How do I get a job at Tesla or SpaceX?

Updated on : January 21, 2022 by Adam Richardson



How do I get a job at Tesla or SpaceX?

learn all the math you can, choose your favorite subjects physics, electrical engineering, etc. and study hard at school

You will be 20 years old before you can get a job there and 4-6 years is a LONG LONG time in the space business. who knows who or what will be the "big deal


PS: I invested in Tesla because I think it is a potentially great car. in 6 months the price of the shares went down and I have lost more than 25% of my investment. I intend to hold on. Much of the electric car business relies on BATTERY technology and MAYBE on the development of hydrogen fuel cells.


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learn all the math you can, choose your favorite subjects physics, electrical engineering, etc. and study hard at school

You will be 20 years old before you can get a job there and 4-6 years is a LONG LONG time in the space business. who knows who or what will be the "big deal


PS: I invested in Tesla because I think it is a potentially great car. in 6 months the price of the shares went down and I have lost more than 25% of my investment. I intend to hold on. Much of the electric car business relies on BATTERY technology and MAYBE on the development of hydrogen fuel cells.


Tesla is developing car-like household battery storage power units to replace generators.

the era of carbon fuel is coming to an end. Global warming is too dangerous.

Surprisingly, fancy titles don't do much to get a job at SpaceX, but they seem to favor people with liberal arts degrees and proof of some inventiveness, as a successful project that involved teamwork and was complicated but could be explained to them. easily.

This may sound a bit strange, but unless you are a woman and a fan of gender equality, I don't know of any other factors that can help. Just remember that many other people can do your job, you just have to show them why only you can do it.

Simple: apply for a job. You must take the initiative, no one will come to you.

Look at the positions to be filled for each company. Often times, those positions are listed on company websites.

Essentially, prove yourself to be a problem solver.

When I was accepted into the internship program, there were several notable reasons that allowed me to be selected for this highly competitive program. Please try to make your resume, cover letter, additional materials and interviews reflect the list below (in order of perceived priority).

  1. Demonstrated Initiative: During a bit of self-reflection in graduate school, I realized that my resume was weak on applied control theory. So I built a quadcopter from scratch, programmed an Arduino with a controller, tested the system, and flew it. Did not fly
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Essentially, prove yourself to be a problem solver.

When I was accepted into the internship program, there were several notable reasons that allowed me to be selected for this highly competitive program. Please try to make your resume, cover letter, additional materials and interviews reflect the list below (in order of perceived priority).

  1. Demonstrated Initiative: During a bit of self-reflection in graduate school, I realized that my resume was weak on applied control theory. So I built a quadcopter from scratch, programmed an Arduino with a controller, tested the system, and flew it. It didn't fly very gracefully, but it solidified classroom concepts into reality. From a hiring perspective, it also showed that you were willing to seek knowledge in areas that you knew needed work. This is an absolute requirement to work at SpaceX (or anywhere in IMO).
  2. Talk about the talk - During my interviews, I was able to show that I understood my fundamentals. Depending on your area of ​​expertise, you should know the fundamental equations and the corresponding assumptions. This is very important.
  3. Spring: Summer internships are in high demand. Make it easier for yourself and look for spring and fall internships. They are usually longer versions of the same internship, but less competitive. And they can be a nice break from school.
  4. Leadership Experience - You must demonstrate your ability to manage responsibility and cooperate with others. During graduate school, I sought a leadership position within an aerospace club where we were in the early stages of building a vertical lift-off rocket system. I needed to delegate tasks and help others implement classroom knowledge, sometimes for the first time.
  5. Previous Internship Experience: I had three internships before SpaceX, all at well-known aerospace companies. While they weren't as intense as SpaceX's, they did show that it was capable of working in a variety of aerospace disciplines. So if they don't hire you right away, get experience elsewhere and reapply.
  6. Study at a recognized school: SpaceX had some full-time employees and some interns from the schools I attended. Although the name of your school doesn't really matter, if other successful employees come from your school, your resume may receive additional attention.

