Thermal Protection Technician
Posted on 3/15/2023

10,001+ employees

Designs, manufactures, & launches rockets and spacecrafts
Company Overview
SpaceX's mission is to make humanity multiplanetary. The company is working on a next generation of fully reusable launch vehicles that will be the most powerful ever built, capable of carrying humans to Mars and other destinations in the solar system.
West Athens, CA, USA
Experience Level
  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 1+ years of experience using hand tools
  • Experience with reaming and honing and/or countersinking of uniform close tolerance holes in proper sequence while using the correct tool for the job (e.g., rivet gun and bucking bar, drill motor, power screwdriver, C-squeeze, ratchet wrench, nut runner)
  • Experience with thermal protection systems (TPS) or phenolic impregnated carbon ablators (PICA)
  • Experience reading and interpreting engineering drawings, an understanding for drawing symbols, flag notes and general notes
  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions, read Travelers and SOPs (standard operating procedures)
  • Attention to detail and accuracy while working within a fast-paced production environment
  • Standing for long periods of time, climbing up and down ladders, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, and stretching are generally required to perform the functions of this position
  • Must be able to lift and carry up to 25lbs. unassisted
  • Must be able to climb ladders and work in tight spaces
  • Willing to work all required shift hours, overtime and/or weekends as needed. 1st shift is from approximately 5 AM - 3:30 PM, and 2nd shift is from approximately 3:30 PM - 2:00 AM
  • 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
  • Trim and finish composite and composite metallic assemblies
  • Assembly of structures including fit-up, bonding and fastener installations
  • Metallic and composite surface prep using pneumatic tools such orbital sanders, angle grinder & Dynastraight
  • Laminate assemblies by determining proper placement of composite materials into molds
  • Prepare parts for vacuum bagging, including placement of bleeders, thermocouples, probes and vacuum connections etc
  • RTV molding injection, co-bonding, secondary bonding
  • Make basic layouts on parts or assemblies in order to establish reference points and to check dimensions using calipers, micrometers, precision scales and torque wrenches
  • Oven cure set up - load ovens, set up thermocouples data logger and set cure profiles