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.

PROCESS OPERATOR SPECIALIST

SpaceX is seeking process operators for its Starbase, TX facility. Ideally, the operator has experience working with industrial processes that utilize engines, motors, fluid piping, electrical equipment, and instrumented controls. This position entails ownership of equipment performance and reliability by monitoring process parameters and maintaining components, with a keen eye for leading indicators of instability or malfunction, and a drive to correct those issues in advance of undesirable events. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Identify equipment and process deviations and perform corrective actions
  • Troubleshoot, maintain, and calibrate a variety of process equipment including centrifugal and reciprocating compressors, gas analyzers, control systems, instrument electrical systems and process control valves
  • Work with engineers, technicians, and fabricators to implement fluid and mechanical designs in the field
  • Work with engineers and technicians to create operating procedures
  • Coordinate across multiple disciplines to ensure that required resources are available to complete builds
  • Use knowledge of systems and existing documentation like schematics and parts lists to create and maintain a mature and efficient hardware inventory system – including procurement of critical spares           
  • Learn and run standard operating procedures on the machinery

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Associate degree in mechanical or electrical engineering technology
  • 2+ years of experience working with automated processes in one of the following areas:
    • Control room operations
    • Plant operations
    • Mechanic/millwright support
    • Instrumentation/electrical operations

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Basic understanding of process parameters and engineering units for temperature, pressure, flow, and power
  • Ability to read and understand P&ID and schematic wiring diagrams
  • Familiar with mechanical equipment and systems requiring the isolation of the malfunction, disassembly of industrial machinery and repair/replacement of bearings, gears, structural components
  • Familiar with lock out tag out, job hazard analysis, hot work permitting
  • Familiar with 120V, 480V, and 4160V electrical switchgear and components

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Willing and able to work outside with hand tools, which includes the ability to stand, walk, climb, and work with objects overhead
  • Required to climb ladders to elevated platforms and operate man-lifts at elevations in excess of 100 feet
  • Flexible schedule, which could include days or nights and also weekends

ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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.

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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