Launch Fabrication Technician
Posted on 12/30/2022
Vandenberg Village, CA, USA
Experience Level
  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 1+ years of experience using mechanical tools in a professional capacity
  • Associate degree in aerospace technology or equivalent area of study
  • ASE certification and/or mechanical automotive experience
  • Experience working on a rocket launch pad and directly supporting launch operations
  • Military aviation experience as a propulsion or airframe technician
  • Experience using heavy equipment such as: overhead cranes, forklifts, and man lifts
  • Ability to follow detailed schematics and be able to fabricate fluid panels from said schematics
  • Ability to bend and route tube in the field to a high level of accuracy
  • Experience maintaining and troubleshooting complex fluid and mechanical systems, including analyzing flow path and proper relief systems
  • Knowledge of various fittings such as national pipe thread (NPT) and AN fittings
  • Ability to safely rig and move items under 20,000 lbs
  • Ability to perform a hydrotest and pneumastat on any component with little to no direction
  • Ability to operate and build a flush cart, proof cart, and leak check cart
  • Experience working in a clean room environment
  • Ability to obtain or currently hold Top Secret/ SCI security clearance
  • Familiarity with calibrated measurement devices including multimeters, calipers and torque wrenches
  • Ability to pass Space Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg
  • Ability to obtain respirator certification to apply ablative, paint, puck and martyte
  • Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, and working on ladders/lifts at elevated heights
  • Ability to lift 35 lbs. unassisted
  • Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments - heat, cold, rain
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
  • Work schedule varies depending on site operational needs, and flexibility is required
  • Must be willing to travel to other SpaceX locations as necessary
  • General physical fitness is required for some work areas; flight hardware is typically built in tight quarters and physical dexterity 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
  • Fabricate and install fluid system components from a schematic or engineering drawing including but not limited to ball valves, check valves, pressure regulators, and pressure gauges
  • Troubleshoot operational issues found during activation of fluid and mechanical systems
  • Work with a team of technicians and engineers to ensure every system is built with the highest level of quality to support 100% successful launch of a multimillion dollar launch vehicle
  • Operate heavy machinery including forklifts and aerial platforms
  • Hands-on operations with both large and small, fragile assemblies
  • Perform maintenance tasks as required in a variety of roles for vehicle integration, pad maintenance, site preventative maintenance, general facilities, and any other general maintenance work as required to maintain an operational launch site (includes corrosion control)

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.
  • Benefits and Perks - Our employees’ well-being is important to us and essential to our capacity to do extraordinary things. We offer a wide variety of programs to support the health, wellness, and financial security of our employees and their families.
Company Core Values
  • Make History - SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company capable of returning a spacecraft from low-Earth orbit, and in 2012 our Dragon spacecraft became the first commercial spacecraft to deliver cargo to and from the International Space Station. And in 2020, SpaceX became the first private company to take humans there as well.
  • Reusability - SpaceX believes a fully and rapidly reusable rocket is the pivotal breakthrough needed to substantially reduce the cost of space access. The majority of the launch cost comes from building the rocket, which historically has flown only once.
  • Landing - SpaceX’s family of Falcon launch vehicles are the first and only orbital class rockets capable of reflight. Depending on the performance required for the mission, Falcon lands on one of our autonomous spaceport droneships out on the ocean or one of our landing zones near our launch pads.