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CHEMICAL ENGINEER, LAUNCH PAD (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 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.
- Work closely with other engineers to increase system automation
- Write procedures for system activation and maintenance
- Select components, such as valves, pumps, piping, tanks, and filters, and provide detailed specifications for their purchase
- Complete design and drafting of schematics (P&IDs)
- Interact with vendors and resolve technical warranty issues
- Interact with other engineers to design the physical piping layout of the fluids systems
- Assist with advanced troubleshooting
- Own and perform all activation testing with a small team of engineers and technicians
- Provide innovative solutions to problems while working with minimal supervision
- Represent SpaceX by presenting certification packages and engineering data to U.S. government agencies including NASA, US Air Force and other DoD customers
- Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
- 2+ years of experience within the last 5 years with fluid systems, hydraulics and/or HVAC systems
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Master's degree in engineering
- Self-starter that will seek out the solutions to technical problems with the local team along with the larger SpaceX workforce
- Hands-on experience working with complex fluid or mechanical systems in a professional setting or outside the classroom project team
- Demonstrated expertise in the design of propellant and gas systems
- Experience modeling fluid system prior to construction
- Experience troubleshooting systems utilizing remote operations and instrumentation feedback
- Experience with fluid systems engineering, assembly, operation or test
- Good written and oral communication; especially translating technical concepts for non-technical audiences
- General hands-on mechanical experience: automotive, robotics, rocketry, etc.
- Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding atmosphere
- Sound verbal and written communication skills
- Must be willing to travel to other SpaceX locations as necessary
- Work schedule may vary depending on site operational needs, and flexibility is required
- Ability to lift 35 lbs. unassisted
- Lifting, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position
- 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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