Launch - EngineeringLAUNCH ENGINEER - FALCON 9 STAGE 1 OPERATIONSJoin a talented and highly motivated team of engineers, making rapid and reliable rocket reuse the industry standard. Help us build and maintain a growing fleet of reusable orbital class boosters, test and validate flight vehicle dura

Launch Engineer, Falcon 9 Stage 1 Operations

SpaceX • 
Cape Canaveral, Florida, United States
Position Type: Permanent
Job Description:
Launch - Engineering

Join a talented and highly motivated team of engineers, making rapid and reliable rocket reuse the industry standard. Help us build and maintain a growing fleet of reusable orbital class boosters, test and validate flight vehicle durability, and continually improve our maintenance specifications and processes.
  • Support integration teams in processing new and flight-proven Falcon 9 Stage 1 vehicles, in the pursuit of rapid and reliable rocket launch and re-use
  • Develop and execute procedures for the checkout and integration of flight proven rockets and ground support equipment
  • Assist with and lead hands-on assembly, integration, and testing of new and flight-proven vehicle assemblies
  • Collaborate with engineering staff from other departments and SpaceX locations on critical operations, off-nominal test results, and flight readiness
  • Partner with, and provide direction to highly skilled field technicians on a daily basis
  • Design and develop tools and hardware to enable vehicle assembly and conduct vehicle system testing
  • Identify high-risk processes and problems during refurbishment and new vehicle processing, and proactively implement improvements to ensure operational excellence
  • Lead and facilitate root cause and corrective action investigations to ensure that issues related to product reliability and quality that cause downstream disruption are corrected
  • Rapidly develop and refine manufacturing assembly procedures based on lessons learned
  • Manage work orders and the driving of non-conformances into actionable items and system improvements
Job Requirements:
  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering related discipline such as electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechatronics, mechanical engineering, and/or aerospace engineering
  • 1+ years of hands-on experience with mechanical, electrical and/or fluid systems in the design, manufacturing, or implementation phases (class projects and/or internship experience count)
  • 3+ years of professional experience designing, building, integrating, and testing complex multi-disciplinary systems
  • Experience writing test plans and test procedures
  • Experience working on projects that involve the integration of electrical, mechanical, and software systems (launch vehicle and/or spacecraft experience is not required)
  • Proficient in or hands-on experience with one or more of the following: launch vehicle or spacecraft integration; composite structure design or testing; test operations with gases/fluids; data acquisition setup and field measurements
  • Professional experience testing and operating with or around hazardous systems (high pressure, high energy, hazardous gases/fluids, etc.)
  • Professional experience working with large assembly moves (e.g. crane operations)
  • Flight hardware avionics experience
  • Ability to communicate clearly and accurately with a wide range of people
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, autonomously driven, and demanding start-up atmosphere
  • Ability to learn, lead others, and help others learn while maintaining productivity
  • Advanced degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, computer science, mechatronics, mechanical engineering, and/or aerospace engineering
  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral
  • Physical effort including standing, lifting and carrying moderately heavy materials or equipment (15 to 50 lbs.)
  • Overall mental fitness with the ability to work in a high-concentration, high-stress environment requiring prolonged mental concentration (under possible extended work hours)
  • Ability to spend time at sea for days at a time
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Willingness to work outdoors
  • 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.
SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.
Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

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