I joined SpaceX right after completing my master's courses in aerospace engineering (I had not completed my thesis). It was a spring internship that lasted about 5 months in the Dragon Development group. I should note that I had a 3.3 GPA and a 3.5 graduate degree, both in aerospace engineering. SpaceX doesn't really care about GPA, but I would always recommend keeping it above 3.0.

Final Tip: Apply for the position you think is best, but don't worry too much about being exactly what the application describes. It is more important to be a competent engineer. When I was hired, SpaceX didn't care about my specific experience either. I applied for a position in avionics, but ended up in project engineering.

I don't currently work there, for the reasons I mentioned in another answer, but I would highly recommend the internship program to gain skills in difficult problems very early in your career.

Getting to X space for an Indian is much more difficult than for an American. The reason is that, as you know, although SpaceX is a private company, it deals with things in which it has to collaborate with the government and its government has laws that do not allow the hiring of foreigners, I guess the following two reasons

  1. Americans should be preferred over foreigners to reduce unemployment at home, which is understandable.
  2. They don't want any foreigners to know about defense and aerospace technology. You literally have to go through a security clearance.
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Getting to X space for an Indian is much more difficult than for an American. The reason is that, as you know, although SpaceX is a private company, it deals with things in which it has to collaborate with the government and its government has laws that do not allow the hiring of foreigners, I guess the following two reasons

  1. Americans should be preferred over foreigners to reduce unemployment at home, which is understandable.
  2. They don't want any foreigners to know about defense and aerospace technology. You literally have to go through security clearance before you get hired, and I heard it's not easy to crack. See ITAR for more information

Now,

There are ways to get into SpaceX

First you have to convince the company that you have more talent than anyone they can currently hire and ask them to convince the government to allow spaceX to hire you, tedious process, you see?

If you don't like aerospace engineering, then you can probably work for some company in the US that doesn't require security clearance, maybe work there for five years, get a green card, and then apply to SpaceX.

  1. For example, if you are in computer engineering or electrical engineering, you can first apply to work in a company where they have no clauses and then after getting the green card, you can apply for it at SpaceX.

But as you can see, you have to be lucky to be able to carry out the plan. I do not want to kill your dreams, but you see that it is not as easy as it seems that many want to work at SpaceX, only the little ones get there.

But you can always try

  • ALL THE BEST
  • Do not give up

The hiring process at SpaceX is a bit crazy and actually ended up being a big problem for me as the whole time I was there I was unable to grow my team.

The last year I was there I had a permanent weekly meeting with the CIO and HR to filter a bunch of resumes. There were a bunch of hiring restrictions, like ITAR, and then we had our own internal rules on top of that for submitting resumes. So we would take the best of that vintage and program phone screens, usually starting with a basic cultural setting and then doing 3-5 more phone interviews, some with coding in place.

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The hiring process at SpaceX is a bit crazy and actually ended up being a big problem for me as the whole time I was there I was unable to grow my team.

The last year I was there I had a permanent weekly meeting with the CIO and HR to filter a bunch of resumes. There were a bunch of hiring restrictions, like ITAR, and then we had our own internal rules on top of that for submitting resumes. So we would take the best of that vintage and program phone screens, usually starting with a basic cultural setting and then doing 3-5 more phone interviews, some with coding in place.

If you got the go-ahead from everyone who examined you over the phone, we invite you to take a tour and then do approximately 6 consecutive interviews (usually ending with the CIO) in which two SpaceXers interrogate you differently. areas. Take most of the day seriously.

If someone votes no for the candidate, they will not be hired.

Now this is what hiring was like in my department specifically; culture may vary a bit within the company. However, even if everyone signs you, there is one more gateway. However, it is company-wide policy that all full-time hires must be approved by Gwynne and Elon.

It's a very intense process and while frustrating at times, it got me working with some of the most talented amazing people!

In my opinion, your best bet would be to walk in the door with a contract or an internship, where the requirements are not that strict, and then prove yourself with your work once you are there. That's what I ended up doing!

