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Launch Engineer, Fleet Operations

Company: Space Exploration Technologies
Location: Lompoc
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

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.


This role will play an integral part of launch operations by ensuring the maintenance, compliance, and movements of the ground support equipment (GSE) used to support the growing fleet of rocket stages and payload fairings at the SpaceX Vandenberg AFB launch site.


  • Responsible for the execution of lifting and moving rocket stages throughout the Vandenberg launch site.
  • Lead teams of engineers and technicians when performing critical operations on flight and non-flight hardware.
  • Create and execute maintenance and inspection plans for launch, landing, payload processing, and flight proven hardware.
  • Manage critical GSE used for processing rocket stages and payloads across dozens of locations in three states. GSE primarily includes mechanical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems.
  • Perform activation, testing and upgrades to GSE as necessitated by engineering or operational changes.
  • Coordinate maintenance and repairs of GSE in a time-critical environment. Coordinate with design engineering and end users is essential.
  • Ensure tools and facilities are ready and capable of supporting launch, landing, and refurbishment teams' timelines.
  • Develop work instructions to support ongoing operations, upgrades, maintenance and repairs.
  • Work with technician teams to ensure the correct and timely execution of GSE repairs and maintenance.
  • Effectively communicate timelines, costs and risk associated with GSE maintenance and repairs.


  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, physics, aerospace engineering, or other engineering discipline.
  • 1+ years of professional or academic experience working with mechanical or structural hardware.


  • 2+ years of professional experience in an integration or operations engineering role.
  • Experience with manufacturing and inspection techniques: welded structures, machining, weld inspection, proof testing, precision dimensional inspection, tool calibration.
  • Experience with crane operations (mobile and fixed) and rigging hardware.
  • Experience with pressurized operations.
  • Experience authoring technical documentation: inspection plans, operational procedures and test plans.
  • Mechanical design and analysis skills (CAD, FEM).
  • Organizational skills and ability to effectively prioritize in an environment with limited resources and competing needs.
  • Ability to pivot from one task to the next based on launch schedule.


  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs. unassisted.
  • Lifting, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying moderately heavy materials or equipment are generally required to perform the functions of this position.
  • Willingness to work outdoors.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • Work schedule may vary depending on site operational needs, and flexibility is required.


  • 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.

Keywords: Space Exploration Technologies, Lompoc , Launch Engineer, Fleet Operations, Other , Lompoc, California

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