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Launch Instrumentation Technician, Vandenberg

Vandenberg Air Force Base, United States

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 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.


  • 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 Qualifications:

  • 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 other related field
  • Experience working in corrosive environments and mitigation techniques
  • Operational knowledge of an oscilloscope & multi-meter, 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 trouble-shooting 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 convertors; 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, 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<spanhere.

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.

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