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The Test Administrator works in conjunction with Integration and Test engineers to perform pneumatics and avionics checkouts for the Falcon 9 rocket. The battery of tests conducted certifies the rocket’s proper integration and are the initial gating items to a successful test and launch campaign. This position requires working directly with flight hardware to verify integrity and produce quality launch vehicles at a high rate.
- Manage testing schedule and equipment across all areas of responsibility.
- Develop and document test procedures with test engineers and test technicians.
- Maintain testing flow by monitoring steps of the process, setting processing variables, observing control points and equipment, monitoring personnel and resources, and studying methods.
- Serve as subject matter expert on test equipment and test execution.
- Maintain constant communication with Production and Engineering management to establish testing schedule and processes.
- Train all personnel involved in testing on how to setup and conduct tests.
- Initiate and foster a spirit of cooperation within and between departments.
- Maintain test hardware to ensure test readiness to include calibrated components and equipment checkouts.
- Conduct and supervise tests with engineers and technicians according to test procedures.
- Provide preliminary data and test results.
- Provide training for area supervisors to ensure that all requirements for testing are met and continue to monitor overall area test readiness.
- Assist in design, facilitate manufacturing and materials purchasing, and manage all first-issue required test equipment for all responsible areas.
- Conduct ground support equipment audits for potential shortfalls with maintenance schedules and evolutional testing.
- Interface with Production engineers and technicians to develop procedures and policies to hand off test responsibilities to production entities.
- Manage work orders and issue tickets into actionable items and system improvements.
- Analyze test data and develop appropriate interpretation strategy for remote acceptance.
- High school diploma or GED.
- At least 5 years of experience operating and testing avionics, hydraulic, and/or pneumatic systems.
- At least 2 years of experience in a leadership position.
- Proficient managing inventories of equipment and tools.
- Proficient computer skills. Comfortable with using email and the Microsoft Office suite.
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Airframe and Powerplant license.
- Technical degree from an accredited college or university.
- Experience with aircraft, spacecraft, rocketry or similar integration and test operations.
- Experience working in a fast-paced environment where complex operations must be performed in a time critical fashion with high quality.
- Experience bringing teams and process from development to production.
- Experience with avionics or electrical systems.
- Experience running tests with LabView.
- Experience with stainless steel and titanium tube bending.
- Experience with conducting procedures from a manual or publication.
- Knowledge of production efficiency dealing with quality standards and practices.
- Knowledge of and experience with hydraulic and pneumatic actuators, valves, regulators and other pressurized components.
- Effective written and verbal communication skills.
- Willing to travel for short trips as needed, up to 5% travel.
- Must be available to work extended hours and some weekends as needed.
- Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds unassisted.
- Must be able to stand for extended periods of time.
- 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.
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