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 AI&T Assembly & Integration Technician 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: Our team of diverse and agile integrators is looking for an energetic and dynamic Assembly & Integration Technician who will primarily be responsible for aiding the Assembly, Integration, and Test (AI&T) team with the assembly of flight hardware destined for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) per technical work instructions while ensuring the highest level of quality. We are looking for an individual who is motivated, passionate about space, and excels at problem solving. The ideal candidate should be accustomed to working in a fast-paced environment and enjoys working in a cleanroom on flight hardware while leveraging their experience and skills in several relevant technologies
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
• Read and accurately interpret engineering models, blueprints, wiring diagrams, assembly prints, and schematics.
• Take initiative to clarify uncertainties, and in cooperation with engineering and other technical staff, resolve and/or correct issues as appropriate.
• Operate machines or use hand tools and power tools to secure parts in place.
• Setup and operate a wide range of precision calibrated tools such as torque wrenches, micrometers, calipers, depth gauges and optical measuring instruments.
• Stage, assemble, install, and inspect spacecraft mechanical, electrical, and fluid components by interpreting and utilizing engineering drawings, provided specifications, written assembly instructions, and test procedures.
• Support engineering with diagnosis, troubleshooting, and repair of mechanical spacecraft assemblies from component level to full spacecraft build.
• Support engineering with various component-level and flight vehicle check outs including leak and system checks.
• Support payload handling and integration operations that include handling of spacecraft assemblies.
• Operate material/hardware handling equipment including – but not limited to – forklifts, overhead cranes, aerial lifts, trailer tugs, and other ground support equipment as required.
• Perform spacecraft lifting and handling operations utilizing various slings and other mechanical lifting components per procedures and safety guidelines
• Perform assembly and checkouts of various ground support equipment related to all spacecraft operations.
• Collaborate with Engineers and/or teams of diverse skills and backgrounds to develop and document activities such as assembly work instructions.
• Support root cause analysis and implement corrective action.
• Setup new production work areas, including tooling and equipment.
• Perform routine maintenance functions such as daily clean-up of work areas to support 5S, FOD, clean room, and safety guidelines.
• Consistently apply written, verbal, listening and visual media and skills as appropriate to ensure accurate communication.
• Proactively identify issues and problems and make recommendations regarding candidate solution(s).
• Consistently take ownership of and responsibility for personal and team performance to promote continuous improvement.
• Occasional travel may be required (5-10%).
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
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Industry certification, trade school training and/or degree in related field preferred.
• 0-20+ years of professional experience working in the aviation or aerospace industry in a technical, hands-on capacity working with test, flight and safety critical hardware assemblies that require high attention to detail and quality of workmanship
• Experience in at least one of the following:
o General Aerospace/Spacecraft/Aircraft/Launch Vehicle/Ship manufacturing, assembly, and fabrication (ideally in a clean room environment)
• Some experience in handling large aerospace components and assembling large tight-tolerance structures
• Familiarization with metallic and non-metallic hardware assembly
• Basic computer skills with knowledge in Windows, Microsoft Office, etc.
• Must be proficient in the use of various tools and equipment such as torque wrenches, calipers, micrometers
• Able to abide by all Axiom and other contract safety requirements
• Basic experience with 3D CAD software (SolidWorks preferred)
• Experience working in a SCRUM/AGILE environment highly 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 50 lbs. unassisted. (5%of the time)
• May require working at elevated heights (up to 300 feet) for minimal periods of times
• Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).
• Work may involve activities in confined spaces, suboptimal orientations, proximity to sensitive equipment, etc.
• Work may involve consistent use of clean room apparel and related protocols that ensure maintenance of required cleanliness level(s) in proximity to space flight hardware.
• Usage of equipment, tools, and machines
• Highly organized and detail oriented; able to juggle, prioritize, and keep track of multiple tasks and projects.
• Ability to multi-task, work independently with minimal supervision, and make and communicate the rationale behind key decisions in a constantly evolving fast-paced work environment.
• Strong project and time management skills with a high level of intuition and judgment.
• Must have a “can do” attitude – no job is too big or small, problem solver.
• Ability to take on ownership of projects ad hoc and drive them from beginning to end.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Self-motivated and proactive; creative mind with an ability to suggest improvements.
• Self-assured and energetic self-starter; proactive about learning and motivated to take on additional responsibilities over time.
•Strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to integrate quickly into a small team and represent the company with integrity.
• Professional, confident, driven, and dynamic.
• Passionate about creating an inclusive workplace where people from different backgrounds can succeed.
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.