Operations Engineer
Transport and Critical Lift
Posted on 2/15/2023

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.
Brownsville, TX, USA
Experience Level
Desired Skills
Mechanical Engineering
  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline or physics
  • 2+ years of professional experience working with mechanical and/or structural hardware
  • 1+ years of professional experience with crane lifting, crane rigging or crane transport operations
  • Bachelor's degree in mechanical or civil engineering
  • Experience testing and operating with or around hazardous systems (high pressure, high energy, hazardous gases & fluids, etc.)
  • Experience with heavy crane lifting rigging and transport operations
  • Familiarity with instrumentation and control components (pressure transducers, thermocouples, RTDs, strain gauges, accelerometers, flow meters, load cells, relays, solenoid, pneumatic valves)
  • Experience using SOLIDWORKS, Siemens NX, or similar CAD software
  • Experience using ANSYS, FEMAP or similar finite element analysis software
  • Experience reviewing data from anomalies and identifying root cause
  • Ability to prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure, fast paced environment
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Strong work ethic and drive to for constant improvement balanced with the ability to work effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg
  • Must be willing to travel to other launch sites in support of operational activities and launches; travel requirement is up to 50%
  • Must be willing to work weekends and night shifts as needed
  • Lifting, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position
  • 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
  • Serve as the responsible engineer for multiple launch pad and production site transport and lift operations to ensure operational success
  • Utilize AutoCAD and lift planning software to design and review operations ahead of execution
  • Write and implement critical lift and transport plans
  • Utilize FEM software (e.g. ANSYS, FEMAP) and rigorous hand calculations to facilitate design and issue disposition
  • Work with, and direct (hands-on), a skilled workforce of operators, riggers, and technicians to carry out troubleshooting, maintenance activities, upgrades, and operational procedures
  • Contribute to the development and improvement of the processes and functional operations relating to the systems for which you are responsible
  • Coordinate with outside rigging + heavy lift vendors for lifting and transport operations and oversee/direct all contracted operations involving flight hardware
  • Design and identify acceptable rigging/lifting/transport hardware and connection points by reviewing and analyzing various structural, stability, and mass/cg of the object
  • Identify and implement upgrades and inspections/maintenance to drive continuous improvement in these areas by interfacing regularly with various teams across SpaceX
  • Develop and perform post operation data reviews for your respective systems and tasks, both automated and manual
  • Serve as the engineer for the cranes, self-propelled modular transports and other material handling equipment during new vehicle and pad builds, refurbishment and launch operations. In this role, you will be responsible for real-time troubleshooting and resolution of issues
  • Represent SpaceX by presenting certification packages and engineering data to U.S. government agencies including NASA, US Air Force and others
  • Utilize a high-end CAD software design package (NX) to facilitate design and engineering drawing creation as well as issue disposition