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.
INTEGRATION TECHNICIAN (DRAGON GROUND OPERATIONS)
SpaceX is currently seeking talented individuals for a 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 reusability. You will work on 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 will 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 and will directly interface with astronauts. 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.
- Stage, set up, assemble, test and install flight hardware
- Use precision calibrated tools – torque wrenches, micrometers and calipers
- Hands-on operations with both large as well as small, fragile assemblies
- Read and interpret blue prints
- Perform work according to procedures, specifications and test instructions
- Use various mechanical tools without instruction
- Collaborate with Dragon operations engineers to develop and document activities
- Processes crew immediately prior to spaceflight and upon return to Earth
- Ensure launch services are performed on time, safely and in a professional manner
- Performs other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment
- High school diploma or GED
- Prior experience with payload or hardware integration, or spacecraft processing
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Associate degree
- Airframe & Powerplant license or aerospace technology certification
- AV1200-4 certified for vehicle and EGSE terminations
- Familiarity with data acquisition system architecture and terminations
- Familiarity with vehicle EGSE architecture and hardware
- Knowledge of pressure, temperature and flow measurement devices; mechanical and electrical systems
- Prior experience working with launch vehicles, human spaceflight, or supporting hardware ocean recovery
- Experience with hypergols or hazardous systems
- Skill in operating and manipulating machinery and various hand and power tools requiring manual dexterity
- Marine experience
- Experience with forklifts, cranes and heavy equipment
- A demonstrated ability in reading/understanding technical drawings, manuals and reports
- Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment
- Ability to perform hydrostatic and pneumatic testing
- Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral
- Ability to pass SCAPE medical qualifications and be willing to perform operations in SCAPE
- Must be willing to travel
- Must be able to climb ladders and work in tight spaces.
- Must be able to work at elevated heights (up to 300 feet)
- Willing to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain, wind, open ocean
- Must be willing to work all hours, and overtime, as required
- Must be comfortable being trained to work around hypergolic propellants (MMH and NTO)
- Ability to work on offshore vessels for extended durations without access to emergency services normally available on shore
- Position is subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testing
- 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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