SpaceX is hiring an

Avionics Integration Technician

Vandenberg Air Force Base, United States
Full-Time

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.

Avionics Integration Technician

Overview:

Are you passionate about spaceflight and eager to work hands-on with flight hardware? Do you have ground electrical or avionics experience?  Are you a technician with the ability to balance teamwork with self-sufficiency?  Do you have strong troubleshooting skills with high attention to detail?  The Vandenberg Integration Team needs you! We’re looking for an experienced, talented avionics technician to join our fast-paced and collaborative Avionics Integration Team.

As an Avionics Technician you would assist in executing vehicle checkouts, troubleshooting and repairs on the vehicle avionics upon flight hardware arrival at the launch site, with ground system upgrades and repairs in between flights.  Flight computers, sensors, power systems, etc. – if it’s electrical and it flies, our avionics technicians work on it!  The Integration Team is also responsible for the support equipment on the ground used during processing – servers, power supplies, signal conditioning, data acquisition and relays.  In this role you’ll be very hands-on in order to perform the primary tasks- system functional checkouts, integration and troubleshooting.  Do you have what it takes to be part of the team that is the last set of hands and eyes on the rocket before launch operations begin?

Responsibilities:

  • Read and interpret planning documents, schematics, datasheets/manuals, drawings, blueprints and engineering sketches
  • Adjust, repair or replace faulty components of flight hardware, test and integration equipment
  • Install connectors, connector pins, terminals and lugs
  • Complete necessary wiring of the Electrical Ground Support Equipment for flight vehicle and payload
  • Collaborate with launch engineers to troubleshoot failures and issues derived from integration activities
  • Lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair and modify developmental and production electrical and electronic units, assemblies, components, parts, equipment and systems
  • Perform continuity checks and insulation testing, locate and correct wiring errors using measuring instruments such as multimeters and hi-pot testers
  • Perform lay out and wiring of electronics racks and junction boxes
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment

Basic Qualifications:

  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Minimum three years of relevant professional experience building and troubleshooting avionics and/or electrical ground support equipment (harnesses and assemblies)

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Operational knowledge of oscilloscopes, signal generators, power supplies, milliohmeters, megohmeters, multimeters, voltage calibrators, hi-pot testers, ordnance-safe ohmeters
  • Experience with building up various connectors (D-SUB, BNC, D38999 Series I, II, III, etc) using crimp and solder terminations with various gauge wires
  • Experience with building up wiring harnesses: wire stripping, heat shrink tubing, lacing, strain relief
  • Experience with building up electrical boxes: wire routing, drilling and tapping, using knockout sets
  • Knowledge in Data Acquisition concepts, hardware and interfacing (SCXI and PXI based)
  • Experience with fiber splicing and troubleshooting
  • Professional experience with Microsoft Windows Operating Systems and Microsoft Office

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be willing to travel 
  • Must be able to climb ladders and work in tight spaces 
  • Must be willing to work all hours, and overtime, as required
  • Must pass Vandenberg Air Force Base background check

ITAR Requirements:

  • 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. Learn more about ITAR here.

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