Space X HR manager Brian Bjeld revealed during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session what the company wants in a job candidate.
The internship program had over 39,000 applications last year and during the AMA, Bjeld said that the firm doesn’t just rely on GPA for applicants. He stated that they look for talent and people good at solving problems.
Bjeld said the company is looking for individuals who can help them in constructing rockets by a try-and-fail system. They want people able to help them create a missile that after multiple failures, could succeed in the end.
He advised the interested in acquiring as much experience as they can and present it in the application. He said that in Space X believe that they can find talented people anywhere and search for them but that it not always mean to go after graduates from engineering schools.
Bjeld also said that something to stand out about the company is that the employees are looking forward to making the humans a species to live on multiple planets.
He also said that they have departments focused just on developing safe and reliable hardware for rockets destined to go to Mars. According to him, Space X challenge itself setting challenging goals and avoids to stay at the same thought at the moment of solving a problem.
He also denied that working hours, while being long, do not get to 80 or 100 hours per week.
— SpaceX Jobs (@SpaceXJobs) August 8, 2016
Space X to test a Mars engine in Texas
Space X president Gwynne Shotwell revealed this Tuesday at the Small Satellite Conference that The Raptor rocket engine is on its way to the company’s site in Texas.
She talked about the enterprise working on CubeSalt spacecraft as a side payload on future vehicles like the Red Dragon. Elon Musk, the founder of Space X, said on more than one occasion that the founded the company to start a human colony on Mars.
In the last couple of months Space X has made some significant progress and with those came an announced back in April of plans for launching a uncrewed Dragon spacecraft to Mars in 2018.
— Spaceoneers (@spaceoneers) August 6, 2016
Musk said he would reveal at this year’s International Astronautical Conference more details about how the company is planning to colonize Mars.