Electrical Engineer (Actuator Design)
SpaceX - Hawthorne, CA

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The Company
Work to advance the course of human history and pave the way to Mars.

SpaceX is a US based advanced technology company founded by residing CEO and CTO, Elon Musk. SpaceX builds rockets and spacecraft from the ground up including cutting edge electronics, software, vehicle structures, and engine systems. The Falcon Launch Vehicle and Dragon Spacecraft programs are some of the most ambitious engineering systems in the world, designed to support our ultimate goals of aviation-like spaceflight capability and making humanity a multi-planet species.

"SpaceX is like Special Forces… we do the missions that others think are impossible. We have goals that are absurdly ambitious by any reasonable standard, but we're going to make them happen. We have the potential here at SpaceX to have an incredible effect of the future of humanity and life itself."

– Elon Musk

If you’re undaunted by the impossible, actively seeking out insanely challenging projects under tight schedules, and want to work with a remarkable organization pushing the envelope of human exploration, then you will want to be part of the SpaceX legacy.

We are actively seeking the brightest minds from all industries and technologies to continue building our world class team. Please visit spacex.com for additional information.

The Job

Responsibilities

Provide engineering expertise in the area of design, development and test space hardened avionics hardware that will support the functions of our launch vehicles and spacecraft

Duties include subsystem design and prototyping, schematic capture, prototype bring-up and debugging, hardware bug tracking, functional verification and signal characterization. In addition, support through production and test is expected.

Interact with teams of engineers working in other disciplines such as Electromechanical Packaging, Test Engineering, Production and Quality Assurance

Required Skills and Experience

Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering or equivalent area of focus; Solid electrical engineering, digital and analog circuit fundamentals and lab skills are a must.

More than 3 years of board level experience designing hardware from concept through production; strong emphasis on full lifecycle development of new hardware systems -- not small incremental updates to legacy hardware.

Expert knowledge of analog, digital or mixed-signal design principles including designs using operational amplifiers, filters , and transistors

Strong knowledge of and experience in analog to digital and digital to analog converters, power supply components and design, analog testing/troubleshooting techniques, and signal integrity, layout and grounding principles

Strong understanding of the basics of motor control and its underlying physics. Capable of modeling motion control system.

Strong understanding and experience designing switching power supplies and/or motor controllers for power levels above 500W. Taken multiple designs from concept through validation.

Understanding of signal integrity, EMI/EMC issues and radiation effects

Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight

Ability to work in a fast paced, autonomously driven, and demanding start-up atmosphere

Excellent communication skills both written and verbal

Preferred Skills and Experience

Masters of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering or equivalent area of focus

Experience in fast-paced iterative design environments within the consumer electronics, mobile handset, medical devices, or automotive industries

SpaceX offers one of the best environments in the world for employees to learn, build real working systems and tackle exciting challenges every day. We operate in a fun, casual work environment and have great benefits including: competitive salary, stock options, medical/dental insurance and free gym memberships. By joining the SpaceX team, you are not just a part of history, you are making it.

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, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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.

Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resource Department at (310) 363-6000.

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