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.
SpaceX's Starship spacecraft and Super Heavy rocket (collectively referred to as Starship) represent a fully reusable transportation system designed to carry both crew and cargo to Earth orbit, the Moon, Mars and beyond. Starship will be the world's most powerful launch vehicle ever developed, with the ability to carry in excess of 100 metric tons to Earth orbit.
The Starship Sr. Automation & Control Engineer (DCS) role is a systems focused, multi-faceted position. The ideal engineer uses broad systems knowledge to inform the design of launch ground systems, support facilities, and test systems. The engineer is responsible for the systems that link operators to physical sensors and actuators on both ground systems as well as in-space test articles. This role provides operational support in the review and interpretation of data collected on these systems. SpaceX control engineers develop and integrate physical hardware including but not limited to wire harnesses, PCBs, custom enclosures, PLCs, data acquisition systems, and sensors. The DCS engineer’s systems support operations that enable safe, economical, and reliable access to space.
Provide project-based leadership and planning to complete small and large scale launch and process automation system projects
Provide mentorship to engineers and assist with design decisions, project strategies and technical problems
Lead multiple shifts of technicians and/or contractors efficiently
Architect data acquisition and control systems
Provide technical support and guidance for controls technicians and other non-controls engineering groups
Develop new hardware and processes to improve capabilities, cost, and setup time of non-vehicle electrical systems
Work with the software team in evolving non-flight ground and test system vehicle software
Analyze data to assess the function of electrical systems
Assist in the design and analysis of experiments to evaluate test articles
Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment
Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
5+ years of experience working with data acquisition systems
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
Excellent communication skills—both written and verbal
Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight
Experience managing engineers and technicians on a project basis or through a leadership role
Strong work ethic and drive to succeed as part of a high functioning team
Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment
Ability to thrive in ambiguity, independently drive project progress, and manage multiple priorities
Knowledge of high-reliability processes and related documentation practices
Demonstrated ability to design, implement and troubleshoot data acquisition and control hardware
Fundamental understanding of engineering principles behind electronic equipment, instrumentation, and commonly used industrial equipment
Select and size electrical and electromechanical components such as servo motors, controllers, and VFDs
Experience designing and installing instrumentation and control systems in hazardous areas (NFPA 70 Section 500 installations); Class 1, Division 1 and Division 2 environments or IEC equivalence
Experience with Electrical Panel CAD design software such as EPLAN
Strong knowledge of and experience in mixed signal electronics, power supply design, analog filtering; testing and troubleshooting techniques, signal integrity, quantization, discretization, use of operational amplifiers, and layout and grounding principles
General schematic capture and printed circuit board (PCB) design and/or verification and validation experience
Experience with linear time invariant systems and frequency analysis
Experience tuning PID controllers
Experience with electrical power distribution, working knowledge of NFPA 70 and NFPA 70E
Experience with standards such as IPC-620, NASA 8739.4, and D38999 specifications.
First-hand experience with programming and software development
Experience with industrial bus protocols such as Modbus, Profinet and EtherNet/IP
Design C++ software interfaces towards a Profinet-based controller or NI DAQ-mx based controller
Hands-on experience activating, building, and troubleshooting analog electronic systems
Process integration and electromechanical / mechatronic systems experience
Experience working with National Instruments cRIOs and cDAQs
Experience implementing a communication protocol by crafting data packets
Experience with Linux-based operating systems
Experience with networking tools such as Wireshark and tcpdump
Experience with VLANS, 802.1q trunking, and Link Aggregation
Experience working with ICD, or interface control documents
Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral
The role is a demanding role that requires out of hours support and thus the candidate must be based locally
Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small openings
Ability to work at elevated heights (200+ feet)
Ability to perform physical tasks such as climbing up and down stairs and/or ladders regularly throughout the day
Ability to lift light weight supplies or materials (up to 25lbs unassisted)
Available to work extended hours and weekends when needed based on site operational needs; flexibility required
Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, flashing lights, heat, cold, rain, and noise
Travel to other SpaceX or 3rd party facilities, up to 70%
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