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SpaceX job listings reveal an expanding Crew Mission Management team

1 year ago by Joshua Fruhlinger in Innovation, People

As Elon Musk's private space aerospace transportation company SpaceX ($SPACEX) gears up for a manned mission around the moon, the company has accelerated hiring for positions focused on crew operations under a team it calls "Crew Mission Management".

SpaceX is already busy assembling manned missions, some more well-known than others. Most recently, for instance, it was announced that Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa will travel around the moon with six to eight other people.

But on the ground, SpaceX has been hiring crew-support positions with the term "Crew" in their titles since 2016. Here's how those openings have appeared on SpaceX's careers site over time:

While there was minor growth in openings over the summer, by looking at the openings cumulatively, we begin to see how the on-ground team at SpaceX is shaping up when it comes to developing and managing crew operations. Here's that list in order of when the jobs were posted.


Posted Date

Crew Displays Engineer


Structures Technician - Crew Dragon R&D


Avionics Wire Harness Technician - Crew Dragon R&D


Crew Displays Software Engineer in Test


Launch Engineer, Crew Dragon Launch Operations (Cape Canaveral)


TPS Technician - Soft Goods Fabricator - Crew Dragon


Avionics Technician - Crew Dragon R&D


Industrial Engineer (Crew Dragon Avionics and Integration)


Structures Test Engineer (Crew Dragon)


Senior Crew Medical Engineer


Crew Dragon Launch Operations Engineer


Crew Dragon Launch Operations Engineer


Test Automation Engineer (Crew Dragon)


Build Engineer (Crew Dragon Structures)


Crew Dragon Launch Operations Engineer (Cape Canaveral)


Crew Dragon Launch Operations Technician


R&D Manufacturing Engineer (Crew Dragon)


Crew Dragon Launch Operations Engineer, Avionics


Manufacturing Engineer (Crew Dragon Composites)


Crew Dragon Launch Operations Technician (2nd Shift)


Crew Dragon Recovery Technician


Mission Integration Engineer, Crew Missions


Crew Equipment Engineer


Mission Manager, Crew


Lead Launch Technician - Dragon Crew Operations


Mission Integration Engineer (Crew Missions)


While this is by no means a complete list, it reveals a bit of the hiring strategy behind SpaceX's efforts to build the Crew Mission Management team since 2016, when it began a search for a "Crew Displays Engineer".

Perhaps most interesting of late is a listing for "Mission Manager, Crew" which was first listed on July 17, 2018, who will serve as "deputy to [SpaceX's] Director of Crew Mission Management".

The job description includes mention of SpaceX's Crew Mission Management team, which will expand "in anticipation of ... upcoming crewed missions for the Dragon 2 spacecraft" and will contribute "to the early architecture of the Big Falcon Rocket program."

SpaceX is looking for an accomplished aerospace project manager to serve as the deputy to our Director of Crew Mission Management. The Crew Mission Management team is expanding in anticipation of our upcoming crewed missions of the Dragon 2 spacecraft. This close-knit team serves as the main interface between the SpaceX technical teams and our external stakeholders. They work across disciplines to certify our spacecraft for astronauts and lead all programmatic aspects of their specific missions. The team also contributes to the early architecture of the Big Falcon Rocket program. Members of the team excel across a breadth of functions including product management, business development and sales support, proposal development, mission management, mission engineering, contract management, scheduling, and regulatory coordination.

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