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Process Controls Engineer
The SpaceX Vandenberg launch pad team is looking for process controls engineer hungry for diversity to join our team of fluids engineers. As a team, the site engineering team is responsible for all of the fluids systems necessary to launch our Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets including our Liquid Oxygen, RP-1 kerosene, Helium, Nitrogen, hydraulics, and Air Conditioning systems. As a process controls engineer, you will partner with the other fluids engineers to define control system and instrumentation needs. You will also develop fluid models to aid in control room situations and help realize the automation and efficiencies necessary to realize SpaceX’s long-term goals.
• Responsible for the fluid systems that will be used to launch the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets from Vandenberg Air Force Base. The work will take place with a small team of fluid engineers – each owning 2-3 fluid systems. These systems include troubleshooting fluid system performance and implement operational changes.
• Specify control system components and instrumentation.
• Develop fluid models and compare against real system performance on-console in a control room environment.
• Support control applications involving loop tuning and process dynamics
• Continually performing activation tests and verifying system performance meets strict design criteria.
• Manage and operate multiple operating processes simultaneously.
• Responsible for system design (schematics, component list, costs, periodic maintenance), implementation (plumbing, welding, valve installation), activation (mechanical and electrical testing) and sustainment.
• Vandenberg Fluid Engineers also have the opportunity to become control room operators – the engineers responsible for launching the Falcon 9 and Falcon Heavy rockets.
• Your work will take place in a fast paced environment where you will take ownership in all aspects of your system.
• Close collaboration with fellow engineers and field technicians will occur daily.
• You must be a self-starter that will seek out the solutions to technical problems with the local team along with the larger SpaceX workforce. Expect interactions with all departments and aspects of the rocket design.
• Represent SpaceX by presenting certification packages and engineering data US government agencies including NASA, US Air Force and other DoD customers.
• Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
• 2+ years of experience with fluid systems, hydraulics and/or HVAC systems
• Experience working with complex fluid or mechanical systems in a professional setting or outside the classroom project team
Preferred Skills and Experience:
• Master's degree in an engineering discipline
• Hands-on operational experience as an on-console operator
• Demonstrated expertise in the design of liquid and gas systems
• Experience modeling fluid system prior to construction to increase system reliability
• Experience using and troubleshooting ground control systems required for remote operations and instrumentation feedback.
• Experience with fluid systems engineering, assembly, operation or test.
• General hands-on mechanical experience: automotive, robotics, rocketry etc.
• Hands-on operational experience in a control room setting.
• Must be willing to travel to other launch sites as necessary.
• Must be willing to work long hours and weekends when necessary to support launch and critical project timelines.
• Ability to lift 25 lbs. unassisted, lifting, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position.
• 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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