Electromagnetic Environmental Effects Technician

Spacex in Hawthorne, CA

  • Industry: Engineering - Environmental Engineer
  • Type: Full Time
  • Compensation: $95,795.00 - 147,180.00 / Year*
position filled

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 ofenabling human life on Mars.


As a member of our fast-paced Electromagnetic Environmental Effects (E3) team, you will be responsible for ensuring avionics hardware performance through some of the harshest and varied electromagnetic environments imaginable. The E3 team at SpaceX performs exhaustive analysis, design, and test at the board, unit, subsystem, and system levels with extensive opportunity to interact with a vast array of rocket, spacecraft, and ground support equipment hardware and electronics. As one of the few teams required to interface with the design, manufacturing, integration, and mission operations teams, we play a critical role in the development of our systems as we advance our efforts towards broadband satellite internet and safe, reliable, inexpensive, and innovative access to space with the fundamental goal of expanding human space exploration capabilities.


  • Perform MIL-STD-1541, MIL-STD-461, MIL-STD-464, DO-160 and IEC-61000 EMC testing of electrical components for all SpaceX launch vehicles, spacecraft, and satellite hardware
  • Read, interpret, and work from free-form drawings as well as from controlled documentation and processes
  • Design and fabricate electro-mechanical assemblies, harnesses and test fixtures from conceptual drawings
  • Operate a spectrum analyzer, VNA, power meter, high-power amplifier, and oscilloscope
  • Perform antenna and shielding effectiveness measurements
  • Independently perform verifications and document results in a clear, precise and complete manner
  • Troubleshoot complex problems independently with minimal direction
  • Support engineers and test management with standardized testing and R&D projects
  • Maintain test equipment and test facilities and oversee the equipment calibration process

  • Associate degree in an electronics discipline or a technical electronics certification with 5+ years of direct work experience
  • 3+ years of experience performing MIL-STD-1541, MIL-STD-461 and MIL-STD-464 testing of avionics components
  • 3+ years of experience fabricating test fixtures, harnesses and electro-mechanical assemblies

  • Experience preferred in fast-paced test environment with flight hardware
  • Able to support R&D efforts in addition to standardized testing
  • Able to adapt to constantly changing work assignments and fast paced work environment
  • Able to program simple scripts in python for test logging and control
  • Able to efficiently draft fixtures, tools, structures, and electrical schematics using a CAD system
  • Able to troubleshoot unit and test rack issues with little to no supervision
  • Able to author and redline clear and concise test procedures, build procedures, and process instructions
  • Excellent concentration and attention to detail with outstanding work efficiency and accuracy
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and teamwork skills
  • Ability to read and interpret the following items: Schematics, engineering drawings, circuit layouts, and parts listsCable harnesses: wiring diagrams, layout drawings, and parts listsMechanical assemblies: mechanical drawings and parts lists

  • Repetitive assembly operations, grasping, standing, lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position
  • Must be able to lift 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Able to work overtime and weekends as needed
  • Able to travel for short trips as needed

  • 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 .
  • 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.

    Associated topics: agrosciences, air, climate, ecology, environmental science, farm, field, sustainability, water, water monitoring

    * Estimated salary

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