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Vandenberg Launch Engineer, Electrical Systems
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SpaceX | Lompoc, CA
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Engineer The Future

SpaceX is a U.S.-based advanced technology company founded by residing CEO and CTO, Elon Musk. Founded in 2002, SpaceX builds rockets and spacecraft from the ground up, including cutting edge electronics, software, vehicle structures, and engine systems. The Falcon Launch Vehicle and Dragon Spacecraft programs are some of the most ambitious engineering systems in the world, designed to support our ultimate goals of aviation-like spaceflight capability and making humanity a multi-planet species. Our team is made up of more than 3,000 SpaceXers located across our Hawthorne, California headquarters; and other facilities in Florida, Texas, and Washington, DC.

Advance the course of human history and pave the ways to Mars

This is SpaceX . We are not like most companies. Our goal is to do what has never before been done--enabling mankind to live on other planets. We push the boundaries of what is currently possible, and understand it takes rare individuals to help us make this happen. We celebrate our successes , and each other. We seek future colleagues with a rare mix of drive, passion, scrappiness, intelligence, and curiosity to seek what's beyond the stars.
Playing a direct role in advancing the course of human history is no small endeavor. Join us, and find your place in the SpaceX legacy.

Vandenberg Launch Engineer, Electrical Systems

Overview :
Work as part of a small team of elite engineers designing and improving the mechanical systems at our rocket launch facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base on the Central Coast of California, home to the maiden launch of Falcon 9 V1.1. Be there on the ground floor, getting your hands dirty and contributing directly to the success of future launches.


Multi-disciplinary position responsible for the design, operation, installation, and test of various electrical systems at Vandenberg Air Force Base
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
Provide innovative solutions to special requirements and challenges faced by the team.

Basic Qualifications:

Undergraduate Degree in an engineering related discipline is required
At least 1 year of experience with instrumentation power systems design (experience can be work experience and/or lab experience in school)
Understanding of basic low power systems and basic DC circuits

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 Comm. 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 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, 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.

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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.