INSTRUMENTATION TECHNICIAN (VANDENBERG) at SpaceX
Vandenberg, CA, US
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 INSTRUMENTATION TECHNICIAN (VANDENBERG)

Our Vandenberg Launch Pad Systems & Operations team is looking for skilled electrical/instrumentation technicians who share our vision and are the best of the best. Your daily responsibilities will be wiring sensors, troubleshooting issues, and putting your mark on the future of spaceflight. Goals this large can only be achieved by a large team of top talent, so you will need to have strong teamwork and interpersonal skills and an ego you can check at the door. Our work requires an amazing attention to detail as every decision helps to ensure safe and reliable flight of the next generation of launch vehicles.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Read and interpret planning documents, schematics, datasheets/manuals, drawings, blueprints and engineering sketches
Adjust, repair or replace faulty components of ground hardware, test and integration equipment
Fabricate and install parts and systems used in launch environments using hand tools, power tools, and test instruments
Connect and verify pressure transducers, thermocouples, and other sensors
Install connectors, connector pins, terminals and lugs
Complete necessary wiring of the Electrical Ground Support Equipment for ground systems
Collaborate with launch engineers to troubleshoot failures and issues derived from launch activities
Lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair and modify wiring of electronics racks and junction boxes
BASIC QUALIFCATIONS:

High School Diploma or equivalent GED required
2+ years of experience as a mechanic, technician or construction worker
At least 3 years of experience using power tools in a professional capacity
At least 1 year of experience with electronic system assembly and construction
A minimum of 3 years of experience working with any of the following instrumentation: Resistance Temperature Devices (RTDs), thermocouples, strain gages, load cells, displacement transducers, pressure transducers
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

Basic knowledge of Wheatstone bridge theory, ability to apply ohms law, and an understanding of DC electronics
Associate’s Degree in Instrumentation, Control Technology, Electrical Systems, or another related field
Experience working in corrosive environments and mitigation techniques
Operational knowledge of an oscilloscope & multimeter, soldering wires & connectors, operation of various crimping tools, wire stripping, ohm’s law, continuity testing, pinning out a military type connector, routing & tie wrapping cables, drilling & tapping holes, and building junction boxes
System level troubleshooting skills and the ability to logically solve instrumentation system problems and determine corrective action
Knowledge in signal conditioning concepts for various types of sensors, to include the following: Thermocouple Types K,S, and E; TC bonding concepts: resistance weld on and adhesive bond on types; TC probes through thermowell sheaths; Cold Junction compensation concepts
Background should include experience with the following devices: DC power supplies; DC-DC converters; UPS installations; Heat shrink tubing, cable harnessing, lacing, and proper strain relief concepts
Working knowledge of transducers, operational amplifiers, and the knowledge of measurement techniques for temperature, pressure, flow, displacement, vibration and the application strain gages are also highly desired. Identify required data, data acquisition plans and test parameters, setting up equipment to conform to these specifications
Working knowledge multiple bus architectures (PCI/PCIe, PXI/PXIe, GPIB, Serial, USB, etc.) and data communication technologies
Demonstrated capabilities in the development of comprehensive project plans that include all tasks; stage/gate milestones, and reviews necessary to successfully develop and implement solutions
Intermediate skill level using Windows Operating Systems
Intermediate skill level using Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, OneNote)
Knowledge in Data Acquisition concepts, hardware, and interfacing (SCXI and PXI based)
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must pass Vandenberg Air Force background check
Must be willing to travel (approximately 10%) to other launch sites as necessary
Must be willing to work overtime (long hours and weekends) when necessary to support launch and critical project timelines, flexibility required
Must be able to lift a minimum of 35 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 able to work in confined spaces
Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain, ice
ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or 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.

JOB LOCATION
Vandenberg, CA, United States