Test Technician (Dragon)
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.
TEST TECHNICIAN (DRAGON)
Test Technicians work closely with the engineering department to support test operations on test stands and test fixtures for flight hardware. Dragon is a free-flying spacecraft designed to deliver both people and cargo to orbiting destinations.
- Execute and run tests as required on flight and ground support hardware to support the launch manifest (hydraulic, pneumatic proof, leak, thermal and electrical tests)
- Communicate and work with engineers to develop and document test procedures
- Assist in the design and fabrication of test fixtures, test setups, and test stands
- Improve area safety and efficiency through regular auditing and continuous improvement
- Identifying training needs and developing training programs in line with the hardware that is being tested
- Assist in the identification, installation and implementation of test equipment, instrumentation and data acquisition systems
- Ensure test equipment is maintained and calibrated as well as track calibration schedules
- Lead efforts to uncover root-cause and develop permanent resolution on issues found during product builds
- High school diploma or equivalency certificate
- 2+ years of experience working in an aerospace, manufacturing, military or automotive environment
- 1+ years of experience performing hydraulic, pneumatic proof, leak, thermal, and electrical tests
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Experience with test operations procedures including hydraulic load control, hydro/pneumatic pressure control, and safe handling of flight parts
- Ability to read electro-mechanical schematics to accomplish checkouts
- Ability to troubleshoot programs and systems and determine root causes and implement fixes
- Ability to install and use test instrumentation sensors, including strain gages, deflection gages, pressure transducers, load cells, thermocouples, RTDs, accelerometers, and analog circuitry
- Ability to fabricate and repair cable harnesses including soldering, crimping, assembling connectors
- Ability to read mechanical assembly drawings and blueprints
- Strong computer skillset, including Microsoft Office navigation and file manipulation
- Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
- Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment
- Ability to solve complex problems with minimal supervision on tight schedules
- Ability to take project goals inputs and works towards that end-goal beyond individual task assignment
- Must be willing to work all shifts, overtime, and/or weekends as needed. Nominal hours - 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM
- Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. unassisted
- Standing, lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
Test Technician/Level 1: $20.00 - $27.00/hour
Test Technician/Level 2: $25.00 - $32.50/hour
Test Technician/Level 3: $30.00 - $38.00/hour
Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.
Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year.
- To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.
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.
Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.