Sr. Fire Protection Engineer



hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Wednesday, May 22, 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 the HQ construction team, you will design, build, and activate some of the world’s most technically advanced manufacturing facilities. As a member of the critical construction and facilities infrastructure team, you will design, build and maintain fire protection and life safety systems. You will be the subject matter expert in the following areas: fire protection, life safety, building and fire codes, fire hazard and risk assessment of materials and processes, fire and smoke spread, industrial fire hazards, fire investigation support, and other fire and life safety issues. You will be able to operate with autonomy to solve diverse and complex problems, excel at managing multiple projects at a time and work in a dynamic, fast-paced environment. You will work with other construction engineers, architects and internal customers to support these goals and have the opportunity to drive real global impact, ultimately leading to making life multiplanetary. The position is based in Hawthorne, CA.


  • Support engineering design, analysis, calculations and specifications for facility infrastructure fire and life safety systems
  • Develop building and fire code compliance documents and fire life safety designs for SpaceX launch and production facilities
  • Perform hazardous material analysis for code compliances purposes, such as chemical classification, chemical quantity analysis, chemical inventory management, and related system design support
  • Support facility construction teams to develop field solutions
  • Support commissioning activities during pre-test and AHJ testing phases for launch site facility builds
  • Conduct fire/life safety code reviews and analyses
  • Prepare and present technical reports and presentations
  • Review and comment on shop drawing design packages developed by contractors
  • Develop AM&M (Alternate Means & Methods) to local AHJ to help with performance-based design criteria to meet intent of code


  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 5+ years of experience in the design and construction of fire protection systems and/or fire protection consulting


  • Degree in fire protection engineering
  • Professional Engineer License (P.E.)
  • Working knowledge of Building & Fire Codes and NFPA Codes & Standards
  • NICET certification in relevant fire protection programs
  • Ability to lead project design teams
  • Knowledgeable in OSHA compliance
  • FDS software modeling capabilities
  • Construction, facility management or consulting engineering experience
  • Proficient in Autodesk Revit


  • This is not a remote or hybrid position and will require relocation if not already local to the Hawthorne, CA area
  • Position occasionally requires the ability to work extended hours or weekends when needed
  • Ability to travel to other SpaceX offices as needed


Pay range:

Fire Protection Engineer/Senior: $125,000.00 - $175,000.00/per year

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 and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave 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.

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