation and processes
  • Design and fabricate electro-mechanical assemblies, harnesses and test fixtures from conceptual drawings
  • Operate a spectrum analyzer, VNA, power meter, high-power amplifier, and oscilloscope
  • Perform antenna and shielding effectiveness measurements
  • Independently perform verifications and document results in a clear, precise and complete manner
  • Troubleshoot complex problems independently with minimal direction
  • Support engineers and test management with standardized testing and R&D projects
  • Maintain test equipment and test facilities and oversee the equipment calibration process


  • Associate's degree in an electronics discipline or a technical electronics certification with 2+ years of direct work experience
  • 2+ years of experience performing testing of consumer electronics or electrical hardware
  • 2+ years of experience fabricating test fixtures, harnesses and electro-mechanical assemblies


  • Familiarity with FCC Part 15, Part 25, EN55032, EN 55024/35, EN 61000, MIL-STD-1541, MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-464, DO-160G specifications
  • Experience in a fast-paced test environment with flight hardware
  • Able to support R&D efforts in addition to standardized testing
  • Familiarity with semi-anechoic chamber specifications, design and maintenance
  • Experience with lab accreditation for self-certification purposes (i.e. ISO/IEC 17025, A2LA, or NVLAP)
  • Able to adapt to constantly changing work assignments and fast-paced work environment
  • Able to program simple scripts in python for test logging and control
  • Able to efficiently draft fixtures, tools, structures, and electrical schematics using a CAD system
  • Able to troubleshoot unit and test rack issues with little to no supervision
  • Able to author and redline clear and concise test procedures, build procedures, and process instructions
  • Excellent concentration and attention to detail with outstanding work efficiency and accuracy
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and teamwork skills
  • Ability to read and interpret schematics (engineering drawings, circuit layouts, and parts lists), cable harnesses (wiring diagrams, layout drawings, and parts lists), and mechanical assemblies (mechanical drawings and parts lists)


  • Repetitive assembly operations, grasping, standing, lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Extended hours and weekend work may be required to support critical project and mission milestones
  • Able to travel for short trips as needed


Pay Range:
EMI/EMC Test Technician/Level 1: $23.00 - $31.00/hour
EMI/EMC Test Technician/Level 2: $28.00 - $37.00/hour
EMI/EMC Test Technician/Level 3: $33.00 - $43.00/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.