Oh, and someone in another answer had mentioned that SpaceX has its own ice cream bar, which is half true; it's really one frozen yogurt bar (and there are two!). There are also baristas and kitchen staff for the restaurant.


Disclaimer: I am a former SpaceX employee, nothing I say should be construed as a statement or opinion by or on behalf of SpaceX and / or Tesla Motors. For official press inquiries, please email: media@spacex.com or press@teslamotors.com

I am now reading Elon Musk Biography by Ashlee Vance, (Book Title: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future) and the answer is TOTALLY.

There were many times when engineers, machinists, developers, and so forth (I don't think vice presidents are included in this group) had to work seven days a week for more than ten hours a day to meet SpaceX's extremely optimistic deadlines and Tesla. .

A very frequent case was the launch of the Roadster in 2008.

There were many obstacles in both the R&D and manufacturing stages of production. At first the batteries were too explosive,

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I am now reading Elon Musk Biography by Ashlee Vance, (Book Title: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the Quest for a Fantastic Future) and the answer is TOTALLY.

There were many times when engineers, machinists, developers, and so forth (I don't think vice presidents are included in this group) had to work seven days a week for more than ten hours a day to meet SpaceX's extremely optimistic deadlines and Tesla. .

A very frequent case was the launch of the Roadster in 2008.

There were many obstacles in both the R&D and manufacturing stages of production. At first, the batteries were too explosive, the transmission system failed after an average of only 2000 uses, the carbon fiber body was difficult to paint, manufacturing finances were poorly managed ...

Problems kept cropping up, deadlines were successively missed and buyers canceled their orders, and Tesla employees were tasked with working crazy hours to deal with it all. That's the casual logic of Silicon Valley: You don't work until you're tired, you work until the problem is solved. That meant more than 60 hours per week for Tesla employees before the Roadster was produced.

By the way, I recommend to everyone Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX and the search for a fantastic future. The writing is amazing, the book is really easy to read, and it remains incredibly interesting throughout each and every anecdote. I have not read a better written book.

I can't speak to Tesla specifically, but this is how I would approach it.

  1. I would connect to the company on purpose. This means meeting people who work at Tesla. As many people as you can, in the jobs they have. The idea is to build an internal network within Tesla of people who know you and support your candidacy.
  2. I would study the company and during my networking, I would learn everything I can. You want to be able to articulate the pain the hiring manager is feeling and why you are the pain medicine.
  3. Use social media to your advantage. Join the forums and gr
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I can't speak to Tesla specifically, but this is how I would approach it.

  1. I would connect to the company on purpose. This means meeting people who work at Tesla. As many people as you can, in the jobs they have. The idea is to build an internal network within Tesla of people who know you and support your candidacy.
  2. I would study the company and during my networking, I would learn everything I can. You want to be able to articulate the pain the hiring manager is feeling and why you are the pain medicine.
  3. Use social media to your advantage. Join forums and groups that Tesla hiring managers are likely to be a part of and get involved. Share your knowledge, ask interesting questions, and help others. Build a strong social media presence that amplifies your strengths and shows you have the skills and experience to be a pain remedy.
  4. Align your social media apps: Linked In, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Quora, and others should be in sync with your resume and job board posts.
  5. Volunteer at charity events Tesla supports. This is a great opportunity to meet people who work at Tesla and have them introduce you to other people who work at Tesla.
  6. Attend conferences that Tesla employees in your field of interest attend.
  7. Hang out at the lunch spots Tesla employees are likely to frequent. As your internal Tesla network grows, you will likely recognize people you have met before and have the opportunity to introduce you to other people.
  8. Become a master at informational interviewing and networking.
  9. Networking is a two-way street. Ask how you can help.

Hope this helps you.

There are three big players in Canada: Bell, Rogers and Telus. They control the market. The Canadian government protects them from foreign competition. A foreign telecommunications company cannot operate in Canada unless it is a junior partner of one of the Big 3.

