You are here

Vehicle Integration Technician

Vehicle Integration Technician

Rocket Launch Facility - Vandenberg

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.

VEHICLE INTEGRATION TECHNICIAN

SpaceX is looking for motivated, energetic, and enthusiastic mechanical technicians to assist with launch site assembly and test of the Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

Our team of integration engineers and technicians is tight-knit and we regularly accomplish feats that were previously thought improbable. In addition to the required experience below, our ideal candidate needs to demonstrate exceptional personal initiative and the ability to maintain composure and a good attitude in demanding technical situations. Whether they are working with critical flight systems or a shovel, SpaceX employees must be responsible, hardworking, and conscientious of the quality of work they are performing. We need people who are not afraid to use their technical ability to not only identify issues, but propose solutions and implement corrections. You must be able to produce high quality work in a timely manner while continually looking forward to focus on process improvements to streamline work and save costs.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Stage, set up, assemble, test, and install flight hardware
  • Hands-on operations with both large as well as small, fragile assemblies
  • Use various mechanical tools without instruction
  • Maintain and install fluid system components from a schematic or drawing including ball and check valves, pressure regulators and gauges, etc.
  • Troubleshoot operational issues found during activation of fluid and mechanical systems including but not limited to hydraulic systems, high pressure nitrogen and helium systems, and cryogenic systems
  • Work with a team of technicians and engineers to ensure systems and mechanical equipment is built with the highest level of quality to support the successful launch of our multimillion dollar launch vehicle. Core traits that empower this success are strong written and oral communication skills, a meticulous attention to detail, an emphasis on safety, cleanliness, adherence to corporate policies and standards, and the ability to work with a team

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • High school diploma or GED
  • 5+ years of relevant professional experience interpreting technical data and using manual and powered tools

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook)
  • Experience working in a clean room environment
  • Knowledge of pressure, temperature, and flow measurement devices
  • Experience maintaining a propulsion test stand in the aerospace industry
  • Experience working at a rocket launch facility and supporting launch campaigns
  • Experience maintaining and troubleshooting complex fluid and mechanical systems
  • Military aviation experience as a propulsion or airframe technician
  • Associates degree in aerospace technology or equivalent area of study
  • Skill in operating and manipulating machinery and various hand and power tools requiring manual dexterity
  • Experience with forklifts, cranes, and heavy equipment
  • Familiarity with calibrated measurement devices including load cells, multimeters, calipers, torque wrenches, depth gauges, and micrometers

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must pass Vandenberg Air Force background check
  • Must be willing to travel (approximately 10%) to other launch sites as necessary
  • Must be willing to work 50+ hours a week (overtime) when necessary to support launch and critical project timelines, flexibility required
  • Must be able to lift 35 lbs. unassisted
  • Lifting, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position
  • Must be able to work at elevated heights (up to 300 feet), including the use of ladders
  • Must be willing to operate heavy machinery
  • Must be able to work in confined spaces
  • Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain, ice
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise

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.

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

Job Location