Integration 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.
INTEGRATION TECHNICIAN (DRAGON)
SpaceX is currently seeking talented individuals for a position on our Dragon team. As a part of the team, you will have the opportunity to utilize your knowledge, experience and creativity to develop novel solutions in human spaceflight operations and reusability. You will work on pre-flight vehicle processing and recovery of the next generation Dragon spacecraft, designed to take crew and cargo to low earth orbit. For human flights, you will also work on pre-flight and recovery processing of the crew during their journey to the International Space Station. You will have ownership of your work in all phases of ground operation and will directly interface with astronauts. The role will also provide an opportunity to establish aircraft like operations on Dragon and interface with the design engineers on the next generation SpaceX Mars vehicle.
- Stage, set up, assemble, test and install flight hardware
- Pass SAR/SCAPE medical qualifications and perform operations in SAR/SCAPE
- Perform maintenance tasks as required in a variety of roles for fluid systems maintenance, site preventative maintenance, general facilities, and any other general maintenance work as required to maintain an operational spacecraft processing facility
- Use precision calibrated tools: torque wrenches, micrometers and calipers
- Hands-on operations with both large as well as small, fragile assemblies
- Read and interpret blue prints
- Perform work according to procedures, specifications and test instructions
- Use various mechanical tools without instruction
- Collaborate with Dragon operations engineers to develop and document activities
- Process crew immediately prior to spaceflight and upon return to Earth
- Ensure launch services are performed on time, safely and in a professional manner
- Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment
- Work with a team of technicians and engineers to build safe high-quality vehicles, including ground support systems to enable processing of Dragon spacecraft (crew and cargo)
- Fabricate fluid systems from a schematic or engineering drawing including but not limited to ball valves, check valves, pressure regulators, and pressure gauges
- Fabricate tubing using 37° flare and medium pressure (cone and tap) fittings
- Troubleshoot operational issues found during activation of fluid and mechanical systems.
- Work with high pressure (up to 10,000psi) systems
- High school diploma or equivalency certificate
- 2+ years of professional experience working hands-on as a technician in the aerospace, aviation, automotive, marine vessels, or oil and gas industry
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Airframe & Powerplant license
- Associate degree in aerospace technology or equivalent area of study
- AV1200-4 certified for vehicle and electrical ground support equipment terminations
- Familiarity with data acquisition system architecture and terminations
- Familiarity with vehicle electrical ground support equipment architecture and hardware
- Knowledge of pressure, temperature and flow measurement devices; mechanical and electrical systems
- Prior experience working with launch vehicles, human spaceflight, or supporting hardware ocean recovery
- Experience with hypergolic or hazardous systems
- Skill in operating and manipulating machinery and various hand and power tools requiring manual dexterity
- Marine experience
- Ability to operate and build a flush cart, proof cart, and leak check cart
- Experience with forklifts, cranes and heavy equipment
- Experience of precision cleaning of parts and tubing assemblies
- A demonstrated ability in reading/understanding technical drawings, manuals and reports
- Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment
- Ability to perform hydrostatic and pneumatic testing
- Ability to pass Space Force background check for Cape Canaveral
- Ability to work one of the following shifts:
- 1st shift: 6:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Tuesday-Saturday/Sunday-Thursday
- 1st shift: 5:00 AM - 5:00 PM, Sunday-Wednesday/Wednesday-Saturday
- Comfortable being trained to work around hypergolic propellants (MMH and NTO) and willing to work with hazardous materials
- 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
- Ability to work at elevated heights (up to 300 feet), including the use of ladders
- Willing to operate heavy machinery
- Ability to work in confined spaces
- Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain, ice
- Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:
Integration Technician/Level 1: $20.00 - $27.00/hour
Integration Technician/Level 2: $25.00 - $32.50/hour
Integration 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.
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