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Communication Systems Technician

Communication Systems 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.


COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS TECHNICIAN

SpaceX technicians work in a fast-paced environment, supporting a variety of propulsion and structural systems tests. The Communications Technician will provide technical expertise in the areas of communications, instrumentation, and data acquisition hardware in support of our launch vehicles and spacecraft. 

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Read and interpret planning documents, schematics, wiring diagrams, specifications, drawings, manuals, blueprints, and engineering sketches
  • Install, terminate, test, troubleshoot, and document test results for fiber, network, and RF cabling
  • Install, test, and troubleshoot audio, video, and RF systems
  • Install cable pathway systems (cable trays, cable racks, J-hooks or D-rings)
  • Install, terminate, test, label, and document horizontal, backbone and other cables
  • Build out telecommunication and equipment rooms
  • Install connectors, connector pins, terminals, and lugs
  • Perform continuity checks, locate and correct wiring errors using measuring instruments
  • Investigate, diagnose, correct, and document instrumentation or system malfunctions
  • Perform complex technical assignments involving communications systems, instrumentation and data acquisition/processing systems
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 3+ years of experience working with fiber optics; network and telephony installation; and/or AV installation, test, troubleshooting, and repair

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Associate’s degree in information systems, computer networking, electrical systems, or related field
  • Fiber installation and maintenance certifications
  • Strong knowledge of industry standards (BICSI, NEC, TIA/EIA); articulating Boom lifts; different types of fiber (MM, SM) for interior and exterior usage; Cat5E, Cat6 and Cat6A data cabling; and cable pathways such as conduit, fire penetrations and cable trays
  • Advanced knowledge of the telecom network best practices and concepts including network security, network architecture design, technical standards and deliverables, troubleshooting tools (e.g., line analyzers, breakout boxes, and network traces), software and hardware installation and configuration, network hardware, and protocols (e.g., TCP/IP, DLC, and ASYNC)
  • Working knowledge of audio, video, and wireless systems and the installation standards
  • Operational knowledge of oscilloscopes and multi-meters, soldering wires and connectors, various crimping tools, wire stripping techniques, ohm’s law, continuity testing, pinning out a military type connector, routing and tie wrapping cables, drilling and tapping holes, and building junction boxes 
  • Background should include experience with the following devices: DC power supplies, DC-DC convertors, UPS installations, heat shrink tubing, cable harnessing, lacing, and proper strain relief concepts
  • Working knowledge of multiple bus architectures (PCI/PCIe, PXI/PXIe, GPIB, Serial, USB, etc.) and data communication technologies
  • Demonstrated capabilities in the development of comprehensive project plans that include all tasks, stage/gate milestones, and reviews necessary to successfully develop and implement solutions
  • Intermediate skill level using Windows Operating Systems

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • General physical fitness is required for some work areas
  • Flight hardware is typically built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs.
  • 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 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 and flexibility is required
  • Must pass Vandenberg Air Force Base background check

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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