SpaceX Space Operations Engineer, Crew Operations Development in Hawthorne, California
Space Operations Engineer, Crew Operations Development at SpaceX
Hawthorne, CA, United States
SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.
SPACE OPERATIONS ENGINEER, CREW OPERATIONS DEVELOPMENT
Are you passionate about human spaceflight? Do you enjoy complex technical systems and thrive in stressful situations? Can you mentally decompose complicated operations methodically into concise steps? If you are a collaborative engineer excited to advance the future of human spaceflight, being a Space Operations Engineer is the challenge you've been looking for.
The SpaceX Space Operations Team is expanding the world’s human spaceflight capability and revolutionizing human spaceflight operations. The team is responsible for all facets of the safe and efficient transport of astronauts and cargo in space and their safe return home.
As a Space Operations Engineer on the Crew Operations Development team, you will envision and create new astronaut operations for future missions, conduct the detailed procedure development for our flight crew, and help drive improvement across the existing fleet. You will learn how to fly the Dragon spacecraft from SpaceX's Mission Control Center and will work directly with SpaceX engineers, operators, and flight crews to prepare for and execute missions.
Spacecraft operations require mental dexterity, rigorous technical understanding of the spacecraft’s systems, and a deep understanding of contingency scenarios. You will be responsible for successfully executing human spaceflight missions and for achieving our goal of making life interplanetary.
Develop new, and enhance existing, astronaut operations in coordination with SpaceX responsible engineers
Translate operations into procedures, flight rules, and other real-time products for future Dragon and Starship missions
Use YAML and command line environments to write operations products for SpaceX’s touchscreen crew displays
Use Python or other software languages to drive enhancements to operations
Support mission preparations as the expert for crew systems
Serve as a face of SpaceX and the Space Operations team with flight crew, as well as technical and programmatic contacts at SpaceX and NASA
Train for and operate Dragon missions
Develop, champion, and lead special projects to advance the state of SpaceX operations
Identify automation opportunities to fly each mission more simply than the last
Bachelor’s degree in an engineering or science discipline
5+ years of experience in engineering test, integration, or flight operations for complex systems (industry internships and project teams qualify)
Real time operations experience on a complex system that has high consequences in the event of failure (such as pilot, flight test engineer, spacecraft operator, high performance automotive, etc.)
Previous experience in one or more of the following fields:
Environmental and life support systems
Avionics and software systems
Fluid systems and fluid dynamics
Mechanisms and kinematics
Communication systems and electromagnetism
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
Master’s degree in an engineering or science discipline
2+ years of experience independently owning large projects and leading interdisciplinary teams
Demonstrated ability to distill step by step operations from amorphous mission objectives and assumed physical and cognitive mission tasks
Technical knowledge of spacecraft systems and operations (e.g. life support systems, communications, orbital mechanics, avionics, propulsion, thermal control)
Knowledge of basic orbital mechanics
Strong written and verbal communication of technical information
Ability to thrive under pressure and be resilient in the face of technical challenges
Excellent organizational and interpersonal skills
Ability to decompose ambiguous tasks into tangible and measurable intermediate goals
Insatiable hunger for continuous improvement and innovation
Previous experience in a customer-facing role working through design requirements, test acceptance, and verification (a bonus for working with a government customer such as NASA)
Previous experience working with interdisciplinary teams to solve complex problems
Self-motivated with proven leadership skills
Able to effectively manage numerous projects and tasks at a time, while meeting aggressive deadlines
Flexibility required including long hours and weekend work when necessary to support operations and critical project timelines
Position is subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testing
- 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 (https://www.pmddtc.state.gov/?id=ddtc_kb_article_page&sys_id=24d528fddbfc930044f9ff621f961987) .
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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