Instrumentation Technician
SpaceX - Hawthorne, CA

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The Company

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 electronics, software, vehicle structures, and engines. Our development and production efforts represent some of the most dynamic and challenging technology and engineering systems in the world.

We pride ourselves on being a meritocracy where employees are defined by their capabilities and contributions, instead of title or tenure. We are actively seeking the best and brightest minds from all industries and technologies to continue to build our world class team.

Our employees thrive in a fast-paced environment focused on innovation and high levels of personal responsibility. At SpaceX we cut through the noise and believe in the essentials of hardcore engineering. We build it, test it, and fly it.

The Job

Responsibilities

SpaceX Technicians work in a fast-paced environment, supporting a variety of propulsion and structural systems tests. Specific responsibilities associated with this job include:

Complete necessary instrumentation of test stands, wiring and data acquisition systems including but not limited to:

Assemble and install prototype, developmental, prototype/experimental and production electrical and electronic assembly units, sub units, boards, wire harnesses and cables associated with propulsion products

Install connectors, connector pins, terminals and lugs

Perform continuity checks, locate and correct wiring errors using measuring instruments such as ohmmeters and sequential continuity checkers

Lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair and modify developmental and production electrical and electronic units, assemblies, components, parts, equipment, and systems

Adjusts, calibrates, aligns, and modifies circuitry and components and records effects on unit performance

Connect, verify and specify the range of pressure transducers, thermocouples and other sensors

Set up and specification of power supplies for sensor excitation voltages

Read and interpret planning documents, schematics, wiring diagrams, specifications, drawings, manuals, blueprints and engineering sketches

Perform lay out and wiring of electrical panels

Perform work in support of fellow electronic technicians and engineering employees using shop assembly equipment and hand tools

Collaborate with design engineers to troubleshoot failures and issues derived from test data

Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment

Requirements

Education & Experience Requirements:
Associates degree in Electronics/Instrumentation, preferred; High School Diploma or equivalent GED required

Some experience in the space exploration industry, aviation, military or other high-reliability operating environment is highly preferred

Entry level positions available and training provided for all job responsibilities, experience in electronics highly preferred

Mechanical aptitude and experience (work with machines and general tooling)

Formalized mechanical training, skilled in hand and power tool usage

A demonstrated experience where quick-thinking and problem solving plays a critical role

General Requirements:
Training and/or experience in basic operation 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

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 thru thermowell sheaths

Cold Junction compensation concepts

Expertise with any of the following instrumentation: Resistance Temperature Devices (RTDs), silicon diode temperature devices, strain gages, load cells, displacement transducers, pressure transducers

Knowledge in Data Acquisition concepts, hardware, and interfacing (PC and PXI based)

Background should include experience with the following devices:

DC power supplies

Configuration of IP based devices (power supplies, cameras, computers)

DC-DC convertors

IP and Analog cameras

Wired and wireless intercom systems

Antenna installations

UPS installations

Heat shrink tubing, cable harnessing, lacing, and proper strain relief concepts

A demonstrated ability in reading/understanding technical manuals and reports

Use of precision measuring instruments

Ability to work effectively in a team environment

Ability to work with design engineers to develop and document set up and test procedures

Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment

Software/Computer Skills and Required Skill Level:
Windows Operating Systems, Intermediate

Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, OneNote), Intermediate

Physical Requirements:
Ability to work in a high-stress environment

Good response to challenges posed by short deadlines

Acute attention to detail

Problem solving and critical thinking skills

A positive, upbeat attitude

General physical fitness is required for some work areas, flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required, also the ability to lift heavy objects is required in this position >50lbs

Ability to work at elevated heights

Additional position information

Work Hours and Conditions:
Typically 50 hour work weeks, schedule varies depending on site operational needs, flexibility required

Overtime is frequently required for particular tasks or test series

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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