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Materials & Process Engineer - Avionics

Materials & Process Engineer - Avionics

Avionics - Hardware Design

Space Exploration Technologies

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Materials & Process Engineer - Avionics


  • Assess materials used in avionics hardware under the constraints of outgassing, thermal expansion, fatigue, and modulus
  • Test or review materials for compliance to customer requirements NASA-STD-6016 and SMC-S-011 as well as industry standards such as IPC, AEC, and ASTM.  Generate or tailor test plans in accordance with NASA-STD-6001 or equivalent.
  • PCB and PCBA qualification per IPC-STD-6012 Class 3
  • Review electronic piece parts for compatibility with surface mount solder assembly line (solder footprint, thermal shock sensitivity, and moisture sensitivity)
  • Perform failure analysis of electronic components and printed circuit board assemblies, implement corrective actions based on findings using standardized analysis techniques
  • Recommend and qualify adhesive bonding materials for space applications
  • Develop and validate process controls for existing printed circuit board assembly processes such as soldering, bonding, and conformal coating
  • Develop and qualify new processes or process improvements in the areas of soldering, bonding, and conformal coating

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors of Science in Materials Science Engineering, Chemical Engineering or similar technical area of study
  • 4 years of related experience
  • Demonstrated ability to complete a failure analysis investigation with little or no supervision and implement corrective actions

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Experience in drawing (mechanical, PCBA, PCB) and specification review
  • Hands-on experience in electronic assembly.  Experience with destructive physical analysis of components and piece part failure modes a strong plus. 
  • Comprehensive knowledge in IPC-J-STD-001 Class 3, NASA-STD-8739 series, IPC-STD-2222 Class 3, IPC-STD-6012 Class 3, or industry equivalent.
  • Knowledge of NASA-STD-6016, SMC-S-011 and industry material specifications
  • Familiarity with NASA MAPTIS database
  • Previous exposure to ROHS compliance, leaded or lead free soldering
  • Capable of solving complex problems with little to no supervision on schedule as an individual or as a member of an integrated team
  • Strong work ethic and self-starter

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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