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.
LEAD LAUNCH ENGINEER (DRAGON GROUND OPERATIONS)
SpaceX is currently seeking talented individuals for a lead position on the Dragon Ground Operations team. As a part of the team, you will have the opportunity to utilize your knowledge, experience and creativity to develop novel solutions in human spaceflight operations and re-usability. You will work and help lead pre-flight vehicle processing, recovery and refurbishment of the next generation Dragon spacecraft, designed to take crew and cargo to low earth orbit. For human flights, you may also work on pre-flight and recovery processing of the crew during their journey to the International Space Station. You will have ownership of your work in all phases of ground operation. The role will also provide an opportunity to establish aircraft like operations on Dragon and interface with the design engineers on the next generation SpaceX Mars vehicle.
- Lead, manage and mentor a team of engineers and process planners focused on Dragon Launch site processing and mission execution (includes recruitment, performance evaluations, and growth management)
- Lead development and execution of procedures for the checkout and integration of Dragon flight hardware and ground support equipment
- Lead Dragon mission specific launch site and vehicle processing activities
- Help develop, activate and maintain Dragon processing facilities
- Closely collaborate with engineering staff from other departments and highly skilled technicians on a daily basis
- Work with and lead discussions with a government or commercial customer on pre- and post- flight preparations for spaceflight
- Manage and track multiple priorities while maintaining a focus towards common project goals
- Provide program updates to Cape and Hawthorne leadership
- You must be a self-starter that will seek out the solutions to technical problems with the local team along with the larger SpaceX workforce. Expect interactions with all departments and aspects of the spacecraft design
- Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, physics, aerospace engineering, or other closely related technical field
- 3+ years of professional experience with complex, multi-disciplinary system assemblies. Past work experience, internships, team/personal projects with aerospace vehicles/payloads, automotive, aircraft, marine assemblies qualify
- Previous experience leading a mid-size team on a development project(s)
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Experience with hypergols
- Strong background with hazardous chemical/material handling
- Proficiency in or hands-on experience with one or more of the following: launch vehicle or spacecraft integration; operations in 100,000 class or better clean rooms; test operations with gases/fluids; data acquisition setup and field measurements
- Experience in writing test plans and test procedures
- Ability to rapidly change roles and responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment
- Ability to work well in a team environment
- Ability to communicate clearly and accurately with a wide range of people
- Ability to be diplomatic with a variety of individuals across the organizational infrastructure
- Problem solving and critical thinking skills
- A positive, upbeat attitude
- Position is subject to random drug and alcohol testing
- Must be willing to travel, potentially for extended periods of time
- General physical fitness is required, flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required
- Physical effort including standing, lifting and carrying moderately heavy materials or equipment (15 to 50 lbs.)
- Must be comfortable being trained to work around hypergolic propellants (MMH and NTO)
- Willing to work with hazardous materials
- Must be available to work extended hours, nights and weekends when required by mission milestones
- Ability to pass Cape Canaveral Air Force Station background check
- 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.
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