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Avionics Integration Engineer (Systems Test)
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SpaceX | Hawthorne, CA
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Job Description

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.

Avionics Integration Engineer


* As an avionics integration engineer, you will be responsible for design, integration, and testing on the Falcon system testbeds. You will help shape the avionics system test infrastructure and vehicle design. You will lead electrical integration and test operations on the flight-like testbeds. Through testbed design and thorough system test coverage, you will ensure the vehicle is ready to deliver payloads to orbit and beyond.


* Lead system testbed architecture definition and cross-disciplinary trades
* Design and integrate hardware on system testbeds to match vehicle-specific and mission-specific configurations.
* Design electrical wire harness schematics, design and prototype simulation equipment, and validate and verify vehicle testbed functionality and performance.
* Write and execute electrical test plans and test procedures for testbed validation, system validation, and verification of fault-tolerance.
* Track hardware configuration and issues, and support production and test.
* Review test data and lead anomaly investigation and resolution

Basic Qualifications:

* Undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or equivalent area of focus is required; we are looking for engineers with excellent knowledge of electrical engineering fundamentals
* Candidates must have at least 3 years of combined project experience in the electrical engineer field; significant academic projects, internships, and traditional professional experience all qualify
* Must have experience in data acquisition systems or hardware simulation systems
* Must have at least 1 year of experience in computer programming language (C++, LabVIEW, and/or Python preferred)

Preferred Skills and Experience:

* Experience defining Hardware-in-the-loop test architecture
* Extensive understanding of instrumentation, interfaces and sensors including DMMS, DAQ, power supplies, oscilliscopes, DIO, Serial-422, switch technologies and topologies, RTDs, thermocouples, and 4-20mA sensors.
* Familiarity with National Instruments platforms including DAQmx, PXI, RIO, and VeriStand.
* Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight
* Strong sense of accountability and integrity
* Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding start-up atmosphere
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Additional Requirements:

* Work extended hours and weekends as needed.

ITAR Requirements:

* To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about 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.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX's Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

About SpaceX

SpaceX is developing a family of launch vehicles and spacecraft intended to increase the reliability and reduce the cost of both manned and unmanned space transportation, ultimately by a factor of ten. With the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 vehicles, SpaceX offers highly reliable/cost-efficient launch capabilities for spacecraft insertion into any orbital altitude and inclination. Starting in 2010, SpaceX's Dragon spacecraft will provide Earth-to-LEO transport of pressurized and unpressurized cargo, including resupply to the International Space Station (ISS). Founded in 2002, SpaceX is a private company owned by management and employees, with minority investments from Founders Fund and DFJ. The SpaceX team now numbers nearly 800, with corporate headquarters in Hawthorne, California.