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.
The Avionics Systems Integration Manager is responsible for leading a team of engineers in the design, build, integration, and testing of vehicle systems on Starship; the vehicle that will take humanity to Mars. In this position you will develop a cross-functional team of engineers that provide end-to-end coverage of avionics systems and are ultimately responsible for verifying the as-built hardware is “go-for-launch.” This role will partner closely with adjacent Starship organizations to continuously improve the design and manufacturability of avionics systems and hardware, and will represent avionics in vehicle-level trades and executive level communications.
- Lead a team of multi-discipline avionics engineers to enable the rapid progress of design, integration, test, and launch activities
- Create, maintain, and communicate development schedules with sufficient detail to ensure that all assigned personnel are aware of theirs tasks and deadlines
- Act as avionics liaison between Starship leadership/operations and avionics production and integration
- Represent the avionics system in vehicle-level cross-disciplinary trades
- Work with avionics production to triage, troubleshoot, root cause, and repair issues on an aggressive production schedule
- Support production operations in the execution of ground test operations during the electrical integration and test campaign
- Design electrical harnessing for flight and test applications, and integrate on assembly
- Create and execute electrical test plans and test procedures for the flight vehicle
- Perform manufacturing assessments of new designs and drive optimization for manufacturability and cost
- Create comprehensive engineering documentation and assembly level work instructions necessary for the transition from prototype to production including both written and visual work instructions
- Verify avionics system test coverage on flight or flight-representative hardware at the system level and validate the as-built vehicle is “go for launch”
- Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline, science or math
- 4+ years of experience with design, integration, operation, and/or testing of electronic systems and components
- Experience leading teams
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Creative problem solver that can bring multiple disciplines together with the ability to assess risk and make design and development decisions without all available data
- Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding atmosphere
- Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight
- Experience with executive level communication
- Experience designing and building autonomous fault-tolerant robotic systems
- Self-motivated with strong multi-tasking, organizational, communication and documentation skills
- Experience with wire harnesses and associated sub-components
- Experience with mechanical design and assemblies
- Experience with software (e.g. python, SQL)
- Experience installing and troubleshooting various electronic sensors and components
- Competence with electrical test equipment (multimeters, oscilloscopes, power supplies, etc.)
- Experience with 3D CAD software (NX, Solidworks or similar)
- Knowledge of and experience in analog to digital and digital to analog converters, power supply components and design, analog testing/troubleshooting techniques, and signal integrity, layout and grounding principles
- Experience with written and visual work instructions
- Strong sense of accountability and integrity with excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Position is based in South Texas with travel to Hawthorne as needed
- Extended hours and weekend work may be required to support critical project and mission milestones
- 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.
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