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Ground Support Equipment Technician

Ground Support Equipment Technician

Manufacturing and Production - Technicians and Trade Skills

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.

Ground Support Equipment (GSE) Technician


  • Provide technician GSE support which involves building, installing, maintaining and troubleshooting equipment such as pumps, tanks, valves and plumbing related to the high pressure and low pressure Helium, Nitrogen, and Argon gas infrastructure, and other aspects of the site facilities
  • Maintain, trouble shoot, and repair equipment and instrumentation as needed including caring for delicate calibrated equipment/tooling like gauges, transducers, and sensors
  • Operate and maintain hardware, high pressure systems and pumps, and other ancillary equipment including pneumatic components up to 20,000psi MEOP
  • Collaborate with design/facility engineers to develop, build, and test new equipment and systems
  • Ensure all materials are clean and inspected according to Clean for Oxygen Service Standards
  • Build and maintain clean fluid test carts, pressure test panels, electrical harnesses, and frames/mounting hardware as necessary
  • Obtain and maintain licenses, operator permits or certifications as required
  • Follow all necessary regulations and appropriate SpaceX procedures including quality policies, safety policies, OSHA, EPA, NIOSH, NFPA, ASME, NEC, etc. standards
  • Develop novel ways site wide to streamline processes and increase the reliability of testing operations

Basic Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Associate's degree
  • A&P License
  • Experience in the space exploration industry, military or other high-reliability operating environment
  • Experience in ground support equipment in an aerospace industry
  • Mechanical aptitude and experience (work with machines and general tooling)
  • Experience in process piping install, especially stainless steel compression tubing/fittings
  • Experience with medium pressure (MP) gaseous/liquid systems and cone and thread piping
  • A demonstrated experience where quick-thinking and problem solving plays a critical role
  • Experience using test instrumentation and control components
  • Knowledge of all types of bore scope inspection equipment
  • Knowledge of different fittings such as NPT, AN, MP
  • Ability to utilize power tools and hand tools as well as heavy equipment
  • Use of precision measuring instruments
  • Ability to read and understand mechanical and electrical schematics
  • Knowledge of hazardous systems – cryogenic, flammable, hypergolic, pyrophoric
  • Knowledge of high pressure system design and handling

Additional Requirements:

  • General physical fitness is required for some work areas, flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required, also the ability to lift heavy objects is required in this position >50lbs
  • Valid Driver’s License, and a clean driving record
  • Ability to work at elevated heights
  • Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
  • Typically 50 hour work weeks, schedule varies depending on site operational needs, flexibility required
  • Overtime is frequently required for particular tasks or test series

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.


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