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.
DEVELOPMENT TEST TECHNICIAN
This position is a Development Test Technician for the Starship Structures Test team. The role is highly multidisciplinary and this individual will be tasked with a wide variety of test equipment and test article fabrication and operations in support of the SpaceX mission. The team consists of technicians, engineers and specialists working closely together to build mechanical and fluid assemblies, modify and integrate test articles, build data and control systems, and execute test operations. The ideal candidate is highly skilled with mechanical and electrical disciplines, hands-on, flexible, a quick learner, works well in a fast-paced environment, and is highly self-motivated.
- Work closely with engineers to rapidly bring designs to fruition through collaboration and feedback by interpreting drawings and schematics, updating documentation and owning the build process
- Fabricate metallic piece parts to print using machine shop equipment: mill, lathe, etc.
- Assemble test equipment to print, including on-assembly fabrication operations: precision match drilling, welding, riveting, etc.
- Assemble large mechanical assemblies that require strategic part manipulation and heavy lift operations and equipment
- Fabricate and assemble high-pressure pneumatic and hydraulic fluid systems, including bending/flaring/assembling of stainless steel and flexible tubing
- High school diploma or equivalency certificate
- 3+ years of experience with one of more of the following; working with and troubleshooting complex mechanical systems, high pressure fluid systems, or test operations
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- A&P license
- Strong interpersonal and teamwork competence
- Ability to solve complex problems independently and efficiently with minimal supervision on tight schedules
- Proven ability to rapidly change roles, responsibilities, and learn new skills while working in a high-paced and challenging work environment
- Able to read mechanical and engineering drawings and interpret tolerances (including GD&T)
- Skilled with mechanical hand tools
- Experience with hydraulic plumbing repair/fabrication
- Knowledge/experience with cryogenic systems (gaseous and liquid)
- Experience with rigging, cranes, and lift operations
- Experience with precision measuring instruments/equipment
- Knowledge of various fittings (NPT, MS, AN, Swagelok, medium pressure)
- Knowledge/experience working with electrical components and systems
- Experience in research and development or other fast-paced technical environment
- Experience with test operations procedures including hydraulic load control, hydro/pneumatic pressure control, and safe handling of flight part
- Proficient computer skills; comfortable with using email and the Microsoft Office suite
- Positive attitude and ability to stay calm in high pressure situations
- Physical effort including standing, lifting, and carrying equipment up to 30 lbs. unassisted
- Must be able to work at elevated heights (scissor lifts and articulated boom lifts)
- Must be able to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain, etc.
- Must be able to work in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
- Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as necessary; flexibility required
- 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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