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Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Engineer

Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Engineer

Avionics - Systems Integration
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.
Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Engineer


Our Electromagnetic Environmental Effects team works to ensure our avionics hardware will perform when integrated into a complex and delicate system of both sensitive and high-power avionics that must operate through some of the harshest electromagnetic environments imaginable. The team performs exhaustive avionics analysis, design, and test at the board, unit, subsystem, and system levels with work that reaches out to almost all of the departments at SpaceX.  As such, they work closely with a significant number of teams within the company, most amounting to: the hardware design teams, production teams, structures teams, propulsion teams, launch, and mission management teams.  They are one of the few teams that interface with almost all aspects of the company as well as getting significant hands on time with flight hardware. They play a crucial role in the development of our systems particularly as we advance our efforts towards satellites and creating safe, reliable, inexpensive, and innovative systems that push the boundaries in size and mass.

  • Design rockets, spacecraft, and satellites for electromagnetic compatibility
  • Set requirements and ensure that designs meet EMI/EMC requirements
  • Interface with, coach, and set requirements with various design teams all around the company
  • Perform electromagnetic interference design and troubleshooting analysis
  • Perform analysis and design relating to: circuit grounding architectures, circuit transient protection, structural bonding, circuit isolation, transfer impedance, shielding effectiveness, effects of radiated/conducted emissions & susceptibility, near field/far field electric fields, welding, corona, computational electromagnetics, effects of space plasma, lightning, surface/bulk/triboelectric charging, etc.
  • Design and perform tests to validate the analyses and designs from the previous bullet
  • Write documents and control plans as needed
  • Troubleshoot EMI events from system to board level
  • Operate a variety of EMI, RF, and electronics test equipment
  • Independently perform verifications and document results in a clear, precise, and complete manner
  • Support Engineering Management with confidence; think creatively -- question the status quo, while following documentation and maintaining prescribed quality standards.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Minimum of 1-2 years’ technical experience working with E3/EMI/EMC design
  • Bachelor of Science Degree in electrical engineering, physics or other engineering discipline

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Advanced Degree in Electrical Engineering, Physics or other technical areas of study
  • Knowledge of EMI/EMC requirements and testing.  This includes: grounding, bonding, shielding, design for low radiated emissions, lightning, electromagnetic field coupling, Ohm's law, Maxwell's equations, boundary conditions, image charge/current, lumped element modeling, effects of space plasma, welding, corona, charging, and arc discharge
  • Knowledge of materials and their electrical properties including paint, anodize, magnaplate, nickel plate, alodine, surface finish, electrical conductivity, volume resistivity, surface resistance
  • Experience with both conducted and radiated EMI/EMC analysis
  • Experience with reading, interpreting and following: Circuit schematics, PCB layouts, engineering drawings, BOMs, cable harnesses, wiring schematics, interface diagrams, layout drawings, mechanical drawings and CAD software
  • Demonstrated experience troubleshooting EMI events from system to board level
  • Demonstrated experience with MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-464, DO-160, SSP 30237, SSP 30238, NASA-HDBK-4001, NASA-STD-4003 documentation
  • Strong knowledge of plasma/space physics, dielectric breakdown, RF principals, RF engineering
  • Experience preferred in fast-paced work environment with flight hardware
  • Able to adapt to constantly changing work assignments
  • Excellent concentration and attention to detail with outstanding work efficiency and accuracy
  • Ability to effectively communicate (verbal and written) with Engineering and Production

Additional Requirements:

  • Able to work extended hours and weekends as needed
  • Able to travel for short and extended trips as needed

ITAR Requirements:

  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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 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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