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Associate Engineer - Post Grad Spring 2018 (Vandenberg)
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SpaceX | Lompoc, 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.

As an Associate Engineer - Post Grad, you will be responsible for both autonomously and collaboratively working on actual space hardware development projects. You will be challenged to think creatively, independently, and intellectually to design hardware, gaining invaluable hands-on technical experience. This is not an ordinary "internship" - you will be given as much responsibility as our full-time engineers and will be an integral part of the team. We will rely on you to come up with creative solutions to real aerospace challenges and depend upon your contributions to space hardware development projects. The most successful candidates have at least a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, and have a history or significant contributions to hands on-extracurricular engineering projects in addition to a strong academic record.



World-class colleagues, rocket launches, and panoramic ocean views from your desk: these are the things of which dream jobs are made. SpaceX's CA coastal launch site is located at historic SLC-4 on Vandenberg Air Force Base. Vandenberg offers our customers critical access to polar orbits, frequently used by satellite communication constellations, defense intelligence and Earth-observing satellites, and some lunar missions. This is an ideal internship location if you are passionate about spaceflight and eager to work hands-on with flight hardware and ground support equipment. Our Vandenberg team is leading the charge on major process innovations for rapid reuse and reliable launch. Join our small, but unbelievably mighty team of collaborative engineers changing the face of spaceflight.


Vehicle and Payload Integration: Our Vehicle and Payload Integration team performs final rocket assembly and runs checkouts on flight hardware at our Vandenberg launch site. Do you have what it takes to be part of the team that is the last set of hands and eyes on the rocket before launch operations begin? Interns will receive the opportunity to be directly involved in the hands-on assembly, integration and testing of flight vehicle assemblies. The teams' biggest technical challenge for the year is shrinking onsite integration timelines from 6 weeks to just 48 hours.

Launch Pad Systems and Operations: As a team, the Launch Pad Systems and Operations engineers are responsible for all of the fluids systems (Liquid Oxygen, RP-1 kerosene, Helium, Nitrogen, hydraulics, and Air Conditioning systems), command and control (low voltage) infrastructure, and mechanical structures necessary to launch the Falcon 9. As an Associate Engineer, you'll work closely with one of our engineers on system design, analysis, implementation, activation, and sustainment planning. Be there on the ground floor, getting your hands dirty and contributing directly to the success of future launches.


* Completed a Bachelor's degree from an accredited four-year university of college within the past 6 months by start of employment or currently enrolled in a graduate program


* GPA of 3.5 or higher
* Hands-on experience through lab research, project teams, prior internship or work experience
* Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively in a team environment, accomplishing tasks with limited resources at a rapid pace
* Intermediate skill level using Windows Operations Systems
* Intermediate skill level using Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook)


* Must be able to work full time for a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks beginning in January/March 2018
* Must pass Vandenberg Air Force background check
* To access Vandenberg Air Force Base, must be able to provide own transportation


* 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.