SpaceX job listings reveal an expanding Crew Mission Management team

2 months ago by Joshua Fruhlinger in Facts

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.

Title

Posted Date

Crew Displays Engineer

20160504

Structures Technician - Crew Dragon R&D

20160504

Avionics Wire Harness Technician - Crew Dragon R&D

20160525

Crew Displays Software Engineer in Test

20160808

Launch Engineer, Crew Dragon Launch Operations (Cape Canaveral)

20161214

TPS Technician - Soft Goods Fabricator - Crew Dragon

20170213

Avionics Technician - Crew Dragon R&D

20170321

Industrial Engineer (Crew Dragon Avionics and Integration)

20170410

Structures Test Engineer (Crew Dragon)

20171002

Senior Crew Medical Engineer

20171117

Crew Dragon Launch Operations Engineer

20180104

Crew Dragon Launch Operations Engineer

20180105

Test Automation Engineer (Crew Dragon)

20180111

Build Engineer (Crew Dragon Structures)

20180116

Crew Dragon Launch Operations Engineer (Cape Canaveral)

20180119

Crew Dragon Launch Operations Technician

20180301

R&D Manufacturing Engineer (Crew Dragon)

20180320

Crew Dragon Launch Operations Engineer, Avionics

20180326

Manufacturing Engineer (Crew Dragon Composites)

20180424

Crew Dragon Launch Operations Technician (2nd Shift)

20180518

Crew Dragon Recovery Technician

20180611

Mission Integration Engineer, Crew Missions

20180615

Crew Equipment Engineer

20180713

Mission Manager, Crew

20180717

Lead Launch Technician - Dragon Crew Operations

20180912

Mission Integration Engineer (Crew Missions)

20180917


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.

Joshua Fruhlinger

Joshua has been writing about technology, lifestyle, and business for over 20 years. He's one of the original writers and editors for Engadget, and still writes a...

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