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Automation & Controls Engineer
Dcs, Starship
Posted on 4/15/2022
INACTIVE
Locations
Cape Canaveral, FL, USA • Brownsville, TX, USA
Experience Level
Entry
Junior
Mid
Senior
Expert
Desired Skills
Data Analysis
JavaScript
C/C++/C#
Linux/Unix
Operating Systems
Python
Requirements
  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
  • 2+ years of experience working with data acquisition systems (internship experience qualifies)
  • Excellent communication skills-both written and verbal
  • Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight
  • Strong work ethic and drive to succeed as part of a high functioning team
  • Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment
  • Ability to thrive in ambiguity, independently drive project progress, and manage multiple priorities
  • Knowledge of high-reliability processes and related documentation practices
  • Demonstrated ability to design, implement and troubleshoot data acquisition and control hardware
  • Fundamental understanding of engineering principles behind electronic equipment, instrumentation, and commonly used industrial equipment
  • Select and size electrical and electromechanical components such as servo motors, controllers, and VFDs
  • Experience designing and installing instrumentation and control systems in hazardous areas (NFPA 70 Section 500 installations); Class 1, Division 1 and Division 2 environments or IEC equivalence
  • Strong knowledge of and experience in mixed signal electronics, power supply design, analog filtering; testing and troubleshooting techniques, signal integrity, quantization, discretization, use of operational amplifiers, and layout and grounding principles
  • General schematic capture and printed circuit board (PCB) design and/or verification and validation experience
  • Experience with linear time invariant systems and frequency analysis
  • Experience tuning PID controllers
  • Experience with electrical power distribution, working knowledge of NFPA 70 and NFPA 70E
  • Experience with connectorization standards such as IPC-620, NASA 8739.4, and D38999 specifications
  • First-hand experience with programming and software development
  • Experience with industrial bus protocols such as Modbus, Profinet and EtherNet/IP
  • Design C++ software interfaces towards a Profinet-based controller or NI DAQ-mx based controller
  • Hands-on experience activating, building, and troubleshooting analog electronic systems
  • Process integration and electromechanical / mechatronic systems experience
  • Experience working with National Instruments cRIOs and cDAQs
  • Expert level C/C++, exposure to Python and JavaScript
  • Experience implementing a communication protocol by crafting data packets
  • Experience with Linux-based operating systems
  • Experience with networking tools such as Wireshark and tcpdump
  • Experience with VLANS, 802.1q trunking, and Link Aggregation
  • Experience working with ICD, or interface control documents
  • The role is a demanding role that requires out of hours support and thus the candidate must be based locally
  • Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small openings
  • Ability to work at elevated heights (200+ feet)
  • Ability to perform physical tasks such as climbing up and down stairs and/or ladders regularly throughout the day
  • Ability to lift light weight supplies or materials (up to 25lbs unassisted)
  • Available to work extended hours and weekends when needed based on site operational needs; flexibility required
  • Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, flashing lights, heat, cold, rain, and noise
  • Travel to other SpaceX or 3rd party facilities, up to 70%
  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg
  • 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
Responsibilities
  • Maintain the operational capability of all control voltage level electrical systems
  • Develop and upgrade data acquisition and control systems
  • Provide technical support and guidance for controls technicians and other non-controls engineering groups
  • Lead multiple shifts of technicians and/or contractors efficiently
  • Develop new hardware and processes to improve capabilities, cost, and setup time of non-vehicle electrical systems
  • Work with the software team in evolving non-flight ground and test system vehicle software
  • Analyze data to assess the function of electrical systems
  • Assist in the design and analysis of experiments to evaluate test articles
  • Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment
SpaceX

10,001+ employees

Designs, manufactures, & launches rockets and spacecrafts
Aerospace
Transportation
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
  • 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 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.