LAUNCH ENGINEER, CONTROL & FLIGHT OPERATIONS (FALCON)

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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.

LAUNCH ENGINEER, CONTROL & FLIGHT OPERATIONS (FALCON)

SpaceX is currently seeking an all-star to join the Launch Operations team in Cape Canaveral, FL. As a Launch Engineer in the Operations group, you will have the opportunity to utilize your multi-disciplinary knowledge, experience, and creativity to develop methods that maximize launch efficiency without sacrificing safety or reliability.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Control launch vehicle, launch pad, recovery vessels/sites, and launch countdown as a primary launch controller for SpaceX’s fleet of vehicles
  • Serve as the main point of contact for launch readiness, launch anomaly resolutions, and day-to-day launch pad operations
  • Evaluate ground and flight operations to drive streamlined control room operations
  • Use fluid dynamic, thermodynamic, low voltage electrical, and mechanical system knowledge to provide guidance to teams as they troubleshoot and resolve issues in a fast-paced environment
  • Work closely with design teams to spearhead the implementation of hardware, software, and process improvements to drive towards a rapid launch-to-launch cadence
  • Develop software and processes that automate how SpaceX tests and validates ground and vehicle software
  • Help design automation back-end software to optimize how operators interact with hardware

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, physics, computer science, or other engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of experience in a test, automation, or integration engineering role

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience working at a rocket launch/test facility and supporting launch/test campaigns
  • Experience working on projects that involve the integration of electrical, mechanical, and software systems
  • Demonstrated expertise with instrumentation and control components (pressure transducers, thermocouples, RTDs, strain gauges, accelerometers, flow meters, load cells, relays, solenoid, pneumatic valves, etc.)
  • Experience testing and operating with or around hazardous systems (high pressure, high energy, hazardous gases and fluids, etc.)
  • Strong work ethic and drive for constant improvement, balanced with the ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure, fast paced environment
  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written) and the ability to clearly and concisely articulate complex problems to a wide variety of audiences
  • Strong project management skills

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral
  • Must be willing to work weekends and night shifts as launch manifest dictates
  • Must be willing to travel to other launch sites in support of operational activities and launches; travel requirement is up to 15%
  • Flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required
  • Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small openings and climbing hand over hand
  • Ability to work in outdoor environments as required for system troubleshooting

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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