Recovery Engineer (Fairing)
Launch - Engineering
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.
RECOVERY ENGINEER (FAIRING)
- Lead fairing recovery missions and hardware. This includes, contracting vendors, creating cost estimates, developing and authoring field procedures, managing a team, and leading recovery operations in the field.
- Work to enhance vehicle reusability through operational gains and new innovative hardware. This includes identifying requirements, developing procedures, and working with several design and operations teams within SpaceX to ensure vehicles are processed quickly and efficiently to prep for reuse.
- Develop fairing recovery capabilities. This includes, planning concept of operations, developing and participating in training programs, and designing and implementing ground support equipment.
- Resolve complex issues on vessel hardware, identify root cause and implement corrective actions to prevent recurring issues.
- Process flown hardware.
- Gap fill resource shortages on other recovery operations which could include Falcon 9, Crew Dragon, or Cargo Dragon.
- Bachelor's degree in mechanical, aerospace, naval, or marine engineering.
- 1+ years of experience building, maintaining, and modifying complex mechanical hardware (internships and/or class projects count).
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Experience designing, testing and/or maintaining fluid or electrical systems.
- Prior experience working with aerospace flight hardware and offshore operations.
- Testing experience, including setting test objectives, writing test plans, and hands-on testing.
- Experience operating and troubleshooting remote-operated ground control systems.
- Experience with critical operations where real-time decision making affected success criteria.
- Experience working directly with technicians
- Experience using Linux, including Ubuntu and Linux Terminal
- Basic typist skills; including ability to touch type and able to maintain >25 WPM
- Extensive marine/offshore experience.
- Comfortable supporting offshore operations and does not get debilitating sea-sickness.
- Must be able to climb ladders and work in tight spaces.
- Willing to work with hazardous materials.
- Must be able to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small openings, climbing hand over hand, and lifting 25 lbs.
- Must be able to work at elevated heights (up to 300 feet), including the use of ladders and lifts.
- Must be able to climb up and down stairs regularly throughout the day.
- Able to work in confined spaces.
- Willing to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain, wind, open ocean.
- Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise.
- When necessary, must be willing to work long hours and weekends to support launch and critical project timelines.
- Ability to work on offshore vessels for extended durations without access to emergency services normally available on shore.
- Must be willing to travel.
- Ability to operate heavy machinery.
- Ability to pass Air Force background check for Cape Canaveral.
- Position is subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testing.
- 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.
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