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PROPULSION ENGINEER (M1D REFURBISHMENT)
The M1D Refurb team is responsible for the successful and efficient flight and re-flight of the Merlin 1D engines in the Falcon 9 launch vehicle. This team owns all the processes related to the qualification, inspection, and servicing of the engines to enable a rapid launch cadence. The engineers on this team are highly motivated and interdisciplinary, with a focus in manufacturing, test, and fluid systems, but with working knowledge and relationships with avionics, flight software, GNC, stage propulsion systems, thermal and structural analysis. Engineers on this team are responsible for maintenance process specifications and master planning documents, fleet configuration management, hardware troubleshooting and anomaly resolution, flight readiness, pre-operation system checkouts, and post-operation data review. This team fosters a culture of high accountability, being proactive, and always being willing to help each other and other teams.
- Develop manufacturing and test processes for flown engines, drive continual improvements for future builds to enable reliable and timely refurbishment of M1D engines
- Implement and maintain rigorous hardware verification and validation processes through practical application of automation and process controls
- Work closely with cross-functional teams of engineers, technicians, and test/launch sites to process flown M1D hardware
- Troubleshoot ground and flight operational issues, develop and verify hardware and software modifications to address as required
- Manage engine fleet configuration as design improvements are implemented
- Support engine test and flight operations, and perform detailed post-operation data review
- Fully own critical spaceflight hardware and processes – every employee at SpaceX assumes profound responsibility for their hardware and the success of the mission
- Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
- Hands-on hardware experience performing fabrication, assembly and/or testing (can be in a professional, academic or recreational setting)
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Ability to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment, including frequent interactions with technicians, other engineers, and managers
- Liquid rocket engine development and/or operational experience, and/or experience working with pressurized fluid components such as valves and/or pneumatic systems
- Experience with manufacturing techniques, processes, and equipment such as machining, welding, tube bending, structural assembly, etc.
- Experience with NX or other solid modeling software and with generating, reading, and interpreting engineering drawings.
- Master’s degree in aeronautical/astronautical or mechanical engineering
- In-depth understanding of the basic principles of compressible and incompressible flow, thermodynamics, thermochemistry, mechanics, and materials
- Ability to make appropriate assumptions and perform trade studies and basic analysis using first principles and engineering fundamentals
- Familiarity with basic concepts of control systems
- Strong critical thinking and problem solving skills, exceptional attention to detail
- Ability to handle high levels of responsibility and demonstrate appropriate accountability
- Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal) and ability to succinctly present recommendations to stakeholders, the customer, and management
- Familiarity with vehicle test and flight operation processes, common aerospace instrumentation (e.g. pressure transducers/RTDs)
- Demonstrated track record of success in a rapidly growing, changing and highly technical environment - ability to act and execute in a scrappy, entrepreneurial manner against tight timelines
- Experience certifying commercial products for governmental use
- Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight
- Occasional travel in support of refurbishment, launching, and testing of hardware
- Occasional flexibility in working hours to support test and launch cadence
- 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.
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