OVERVIEW: Axiom Space is the commercial leader in human spaceflight and on-orbit research & manufacturing services, steered by a team of experts and guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. Axiom provides unprecedented access to the International Space Station today while building and operating its successor – the world’s first international commercial space station – to improve life on Earth and foster possibilities beyond it. Our mission-driven team is seeking a bold and dynamic Assembly, Integration, and Test (AI&T) Staff Integration & Launch Operations Engineer who is preoccupied with big questions: Where do we go from here? What are the limits of innovation and exploration? How do we continue to evolve as a species?
SUMMARY: This position will work on-site at our headquarters in Houston,Texas as part of a diverse and agile team of integrators and aerospacetechnicians in the Assembly, Integration, and Test (AI&T) team and you willbe ultimately responsible for enabling successful spacecraft processing and launchoperations activities occurring during final assembly, preparation fortransportation, and pre-launch integrated vehicle activities and tests of ourspace station modules. For payloads, you will have the opportunity to work onthe final assembly, acceptance testing, and pre-flight processing as theyembark on their journey to the Axiom Space Station – in order words he or shewill have direct interface with the Launch Service Provider (LSP) and ourflight/mission operations teams. Also, you will be responsible for carrying outall aspects of launch integration/operations activities in accordance withAxiom Space standards and practices.
Note: Proof of COVID – 19 vaccination status (vaccination card) will be required for employment otherwise a request for medical or religious accommodation is necessary
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
- Create, manage, and communicate spacecraft and payloads launch integration plans well ahead of set launch dates in coordination with Axiom’s internal customers, NASA, regulatory organizations, launch service provider, and others.
- Work with Axiom Space’s AI&T, Test Systems Engineering, and Subsystems teams as well as costumers and external parties to develop, coordinate, and execute plans and procedures to conduct required integration, testing, launch, and mission operations activities efficiently, effectively, and safely while at the LSP site
- Properly allocate responsibilities for managing resources including the coordination of test crews, support equipment, and vehicle configurations during spacecraft integration and combined operations with the LSP.
- Identify all launch processing site requirements and operations capabilities well in advance of the launch event and communicate those to Axioms and contracted stakeholders to ensure these are embedded in the early design and planning activities.
- Define Concept of Operations (CONOPs) flow for spacecraft integration to launch vehicle.
- Serve as the AI&T’s main point of contact and coordinator with the LSP for all launch integration related activities and ensure to preserve the quality and integrity of spacecraft, payloads, and any flight hardware.
- Interface with launch site design, critical lift, flight control, and vehicle integration teams to orchestrate operations at the payload processing facility and launch pad
- Enable day-to-day execution of spacecraft/payload integration and checkouts for launch readiness while at LSP site.
- Lead Anomaly Resolution Teams (ART) and seek out the solutions to technical problems with the local LSP team along with the larger Axiom workforce.
- Identify and detail Transportation & Handling requirements and support the development of plans with Axiom’s Logistics Ground Operations team.
- Develop safing operations involving pressurized gas systems for fueling of the spacecraft before launch and coordinate removal of any unused propellant from the Launch Site after Launch.
- Collect and document environmental requirements and provide technical and interface support throughout the design and procurement of Tooling/GSE as required for launch operations.
- Create GSE pre-launch delivery and post-launch return schedules and define allocation plan for use on the next/multiple modules or payloads as required throughout the AI&T lifecycle.
- Coordinate with subsystems, payloads, and Ground & On-Orbit Logistics teams to ensure critical hardware, consumables and GSE delivered on-time to the LSP.
- Support Integration Working Groups, Test Design Reviews, Facilities Readiness Reviews, Test Readiness Reviews, Mission Readiness Reviews, Launch Readiness Reviews, etc.
- Assist in preparation of comprehensive test-related documentation (e.g., qualification & acceptance test plans, data evaluation plans, final test reports, etc.).
- Collaborate with fellow AI&T team members on the assembly & integration of flight and non-flight hardware including spacecraft components, subsystems, and spacecraft propulsion systems as pertinent for final integration and launch operations.
- Perform research and development projects to improve operational efficiency and eliminate time waste while at the LSP site.
- Identify risks and develop mitigation plans related to integration of the spacecraft to the launch vehicle during final assembly, preparation for transportation, and pre-launch activities.
- Direct AI&T technicians to meet aggressive timelines, maintain personnel safety, address off-nominal scenarios, and make critical decisions while onsite at LSP.
- Perform process/job hazard and root cause analyses as needed.
QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each duty and responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
“This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements, and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.”
Education & Experience
- Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Aerospace, Mechanical or other related engineering discipline.
- 5-10 years of current professional experience in the aircraft or spacecraft industry with a proven track record in:
- Developing, writing, executing, and updating integration and test procedures
- Using strong technical writing and communication skills
- Working in 100,000 class or better clean room environments
- Performing integration and test with a strong safety record
- Working successfully in/with multiple disciplines and/or team environment
- Leading test teams as a Test Director or Test Conductor or Test Engineer
- 4+ years of current technical hands-on experience testing or operating in at least one of the following disciplines:
- Fluid/Pressure systems
- Thermal and/or ECLSS systems
- Mechanical and hydraulic systems
- Propulsion Systems
- Avionics or Controls Systems
- Structural Systems or Testing
- Test/Ground Operations
- Experience leading teams for the integration and test of a spacecraft/satellite/launch vehicle or complex system project.
- Working knowledge of test facility instrumentation, data acquisition and control systems.
- Knowledge of systems engineering practices, fabrication techniques, integration processes, test planning, and quality control.
- Experience developing, writing, and updating assembly and test procedures.
- Willingness to coach/lead junior engineers on integration projects.
- Strong technical writing and (horizontal and vertical) communication skills.
- Flexible mindset and strong sense of accountability, integrity, and team focus with extensive multi-project and organizational experience.
- Must be willing to travel to other launch sites in support of operational activities and launches as required (Up to 20%).
- Experience with 3D CAD Software (SolidWorks preferred).
- Excellent computer skills (MS Windows & Office).
- Experience working in a SCRUM/AGILE environment highly desired.
- Knowledge or experience working with ASME, NASA, AWS, OSHA, FAA and other industry and government standards – Desired.
Work Environment: Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on the task.
• Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.
• Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised.
• Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.
• Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of the time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of the time).
• Equipment and Machines
• Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).
- Excellent interpersonal skill
- Excellent communication skill, verbal and written
- Excellent organizational skills
- Result oriented personality with a creative approach to problem solving
- Ability to work in a team environment
Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:
• Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values
• Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics
• Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity
• Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods
• Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources
• Teamwork - Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic and deadline-oriented environment
Axiom Space is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Axiom Space does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.
JOB CODE: 17-2112