While not technically a cartel, they appear to operate in a similar fashion.

They have no incentive to lower prices or lower each other because they are happy with their level of control of the market.

That's why we pay some of the highest mobile rates in the world.

Because the government allows the Big Three to fuck Canadians like royalty.

You have already answered your question, unfortunately the answer is a bit hazy. Here are my suggestions, in no particular order:

  • Call them and ask them: Phone: 310-363-6000
  • Find a SpaceX recruiter on Linkedin and ask them
  • Apply for the job. They (usually) will contact you with a rejection. However, they go through resumes very quickly. If you don't receive an answer in a few weeks, you will know your answer.


I don't want to disappoint your hopes, but there are many, many people who are highly skilled and passionate American citizens who are rejected. SpaceX continues to maintain a

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You have already answered your question, unfortunately the answer is a bit hazy. Here are my suggestions, in no particular order:

  • Call them and ask them: Phone: 310-363-6000
  • Find a SpaceX recruiter on Linkedin and ask them
  • Apply for the job. They (usually) will contact you with a rejection. However, they go through resumes very quickly. If you don't receive an answer in a few weeks, you will know your answer.


I don't want to disappoint your hopes, but there are many, many people who are highly skilled and passionate American citizens who are rejected. SpaceX still maintains a very high caliber of who it hires. Since it will be more difficult to hire, you need to have skill sets that exceed the average US candidate to make your hiring worthwhile. You need to take an honest look at their qualifications to see if it's worth hiring for them right now. I'm telling you this not to dissuade you from applying (you already have to apply!), But to be realistic with your expectations.

Good luck. Frankly, I think America should make it easy for talented foreigners to come work for us and become citizens.

SpaceX has some contracts with NASA to deliver cargo / supplies to and from the ISS, and to demonstrate crew transportation to / from the ISS. There was a $ 1.6 billion contract for 12 cargo transport missions to the ISS, and more contracts since then. SpaceX has won contracts for more than $ 3 billion for the development of commercial crews with the Dragon 2 capsule.

SpaceX also charges NASA and the United States government for launching its satellites and space probes. About $ 100 to 200 million each.

In addition, SpaceX charges commercial companies for the launch of commercial satellites mainly communications satellites. There is a list of pr

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SpaceX has some contracts with NASA to deliver cargo / supplies to and from the ISS, and to demonstrate crew transportation to / from the ISS. There was a $ 1.6 billion contract for 12 cargo transport missions to the ISS, and more contracts since then. SpaceX has won contracts for more than $ 3 billion for the development of commercial crews with the Dragon 2 capsule.

SpaceX also charges NASA and the United States government for launching its satellites and space probes. About $ 100 to 200 million each.

In addition, SpaceX charges commercial companies for the launch of commercial satellites mainly communications satellites. There is a list price for SpaceX launches, but commercial customers can get a discount for using a pre-flown thruster, and government launches are often more expensive due to additional requirements from the US military and the NRO. .

The various positions and contracts are mostly public, so it's pretty easy to see where SpaceX gets most of its significant revenue.

Hard freakin, unless you have the exact talents needed, it's really tough. Tesla hires around the world, not just in Silicon Valley. They get over 100k resumes per year for 2k openings so the math is pretty lousy to begin with. Add in the interns who are trying to become FTEs and the pool of candidates will grow. Internal referrals are given a bit more weight, but unless you really know that person, you won't get that referral. I get 10-20 requests per week on LinkedIn to connect and / or help someone get a job, and now I reject 95% of the requests I receive without even looking.

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Hard freakin, unless you have the exact talents needed, it's really tough. Tesla hires around the world, not just in Silicon Valley. They get over 100k resumes per year for 2k openings so the math is pretty lousy to begin with. Add in the interns who are trying to become FTEs and the pool of candidates will grow. Internal referrals are given a bit more weight, but unless you really know that person, you won't get that referral. I get 10-20 requests per week on LinkedIn to connect and / or help someone get a job, and now I reject 95% of the requests I receive without even looking.

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