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Lead Integration Technician (Spacecraft Integration, Payloads)

Swarm Technologies

Swarm Technologies

Vandenberg Village, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 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.



  • Lead and provide daily support to the Vandenberg Payloads Operations team; assign and assess completed work.
  • Stage, set up, and assemble flight hardware and test equipment per technical work instructions.
  • Ensure the highest level of quality to support the successful launch of a world-class launch vehicle.
  • Ensure employees have the tools and materials they need to carry out their duties.
  • Lead technicians through complete hardware receiving to launch processes and procedures.
  • Maintain facility and GSE maintenance intervals.
  • Play a critical role in coordinated launch vehicle movements and integrated pressurized ground operations.
  • Work closely with engineers, quality teams, and leadership to develop and implement operational improvements focused on driving takt times down and ease of repeatability.
  • Maintain, troubleshoot, and install fluid and electromechanical components from a schematic or drawing.


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate.
  • 3+ years of experience working in an aerospace, aviation, automotive, or other manufacturing environment in a technical, hands-on capacity or assembly role.


  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • 1+ years of experience in a leadership capacity.
  • Ability to collaborate and work with a team.
  • Experience working in a clean room and ESD sensitive environment.
  • Knowledge of pressure, temperature and flow measurement devices, mechanical systems, and electrical systems.
  • Demonstrated ability in reading/understanding technical drawings, manuals and reports.
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Suite.
  • Ability to rapidly pivot and adapt to change in direction while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment.
  • Ability to operate machinery and various hand and power tools requiring manual dexterity.
  • Experience maintaining a propulsion test stand in the aerospace industry.
  • Experience working at a rocket launch facility and supporting launch campaigns.
  • Experience maintaining and troubleshooting complex fluid and mechanical systems.
  • Military aviation experience as a propulsion or airframe technician.
  • Associate degree in aerospace technology or equivalent area of study.
  • Experience with forklifts, cranes, and heavy equipment.
  • Familiarity with calibrated measurement devices including load cells, multimeters, calipers, torque wrenches, depth gauges, and micrometers.


  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Vandenberg and Cape Canaveral.
  • Work schedule varies depending on site operational needs, and flexibility is required.
  • Ability to lift 25 lbs. unassisted.
  • Lifting, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position.
  • Must be able to work at elevated heights (up to 300 feet), including the use of ladders.
  • Must be willing to operate heavy machinery.
  • Must be able to work in confined spaces.
  • Must be able to work while wearing air purifying and/or supplied air respirators.
  • Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain, ice.
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise.
  • Willing to travel to other SpaceX sites as needed.


Pay range:
Integration Technician/Level 3: $33.00 - $41.75/hour + $2.00/hour lead differential
Integration Technician/Level 4: $38.50 - $47.25/hour + $2.00/hour lead differential
Integration Technician/Level 5: $44.00 - $55.00/hour + $2.00/hour lead differential

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.