Development Test 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.
Brownsville, TX, USA
Experience Level
  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 3+ years of experience with one of more of the following: working with and troubleshooting mechanical systems, high pressure fluid systems, instrumentation (strain gages, load cells, temperature sensors, deflection gages, accelerometers, or pressure transducers), data and control systems, or test operations on mechanical or electrical systems
  • Ability to work and communicate (verbally and written) effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to rapidly change roles, responsibilities, and learn new skills while working in a high-paced and challenging work environment
  • Associate degree in an engineering, mechanical, electrical systems, or other related field
  • A&P license
  • Computer skills, including experience using Microsoft Office, TeamCenter, NX
  • Experience reading/interpreting planning documents, schematics, wiring diagrams, specifications, drawings, manuals, blueprints, and engineering sketches
  • Experience with aerospace testing (propulsion, structural, etc.)
  • Experience in airframe structural repair
  • Experience with hydraulic plumbing repair/fabrication
  • Experience with nondestructive inspection equipment and techniques
  • Experience with precision measuring instruments / equipment
  • Knowledge of various fittings (NPT, MS, AN, Swagelok, medium pressure)
  • Knowledge of various fasteners (hi-lok, rivets, NAS, MS, SAE Grade 5 / 8, locking inserts, locking nuts, super bolts, etc.)
  • Experience with aerospace or military grade harness fabrication
  • Knowledge in data acquisition and controls concepts, hardware, and interfacing (National Instruments PXI / cSeries and PLC)
  • Experience with fabrication of data and control systems (junction boxes, rack mount hardware, etc.)
  • Experience with electrical tools (oscilloscopes, multimeters, soldering irons, crimpers, strippers, etc.)
  • Experience with component and system level troubleshooting skills and the ability to logically solve instrumentation system problems and determine corrective action
  • Experience with DC power supplies, distribution, DC-DC convertors; UPS
  • Experience with analog and digital instrumentation (load cells, pressure transducers, strain gauges, RTDs, TCs, encoders, deflection gages, LVDTs, accelerometers, IMUs)
  • Experience with ground support equipment fabrication or modification in aerospace industry
  • Experience with rigging, cranes, and lift operations
  • Valid driver's license
  • Flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is necessary to preform job functions
  • The ability to lift heavy objects is required in this position (up to 25lbs unassisted)
  • Must be able to work at elevated heights
  • Must be able to work in extreme outdoor environments - heat, cold, rain, etc
  • Must be able to work in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
  • Must be available for overtime and weekends as the schedule varies depending on site operational needs; flexibility 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
  • Build, modify, and troubleshoot new or existing test equipment which ranges from fluid systems, mechanical assemblies, data and control systems, and instrumentation
  • Fabricate high-pressure fluid panels, plumbing, and hydraulic manifolds; including tube fabrication and routing, cleaning, proofing, and activating
  • Install instrumentation, build and route harnessing, troubleshoot instrumentation and wiring issues
  • Build, operate, and troubleshoot hydraulic systems; including pumps, actuators, servos, winches, etc
  • Assemble, modify, and inspect test articles; including structural fabrication (precision drilling, doublers, brackets, blending, painting, bonding, etc.), leak detection, non-destructive testing, instrumentation installation (strain gages)
  • Participate in rigging and crane operations for test equipment and test articles; including hangar bridge cranes and mobile crane lifts
  • Build and modify data and control systems; ranging from small mobile DAQs to large data and control infrastructure for test stands with thousands of channels
  • Maintain, calibrate, configure, monitor, test, troubleshoot, install, and repair instrumentation, process controls, data acquisition systems, and electrical systems
  • Participate in test operations, including configuration of high pressure, hazardous, and cryogenic fluid systems, connecting hydraulic actuators and instrumentation, controlling hazardous areas, troubleshooting instrumentation and test hardware, and monitoring test video and data