Spacecraft Propulsion Technician
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.
Spacecraft Propulsion Technician
This Propulsion Technician will be supporting the Dragon Components Assembly & Test efforts. The responsibilities entail preparing test stands using flow meters, pressure gauges, pressure transducers, torque sensors, dynameters, regulators, meeting valves, variable speed drives, variable frequency drives, power panels and equipment. The team will build components for up to 6 spacecraft per year, combining crewed and cargo spacecraft.
- Responsible for cleaning of tools, valves, regulators etc. Responsible for maintaining a professional and neat work area.
- Responsible for staging, installing, set-up, testing and de-staging of production, repair and overhaul engines.
- Troubleshoot engines and cell systems.
- Operate test cell instrumentation and uses computer network systems, as well as test units as described in the Test Instruction.
- Accept or reject test units based on calculated test data and results.
- Performs work according to procedures, specifications and test instructions.
- High school diploma or GED.
- 2 years of experience working on Aircraft or Rocket engines.
- Assembly experience.
Preferred Skills and Experience:
- Experience working at SpaceX.
- Complete training in the staging, installation, removal and de-staging of Propulsion engines.
- A & P license strongly desired.
- Experience with pressure, temperature and flow measurement devices, and mechanical and electrical systems.
- 5 years of aerospace engines experience.
- Strong mathematical, basic computer, problem solving and decision making skills, and strong written and verbal communication skills.
- The ability to work independently or as part of a team, meet aggressive schedules, operate and understand readouts on standard cell instrumentation: CRT screens, Daytronics & amp; Vibration Analyzer, and make full use of computer network systems.
- Must be able to lift at least 25 lbs. unassisted.
- Must be willing to travel. Up to 5%.
- Must be able to climb ladders and be comfortable working in tight spaces.
- Must be willing to work all shifts, over time, and weekends as needed.
- 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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