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Electrical Systems Launch Engineer
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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.

Electrical Systems Launch Engineer

With a vigilant focus on the challenges and dreams before us, our Vandenberg launch site is looking to add an additional electrical engineer to our Launch Pad Systems & Operations team. The ideal engineer for our team would not only share SpaceX's vision but also desire to be the best of the best at what they do. Each day should leave you proud of both your workmanship as well as what your work means to your family and their future. Engineers on our launch pad will be wiring sensors, troubleshooting issues, and putting their mark on the future of spaceflight. Goals these large can only be achieved with a group, so each member of our team needs to have strong interpersonal skills and an ego they can check at the door. This team also requires a strong attention to detail as every decision you make translates to ensuring safe and reliable flight of the next generation of launch vehicles. If you are willing to accept the greatest challenge of your professional career, we invite you to apply for a new outlook on life.


* Multi-disciplinary position responsible for the design, operation, installation, and test of low power electrical systems at Vandenberg Air Force Base
* Maintaining and upgrading the data acquisition system hardware
* Maintaining network infrastructure interfaces to data acquisition system
* Building and designing junction boxes and conveyances for end instruments on the pad/transporter erector
* Creating electrical schematics for new instrumentation

* Responsible for the ground support control and instrumentation systems that operate the fueling and operation of the launch vehicle/spacecraft to support launch day activities. Directly involved with Launch Pad system build, checkouts, and troubleshooting.
* Using electrical equipment in the field to verify functionality of end instruments
* Maintaining systems throughout the year through a preventative maintenance program
* Addressing physical installation issues and wear/tear/corrosion of electrical components
* Writing procedures to address both routine tasks as well as off-nominal troubleshooting steps

* Provide innovative solutions to special requirements and challenges faced by the team
* Requirements range from specialized equipment to challenging installation locations and blast environments

* Working outside to help major tasks
* Pulling cable
* Basic electrical installation of valves, limit switches, potentiometers, etc.

Basic Qualifications:

* Undergraduate degree in an engineering related discipline is required
* At least 1 year of experience with instrumentation power systems design (professional and/or academic lab experience)
* Understanding of basic low power systems and basic DC circuits and filters
* Experience with a data acquisition system and instrumentation of some type (school lab setting or professional experience)
* Experience with one or more of the following electrical test equipment: oscilloscopes, multimeters, power supplies

Preferred Skills and Experience:

* Proficiency or direct hands-on experience in one or more of the following: electronics test rack design & build, data acquisition setup and field measurements, build of electronics systems or test systems for local assembly or industrial applications. (Examples fields are: robotics, automotive, aircraft, marine, autonomous vehicles, RF or communication systems, power plant or chemical process type industrial systems)
* Able to communicate clearly and interact with a wide range of people.
* Able to perform in a high-pressure environment.
* Able to juggle a multitude of tasks simultaneously
* Team oriented
* Self-motivated
* Enjoys field work and getting hands dirty
* Able to work under minimum supervision

Additional Requirements:

* Occasional travel may be required.

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.