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Critical Lift Technician (Starship)

Swarm Technologies

Swarm Technologies

Texas, USA
Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 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.



  • Responsible for Booster/Ship and associated ground support equipment (GSE) movement across multiple launch sites
  • Perform preventative maintenance on mobile cranes, cranes, and SPMTs
  • Work with a team of technicians and engineers to ensure systems and equipment are maintained with the highest level of quality to support current and future manifest
  • Utilize heavy machinery (standard and high capacity forklifts, telehandlers, mobile hydraulic/crawler cranes, SPMTs, high reach man lifts, overhead cranes) to lift and move flight hardware and associated GSE after delivery and before shipping
  • Evaluate in-transit risks and provide on-site solutions to alleviate risk. Including routing, repairs, escorts, and drivers – including physical escorts across launch sites
  • Make recommendations to logistics management to improve the health, timing, and safety of all movements
  • Work with a team of technicians and engineers to ensure systems and mechanical equipment are built with the highest level of quality to support the successful launch of our multi-million dollar launch vehicle
  • Troubleshoot operational issues found on the vehicle press system
  • Maintain and install fluid system components from a schematic or drawing including ball and check valves, pressure regulators and gauges, etc.
  • Set up, inspect, operate, and perform maintenance on hydraulic self-propelled modular transporters, hydraulic booms and crawler cranes
  • Perform tear down and assembly of different configurations associated with Cranes and SPMTs
  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 1+ years of experience on a critical lift team or a Logistics/transport team


  • 2+ years of experience with SPMT operators and/or hydraulic lift trailers
  • 2+ years of with mobile hydraulic and/or crawler cranes for delicate lifting operations (ex. Wind farms, power plants, oil refineries) and 2+ years of experience in rigging
  • NCCCO/NCCER certifications in crane, rigging, ironworking, and heavy equipment operations (ex. TLL, TSS, LAT, OVR, RIG-I/II, SGP)
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering work instructions/drawings and verify that the given load, securing method, transport, and loading/unloading processes are carried out successfully and in accordance with transport or lift plan
  • Experience with organization and ability to multi-task, detail-oriented while also working within time constraints and deadlines
  • Associate degree in aerospace technology or equivalent area of study
  • Experience maintaining and troubleshooting complex fluid and mechanical systems
  • Familiarity with calibrated measurement devices including load cells, multimeters, calipers, torque wrenches, depth gauges, and micrometers


  • Must be able to work all shifts, overtime, and/or weekends as needed
  • Ability to pass Airforce background check for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg
  • Able to tilt, dip, and turn suspended loads to maneuver over, under, and/or around obstacles using multi-point rigging techniques
  • Flexibility to travel 25-50% of the time
  • Valid Driver’s license
Pay Range:
Critical Lift Technician/Level 1: $28.00-32.00/hour
Critical Lift Technician/Level 2: $32.00-36.00/hour
Critical Lift Technician/Level 3: $36.00-40.00/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.