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.
RF ENGINEER (LIFE CYCLE AVIONICS)
Want to drive innovation…all the way to Mars? As a Life Cycle Engineer in Avionics Test, you will have a unique opportunity to be the bridge between design and production; equally anchored in both disciplines with the ability to spearhead change throughout a product’s life cycle. You will be expected to troubleshoot electronic assemblies, define new processes, design fixtures/tools, and identify opportunities for improvement in products and processes. You will have the opportunity work on and improve the wide variety of avionics components that enable SpaceX vehicles to be the safest, most reliable, access to space. You will put your engineering knowledge to the test, by performing real-time troubleshooting as the product goes production and qualification. Our fundamental goal is to allow humanity to explore the stars; with it comes extreme responsibility to ensure the safety of the crew and payload. Are you up for the challenge?
- Troubleshoot avionics hardware spanning PCBA board testing and defect detection, full functional testing of an assembled unit, and resolving on-vehicle anomalies
- Write and execute verification test plans, test procedures, and test reports against product requirements
- Modify electrical schematics and mechanical drawings for flight applications as they relate to reliability and manufacturability
- Design and troubleshoot RF (UHF, S-Band, X, Ka, or Ku bands) test setups and associated support equipment to support execution of testing strategies
- Participate in manufacturing assessments of new RF designs and drive optimization for manufacturability and cost
- Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering
- 2+ years of experience with electronic components, environments testing, or unit level testing; significant academic projects, internships, and traditional professional experience all qualify
- 2+ years of experience with RF systems
- 1+ years of experience with Matlab, LabVIEW, Python, SPICE, SQL, and/or National Instruments hardware
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Creative problem solver that can bring multiple disciplines together with the ability to assess risk and make design and development decisions without all available data
- Experience working in project teams such as Formula SAE or Hybrid Electric Vehicle
- Experience with electronic components, wire harnesses, and electrical test equipment (spectrum analyzers, network analyzers, oscilloscopes, power supplies, etc.)
- Knowledge of digital communication systems, spread spectrum, single and multi-carrier techniques and modulation types such as QPSK, APSK and QAM.
- Experience with 3D CAD (Unigraphics, Solidworks or similar) and electrical schematic capture software
- Understanding and experience in environmental testing such as vibration, shock, thermal, burn-in, and TVAC
- Strong sense of accountability and integrity with excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding atmosphere
- Self-motivated with strong multi-tasking, organizational, communication and documentation skills
- Willing to work extended hours and weekends as needed
- To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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 the 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.
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