Mechanical Specialist (HVAC)



Vandenberg Village, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 18, 2024

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.


The Mechanical Specialist (HVAC) at SpaceX works in a fast-paced environment, where the extraordinary becomes the everyday. This role will be working side by side with the entire team that is responsible for elevators, cranes, industrial doors, heating, ventilation and air conditioning operations. This will involve leading and contributing to improvement and reliability initiatives of our building automation systems, as well as operational and design feedback to engineering teams for maintaining and improving all critical building automation systems at our Vandenberg launch facilities.


  • Work with technicians, internal teams, and vendors to prioritize, plan, and schedule maintenance and repairs for facility mechanical systems that support critical facility systems including industrial doors, elevators, cranes, hoist ways, air compressors, air dryers and other mechanical equipment
  • Inspect and troubleshoot critical facility systems (cranes, elevators, compressed air, and mega doors)
  • Manage system upgrades/repairs including managing contractors, schedules, and budgets
  • Source replacement parts and liaise with vendors
  • Build reports and present information on equipment maintenance statuses for all critical facilities as required for internal and external customers
  • Collaborate with engineering and managers to maintain systems in peak operating condition
  • Collaborate with engineering and managers to develop/update detailed work instructions for equipment maintenance
  • Develop scope for outside vendor work, procure vendor bids and manage vendors providing services
  • Execute processes site-wide to increase reliability developments
  • Ensure the team follows all regulations and appropriate SpaceX procedures including quality policies, safety policies, and other governing standards


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 2+ years of experience with industrial maintenance
  • 2+ years of experience with HVAC, pneumatic, mechanical, electrical and control systems


  • 1+ years of professional work experience as a technician in the aerospace, industrial maintenance, or facility maintenance industry
  • Basic computer skills such as Microsoft Office suite and report writing skills
  • Detail oriented, organized, and demonstrates a high sense of urgency
  • Familiarity with OSHA safety standards and regulations
  • In-depth knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems maintenance
  • Knowledge of parametric and industrial control systems
  • Knowledge in the following areas: crane systems, HVAC, electrical safety, pneumatic principles, rotating machinery
  • Experience with variable frequency drives (VFD)
  • Basic understanding of the theory of operation for refrigeration, motors, and mechanics
  • Operational knowledge of various hand tools and power tools, including multi-meters
  • Knowledge of clean room standards and classifications including standard ISO 14644
  • Understanding and familiarity with building automation systems (Metasys preferred)
  • Ability to lift and manipulate heavy equipment with the use of cranes, forklifts, or similar equipment


  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Vandenberg
  • Ability to perform job duties that require kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small opening and climbing hand over hand, lifting 35 lbs., and working on ladders/lifts at elevated heights
  • Willing to work extended hours and weekends, as needed
  • Comfortable working in outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain, etc.


Pay range:

Facilities Mechanical Specialist/Level 1: $33.00 - $41.75/hour
Facilities Mechanical Specialist/Level 2: $37.50 - $47.25/hour
Facilities Mechanical Specialist/Level 3: $41.75 - $52.75/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 and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and 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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