CHEMICAL ENGINEER

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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.

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.

CHEMICAL ENGINEER

As a chemical engineer you will be responsible for critical ground fluids system required for launching our Falcon 9 rocket. These fluids include our liquid oxygen, RP-1 kerosene, helium, nitrogen, hydraulics, water, TEA-TEB, and air conditioning systems. You will oversee key aspects of the fluid systems. Core responsibilities include system design, analysis, implementation, activation, and sustainment planning.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Ensure fluids meet required specifications for launch and correct quantities are on hand.
  • Work closely with other engineers to increase system automation.
  • Work in a control room setting to verify systems are launch ready.
  • Perform complex troubleshooting to resolve fluid system issues.
  • Write procedures for system activation and maintenance.
  • Select components such as valves, pumps, piping, tanks, and filters; provide detailed specifications for their purchase.
  • Complete design and drafting of schematics (P&IDs).
  • Interact with other engineers to design the physical piping layout of the fluids systems.
  • Provide innovative solutions to problems while working with minimal supervision.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in chemical, mechanical, or aerospace engineering.
  • 2+ years of experience 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.
  • Experience working with complex fluid Systems.
  • Demonstrated expertise in the design of propellant and gas systems.
  • Experience modeling fluid systems prior to construction.
  • Experience troubleshooting systems utilizing remote operations and instrumentation feedback.
  • Experience with fluid systems engineering, assembly, operation or test.
  • General hands-on mechanical experience: automotive, robotics, rocketry, etc.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg.
  • Willing to travel to other SpaceX locations as necessary.
  • Must be willing to work long hours and occasional weekends when necessary to support launch and critical project timelines.
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs. unassisted.
  • Lifting, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position.

ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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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