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Radiation Effects Test Specialist

Swarm Technologies

Swarm Technologies

Redmond, WA, USA
Posted on Saturday, April 20, 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.


As a member of our fast-paced radiation effects team, you will be responsible for ensuring avionics hardware performance through some of the harshest and varied radiation environments imaginable. In order to ensure maximum reliability in an ionizing radiation environment, the radiation team at SpaceX performs exhaustive analysis, design, and test at the component, board, unit and subsystem levels with extensive opportunity to interact with a vast array of rocket and spacecraft hardware and electronics. As one of the few teams required to interface with the design, manufacturing, integration, and mission operations teams, we play a critical role in the development of our systems as we advance our efforts towards broadband satellite internet and safe, reliable, inexpensive, and innovative access to space with the fundamental goal of expanding human space exploration capabilities.


  • Work directly with radiation engineers to prepare avionics units (hardware and software) for radiation testing
  • Fabricate and assemble high quality, high reliability wire harness and electromechanical assemblies
  • Develop basic test execution and data collection scripts
  • Perform basic PCBA layout and design
  • Design and construct harnessing and test racks/fixtures
  • Setup and use of electronics equipment (e.g. programmable power supplies, DMMs, oscilloscopes, etc.)
  • Solder and repair at the PCB integrated circuit and component level
  • Self-monitor work progress against area benchmarks and achieve on time delivery of all work
  • Read, interpret and work from drawings as well as from controlled documentation and processes
    • Cable harnesses: wiring diagrams, layout drawings
    • Basic electrical schematics, engineering drawings, and parts lists
  • Assist writing test plans, test procedures, and test reports against product requirements
  • Record work performed on shop floor management system (ERP) as well as use e-mail (MS Outlook)
  • Perform verification of flight hardware and documenting results in a clear, precise and complete manner


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 1+ years of SMT/through-hole soldering and desoldering
  • 1+ years of professional experience using electronics equipment (e.g. programmable power supplies, DMMs, oscilloscopes, etc.) and basic mechanical and/or electronics hand tools
  • Hands on experience fabricating harnesses, electro-mechanical assemblies, or development of prototypes
  • Experience with basic electrical schematics


  • Associate degree in electronics engineering
  • Certification on IPC-J-STD-001 or similar
  • 2+ years of professional experience manufacturing wire harnesses in commercial, automotive, or aerospace industry
  • Experience in fast-paced production environment working with flight hardware
  • Ability to adapt to constant changing work assignments and fast paced work environment
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and teamwork skills
  • Excellent concentration and attention to detail with outstanding work efficiency and accuracy
  • Ability to work with all operating systems; Unix, Linux, and Windows
  • Ability to troubleshoot independently with minimum direction
  • Ability to make recommendations for design, process improvements, and data collection
  • Ability to Independently modify/fabricate necessary test peripherals to help with testing logistics


  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Ability to distinguish colors
  • Extended hours and weekend work may be required to support critical project and mission milestones
  • Be able to comply with all radiation regulatory requirements for radiation safety. Radiation safety training is not a prerequisite


Pay range:
Radiation Effects Test Specialist /Level 1: $32.00 - $40.00/hour
Radiation Effects Test Specialist /Level 2: $36.00 - $45.00/hour
Radiation Effects Test Specialist /Level 3: $40.00 - $50.00/hour

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.


  • 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.