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Booster Recovery Engineer, Long Beach

Swarm Technologies

Swarm Technologies

hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2024

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.

BOOSTER RECOVERY ENGINEER, LONG BEACH

SpaceX operates the world’s first automated unmanned vessel certified to land orbital-class vehicles. This role has the opportunity to work with an elite team to develop and execute the processing operations of a landed Falcon 9 booster. Recovering and reflying rockets is historic and has changed the rocket industry for the future…and you could be a part of that team.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Own overall mission campaigns to process Falcon 9 boosters at the Port of Long Beach
  • Develop procedures, test plans, and concept of operations for Falcon 9 booster processing
  • Drive more efficient operations to improve Falcon 9 recovery cost and hardware health for improved refurbishment timelines
  • Resolve blockers to operations in the field and make real-time decisions to keep team moving
  • Design, build, and test new ground support equipment in support of improving recovery operations
  • Ensure systems are in place to guarantee hardware readiness – including, but not limited to, preventative maintenance, critical spares, and hardware testing
  • Remain synchronized with all recovery operations on both coasts to ensure commonality in both hardware and operations where applicable
  • Interface between Launch Teams, Vehicle Refurbishment, Flight Hardware Logistics and Recovery to improve overall strategies with Falcon 9 Reuse

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering or science discipline
  • 2+ years of experience developing and/or processing aerospace or aviation systems

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • 2+ years of hands-on experience building, maintaining, modifying, troubleshooting and operating ground support equipment
  • Experience operating fluid, mechanical or electrical systems and background working with complex, multi-disciplinary system assemblies
  • Experience planning, executing, leading and improving operations involving more than 10 personnel
  • Experience with critical operations where real-time decision-making affects success criteria
  • Able to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment including daily communication/interactions with technicians, engineers, and managers
  • Able to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment
  • Self-motivated and directed with keen attention to detail
  • Ongoing drive for continuous improvement in all aspects of work
  • Detail oriented, organized, and demonstrate a high sense of urgency
  • Strong background with hazardous chemical/material handling

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Willing to travel
  • Willing to work outdoors and in maritime environments
  • Ability to work in a high-concentration, high-stress environment; good response to problems posed by short deadlines; prolonged mental concentration (under possible extended work hours)
  • Willing to support offshore operations, including working recovery missions at sea
  • Position may require long hours (10-12+ hour days) and weekend work
  • Willing to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain, wind, open ocean
  • Ability to climb ladders and work in tight/confined spaces
  • Willing to work with hazardous materials
  • Ability to operate heavy machinery
  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg
  • Must have a valid Driver’s License
  • Position is subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testing

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
Pay range:
Recovery Engineer/Level I: $95,000.00 - $115,000.00/per year
Recovery 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 and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.

ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be 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.