Mission Integration Engineer, Avionics @ SpaceX - Hawthorne, CA
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MISSION INTEGRATION ENGINEER, AVIONICS
The National Security Space Launch (NSSL) team at SpaceX is charged with leading the successful execution of our partnership and contractual agreements with the US Government to successfully launch national security missions. This close-knit group serves as the main interface between the relevant Space Force customers and internal company-wide SpaceX teams. The NSSL team is also responsible for maintaining certification of the Falcon family of launch vehicles, providing fleet insight to our government customers, and successfully integrating and safely delivering Government payloads to orbit. Our work enables SpaceX to be the premier domestic provider of National Security Space missions.
On this team, you will serve as the main interface between the SpaceX technical teams and our external stakeholders. You will ensure SpaceX's designs, test plans and qualification campaigns result in mature launch systems in which our Government customer can place utmost confidence to launch their most sensitive, complex and critical payloads. You will focus on avionics systems (including command & control, navigation, sensors, communications, electrical power, and flight termination), flight and ground software systems, and the guidance, navigation and control of the launch vehicle. You will also be tasked with ensuring compliance of challenging mission-specific requirements and providing an overall positive customer experience.
- Plan and execute launch vehicle (Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy) certification and fleet insight tasks for U.S. Government agencies (Air Force, Space Force, NASA Launch Services, National Reconnaissance Office).
- Collaborate with SpaceX technical departments to prepare design, analysis, and test data packages and briefings for government representatives
- Identify, develop handling plans, and drive to closure technical issues with designs, analysis or tests that would impact customer requirements
- Work closely with SpaceX technical departments to develop technical rationales, mitigate technical risks, and ensure product deliveries are on schedule
- Organize and lead program milestone reviews, technical interchange meetings, and regular working group meetings
- Negotiate, develop, and ensure timely delivery of technical products and customer data requests
- Coordinate certification tasks and requirements with technical teams so that they can plan their tasks appropriately to meet customer expectations and maintain schedule
- Maintain configuration control of the certified flight configuration. Coordinate and gain approval from the government on engineering changes to that baseline
- Coordinate across technical disciplines to solve customer technical challenges with limited resources
- Ensure that contract deliverables are delivered on time and per the customer's expectation, including taking responsibility for payment milestones
- Generate interface control documents for all external vehicle interfaces and each payload and work with SpaceX and Space Force teams to verify payload requirements
- Support other customer activities, mission integration, launch operations, program scheduling, and proposal efforts
- Bachelor's degree in an engineering discipline
- 2+ years of professional industry experience
- Technical project management experience
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor's degree in electrical or aerospace engineering
- Prior experience in all phases of the engineering life-cycle from conception to release
- Master's degree in electrical or aerospace engineering or relevant discipline
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
- Experience interacting with and presenting to external customers (preferably U.S. Government)
- Knowledge of U.S. Government launch vehicle requirements
- Knowledge of U.S. Government testing standards and specifications
- Broad technical knowledge of avionics design, analysis, and testing
- Broad technical knowledge of software or GNC design, analysis, and testing of relevant aerospace systems
- Proficient in C++, Python, SQL, MATLAB
- Experience working with and/or managing cross-functional teams and external customers
- Highly detail oriented, diligent, and hard working with excellent customer interface skills
- Experience in requirements development, verification, and validation
- Must be willing to travel to other launch sites, test sites, and customer locations as necessary - up to 20% travel
- Must be able to work extended hours and weekends as needed to support critical launch and project deliverables
- 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.
SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.
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