Launch Engineer, Propulsion (Dragon Component Maintenance)
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.
LAUNCH ENGINEER, PROPULSION (DRAGON COMPONENT MAINTENANCE)
SpaceX is currently seeking talented individuals for a position on the Dragon Maintenance team, focused on components and subassemblies. As a part of the team, you will have the opportunity to utilize your knowledge, experience and creativity to develop novel solutions in human spaceflight manufacturing and re-usability. You will support the refurbishment and testing of propulsion flight hardware, including transitioning processing to a new facility. You will have ownership of your work and team in all phases of Maintenance. The role will also provide an opportunity to establish aircraft-like operations on Dragon as well as interface with engineering and production teams across the program.
- Own engineering deliverables for the stand-up of a new production facility focused on both propulsion component refurbishment and integrated system testing
- Identify, plan, and execute capital equipment, machine, and floor layout to meet volume production demand
- Develop and refine integrated planning documents that are inclusive of varying hardware configurations and work scope
- Develop and refine inspection, repair/retrofit, assembly, system test requirements and procedures based on lessons learned from both flight and ground operations
- Enable day to day execution on the shop floor through resolution of technical issues
- Work closely with design engineers to evaluate designs for manufacturability and implementation in a rapidly evolving production environment
- Design and develop tools to enable component processing and ensure product reliability
- Closely collaborate with engineering staff from other departments and highly skilled technicians on a daily basis
- Work with a government or commercial customer to fulfill contractual requirements for flight hardware refurbishment
- Manage and track multiple priorities while maintaining a focus towards common project goals
- Seek out the solutions to technical problems with the local team along with the larger SpaceX workforce
- Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, physics, aerospace engineering, electrical engineering or other engineering discipline
- 1+ years of hands on experience driving the design, manufacturing, or development of mechanical components or systems (internship and project team experience is applicable)
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Master's degree in aerospace, mechanical, systems or manufacturing engineering
- Knowledge of principles of chemistry, engineering, fluid dynamics and mechanics of materials
- Experience working with hypergolic propellants
- Experience conducting pressure and leak testing using instrumentation such as helium mass spectrometers, flow meters, pressure transducers and thermocouples
- Experience with capacity modeling, process mapping and fault analysis
- Experience performing pareto analysis, root cause and corrective action experience
- Experience writing work instructions and procedures for critical aerospace hardware
- Mechanical component and/or tooling design analysis experience using 3D CAD software
- Experience with design for manufacturing and assembly (DFMA)
- Experience with CAD and geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T)
- Proficiency in or hands-on experience with one or more of the following:
- Launch vehicle or spacecraft integration
- Operations in 100,000 class or better clean rooms
- Test operations with gases/fluids
- Data acquisition setup and field measurements
- Acute attention to detail
- Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills
- A positive, upbeat attitude
- The ability to perform work expectations and thrive in a high-stress environment
- Ability to work well in a team environment and communicate clearly and accurately with a wide range of people
- Ability to pass Space Force background check for Cape Canaveral
- Physical effort including standing, lifting and carrying moderately heavy materials or equipment (15 to 35 lbs.)
- Comfortable being trained to work around hypergolic propellants (MMH and NTO) and willing to work with hazardous materials
- Overall mental fitness with the ability to work in a high-concentration, high-stress environment requiring prolonged mental concentration (under possible extended work hours)
- Occasional travel may be required
- Willingness to work outdoors
- 50 hour work weeks are typical, schedule varies depending on site operational needs, flexibility required
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:
Launch Engineer/Level I: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00/per year
Launch Engineer/Level II: $110,000.00 - $130,000.00/per year
Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.
Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.
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