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Hawthorne, CA 90250

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In an era when most technology based products follow a path of ever-increasing capability and reliability while simultaneously reducing costs, launch vehicles today are little changed from those of 40 years ago. SpaceX aims to change this paradigm by developing a family of launch vehicles which will ultimately reduce the cost and increase the reliability of space access by a factor of ten. …

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Hawthorne, CA, US


SpaceX - Full-Time | Job date : 07-06-2018


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 Technicians at SpaceX get to assemble, troubleshoot, repair, and perform regular maintenance and work on integrated rocket hardware, including fuel tanks and integrated stages, as well as supporting test equipment. These technicians enjoy working outside at the rocket development facility, on our robust test stands, supporting structural test operations first-hand, as well as in the hangar where stage integration takes place. Test Technicians enjoy witnessing the rumbling of rocket engines throughout the day.


Ensure all structural test stand related equipment/services are performed on time, safely, and in a professional manner
Maintain, troubleshoot, and repair equipment and instrumentation as needed
Fabricate and repair structural hardware and test equipment
Collaborate with engineers to develop and document activities
Ensure all engine components and materials are clean and inspected according to Clean for Oxygen Service Standards
Operate and maintain hardware, high pressure systems and pumps, and other ancillary equipment including pneumatic components
Develop novel ways site wide to streamline processes and increase the reliability of testing operations
Obtain and maintain licenses, operator permits or certifications as required
Perform a variety of related duties in support of engine testing and structural test stand programs
Monitor and maintain a reasonable inventory of cryogenic equipment, including transfer and storage dewars, transfer tubes, fittings, hoses, and other supplies
Maintain inventory of spare parts and equipment to repair or replace defective components
Process work orders and maintenance tickets
Prepare test articles and test stands and systems for test operations

This is a TEMPORARY position with SpaceX, for the length of time as stated, and is subject to change with minimal notice as business needs dictate.

LOCATION: Hawthorne
SHIFT: 2nd shift (3:30 pm to 2 am)

High school diploma or GED
Experience working with and troubleshooting mechanical systems (professional work experience or personal experience will be considered)
Experience using power tools, hand tools, or heavy equipment

Associates degree
A&P License
Experience with engine and structural test equipment/services is a plus
Experience with testing process and optimization of test processes
Experience with high performance systems and optimization of these systems
Experience in ground support equipment in aerospace industry preferred
Some experience in the space exploration industry, aviation, military or other high-reliability operating environment
Basic computer skills, including experience using MS Office suite
Authorized Emission Specialist (AES) certification or training is a plus
Experience with crane operations
Knowledge of high vacuum systems is an advantage
Knowledge of all types of bore scope inspection equipment
Knowledge of different fittings such as NPT and A/N
Ability to utilize power tools and hand tools as well as heavy equipment
A demonstrated ability in reading/understanding technical manuals and reports
Use of precision measuring instruments
Communication skills for relaying data (verbally and in-writing) between other employees and customers
Ability to work effectively in a team environment
Be able to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment

Valid Driver’s License (Class C and above)
Must be able to climb ladders and work in elevated heights
Must be able to lift 50 pounds unassisted
Must be able to work significant overtime and all shifts
Able to travel for short and extended trips as needed. Up to 5% travel

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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 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.

Hawthorne, CA, United States

Disclaimer: Local Candidates Only
This company does NOT accept candidates from outside recruiting firms. Agency contacts are not welcome.