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Avionics R&D Wire Harness Technician - Temporary Position

Avionics R&D Wire Harness Technician - Temporary Position

Avionics - Hardware Design

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.



  • Independently fabricate harness assemblies and fabricate electro-mechanical assemblies from rough sketches
  • Validate parts lists for avionics hardware used in assembly
  • Support fabrication of development designs from preliminary drawings such as mechanical assembly of hardware units, soldering and wiring
  • Provide feedback to responsible design engineer on assembly process improvement
  • Provide daily updates on projects using MS Outlook and/or JIRA
  • Adapt to constant changing work assignments and fast paced work environment
  • Independently perform verifications and documents results in a clear, precise and complete manner
  • Think creatively; question the status quo, while following documentation and maintaining prescribed quality standards


This is a temporary position with SpaceX, for the length of time as stated, and is subject to change with minimal notice as business needs dictate.

  • LENGTH OF POSITION: 6 months
  • LOCATION: Hawthorne, CA
  • SHIFT: 1st shift


  • Associate’s degree in an electronics discipline or a technical electronics certification with 3 years of direct work experience
  • Experience with wire harnessing 


  • 5+ years of experience with wire harnessing or electro-mechanical assemblies
  • NASA-STD-8739.3 certification (currently or previously held)
  • NASA-STD-8739.4 certification (currently or previously held)
  • IPC-/WHMA-A-620C certification for harness fabrication (currently or previously held)
  • Ability to read electrical and harness schematics
  • Ability to operate DMM to perform continuity checks on harnesses
  • Ability to solder 0201 components under microscope
  • Demonstrated experience fabricating harness and electro-mechanical assemblies and prototype development
  • Demonstrated experience and ability to read, interpret and follow drawings
  • Proficient with computers and the ability to use MS Office, shop floor management software such as ERP or other related programs
  • Experience preferred in fast-paced engineering environment with flight hardware


  • Preference for candidates currently residing within a commutable distance of the work location. Relocation assistance is not available for this role
  • Must be able to use power tools for cutting and drilling metal or plastic
  • Must know how to use measurement tools such as tape measure and calipers
  • Must be able to climb on ladder to reach shelved items
  • Must be able to sit or stand for long periods of time working on test beds
  • Must be able to grasp and squeeze throughout shift
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs unassisted
  • Willing to work overtime and weekends as needed


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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 the 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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