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Thermal Development Technician

Thermal Development Technician

Manufacturing and Production - Operations

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.

Thermal Development Technician

Responsibilities:

  • Laminate fabrication, including prepreg and wet layup.
  • Laminate assemblies by determining proper placement of composite materials into molds.
  • Prepare parts for bagging, including placement of bleeders, thermocouples, probes and vacuum connections. Check seals on completed bagged parts for leaks.
  • Perform vacuum bag processing, bonding, and oven/autoclave curing.
  • Assemble structures including setup, bonding and fastener applications.
  • Use solvents to prepare surfaces for sealing or assembly.
  • Work with silicones.
  • Make basic layouts on parts or assemblies in order to establish reference points and to check dimensions using calipers, micrometers, precision scales and torque wrenches.
  • Must be able to work per engineering drawings as well as both written and verbal instructions, and work with engineers to develop composite hardware fabrication and assembly processes/tooling.
  • Layout and measure patterns on epoxy and polyurethane foams, aluminum and wood.
  • Cut and shape patterns using planes, shaves, files, sure foams, scrapers, routers, hotwires, mills and lathes.
  • Apply sealers, releases, base coats and finish coats using various spray equipment.
  • Document processes precisely to be able to replicate each step taken in the material processing.
  • Perform product inspection and rework as required.
  • Read and interpret engineering drawings, and understanding for drawing symbols, flag notes and general notes.

Basic Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 2 years experience with layup, bonding or assembly of composites or chemical processes.
  • Experience with composite tooling materials. 
  • Experience with various types of hand tools or hand-held power tools.

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience setting up assemblies and parts in various types of processing and curing equipment such as an autoclave, oven or platens press in order to obtain desired set and cure.
  • Skilled in use of torch equipment and mechanical testing (mainly Instron).
  • Experience reaming and honing and/or countersinking of uniform close tolerance holes in proper sequence while using the correct tool for the job (e.g., rivet gun and bucking bar, drill motor, power screwdriver, C-squeeze, ratchet wrench, nut runner).
  • Experience with Thermal Protection System (TPS) or Phenolic Impregnated Carbon Ablator (PICA).
  • Ability to operate a laser tracker.
  • Experience applying sealant, alodine, primer, adhesives, and special finishes.

Additional Requirements:

  • Willing to travel.
  • Able to climb ladders and work in tight spaces.
  • Willing to work significant overtime when necessary.
  • Able to lift and carry up to 40lbs.
  • Standing for long periods of time, climbing up and down ladders, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, and stretching are generally required to perform the functions of this position.

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.

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, 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 Resource Department at (310) 363-6000.

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