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.
TEST ENGINEER, SOLAR ARRAY AND BATTERIES
Our aim is to design, test, manufacture, and launch the highest performance and lowest cost solar arrays and batteries in the aerospace industry. We’re looking for the right person to design, build and execute state of the art tests and fixtures/equipment for the qualification and life test of the Starlink power system. This role is embedded within design engineering, under the power systems engineering group, and focuses on solar array and battery testing.
- Lead hardware validation activities for the Starlink solar array and battery including acceptance, qualification and life testing
- Define and prioritize life testing of solar modules and batteries at the material, component and assembly level
- Determine instrumentation methods, data collection and processing
- Work with members of the thermal and dynamics teams to define accurate test environments
- Process test data and draw conclusions that are firmly grounded in first principals to provide recommendations on design and operational changes to the solar array and battery
- Understand the product, system and business level impact of test results
- Coordinate with tooling and controls engineers to define, build and operate small and large test fixtures and equipment including but not limited to:
- Thermal cycling
- Thermal vacuum
- Battery cycling
- Random vibration
- Solar array deploy testing
- Design and manufacture simple mechanical test fixtures
- Write, design, and execute test procedures and reports including production acceptance testing, qualification testing, life testing and destructive testing
- Bachelor’s degree in engineering
- 3+ years of engineering design experience
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Knowledge of the materials used in solar modules and battery cells and their degradation mechanisms
- Experience with a variety of hardware validation testing
- Experience with the design and operation of electrical test equipment for batteries and solar
- Experience with design of experiments, statistical process control, and process qualification
- Experience in one or more programming languages (Python, Matlab, etc.)
- Experience with design considerations for spaceflight
- Familiarity with stress, dynamic and thermal analysis
- Experience using NX (Unigraphics) and Teamcenter
- Must be willing to work long hours and weekends as necessary
- Some travel 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.
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Location/Region: Redmond, WA