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SR. LAUNCH ENGINEER, FIELD OPERATIONS (STARSHIP)
SpaceX is currently seeking an individual to join a specialized group of engineers who lead, coordinate and execute pre-launch and launch day procedures, hazardous operations, and integrated vehicle operations (vehicle transport and install, cyroproofs, static fires, launch, and development tests). These engineers direct a launch-ops technician force to meet aggressive timelines, maintain personnel safety, address any solve off-nominal scenarios, and make Go/No-Go decisions in the field.
As a Sr. Launch Operations Engineer in the starship launch operations engineering group, you will have the opportunity to utilize your multi-disciplinary knowledge, experience, and creativity to develop solutions to launch operations with the goal of maximizing efficiency without sacrificing safety or reliability. The Starship Launch Operations team operates various different facilities in Starbase including Suborbital Pad A, Suborbital Pad B, Orbital Pad A and in the near future Orbital Pad B as well as launch operations on the offshore platforms. As a Launch Engineer, you will be ultimately responsible for the success of all operations occurring on the Launch Pads. You will also be responsible for the successful identification, development, and execution of hardware and process upgrades to drive towards a physics-based launch-to-launch cadence with increased reliability and decreased cost.
Write and execute launch site set up procedures to assert the launch pad’s mechanical and fluid systems into the appropriate config for test/launch
Interface with launch site design, critical lift, flight control, and vehicle integration teams to orchestrate operations on the launch pad
Perform research and development projects to improve operational efficiency and eliminate time waste to improve test/launch cadence
Develop integrated vehicle and pad operations to be streamlined with the goal of making spaceflight operations as robust and efficient as aircraft like operations
Use fluid dynamic, thermodynamic, low voltage electrical, and mechanical system knowledge to provide guidance to teams as they troubleshoot and resolve issues in a fast-paced environment
Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, physics, computer science, or other engineering discipline
5+ years of hands-on experience with assembly, test, or operations of mechanical, electrical or fluid systems
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
Experience working at a rocket launch/test facility and supporting launch/test campaigns
Experience coordinating and executing large projects requiring multi-disciplinary knowledge, scheduling of resources, and coordinating with vendors and other support teams
Demonstrated expertise with instrumentation and control components (pressure transducers, thermocouples, RTDs, strain gauges, accelerometers, flow meters, load cells, relays, solenoid, pneumatic valves, etc.)
Demonstrated expertise in SpaceX core planning tools such as shop floor, manufacturing planning, and test plans
Excellent communication skills (oral and written) and the ability to clearly and concisely articulate complex problems to a wide variety of audiences
Experience testing and operating with or around hazardous systems (high pressure, high energy, hazardous gases & fluids, etc.)
Knowledge of engineering standards and best practices such as ASME B31.3, ASME BPV Code Section VIII, NFPA, NEC, and AFSPCMAN 91-710
Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure, fast paced environment
Strong work ethic and drive to for constant improvement balanced with the ability to work effectively in a team environment
Must be willing to work weekends and night shifts as needed
Must be willing to travel to other launch sites in support of operational activities and launches; travel requirement is up to 15%
Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg
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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