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SR. MISSION INTEGRATION ENGINEER (CAPE CANAVERAL)
As a Sr. Mission Integrator on the Launch Site Customer Operations and Integration team, you will be a face to customers and multiple government entities for the launch site. In this role you will be responsible for ensuring ground systems and flight hardware (rockets and payloads) are compliant with requirements for hazardous operations on-base, maintaining launch site certification, pushing back on unnecessary requirements, and streamlining existing processes. This role will be a critical enabler for the 2024 manifest increase as we streamline our regulatory requirements and processes, with the addition of launching Starship at the Cape.
You will be a subject-matter expert for all launch site ground systems, responsible for maintaining Range approval for all hazardous systems and operations and launch site certification with the USSF, NASA, and NRO government customers. You’ll work directly with the launch pad and flight hardware integration teams to ensure all Range documentation is current and approved, refining and challenging Space Force Space Command Manual 91-710, KSC, and FAA requirements to drive both safety and efficiency improvements, as well working to tailor requirements that add unnecessary complexity.
In this position, you will also represent the SpaceX launch site to our customers. In addition to ensuring all government and commercial payload Range requirements are met, you will be charged with ensuring we successfully execute all our contractual launch site deliverables for National Security Space (NSS) missions. You will be responsible for maintaining certification of the launch site and providing operational insight to our government customers. This does not stop at ensuring we meet requirements – your job will be to ensure the process is as efficient as possible.
- Actively streamline the launch process for safe, reliable, robust, rapid, and cost-effective launch by challenging requirements and typical timelines/cost by analyzing and balancing risk between SpaceX and external entities.
- Function as launch site Responsible Engineer to own and organize ground system Range requirements and safety documentation, including:
- Air Force Space Command Manual (AFSPCMAN) 91-710 Tailoring
- Falcon/Dragon/Pad System Manuals, aka Missile System Prelaunch Safety Package (MSPSP)
- Ground Operations Plan (GOP)
- Operational Safety Plan (OSP)
- Facility Safety Data Package (FSDP)
- Explosive Site Plan (ESP)
- Hazard Analysis
- Visitor Protection Plan (VPP)
- Function as launch site focal point for spacecraft Range requirements and safety documentation.
- Manage government customer certification requirements and change for all launch site ground systems (Starship, F9, pads, and Dragon).
- Function as the subject matter expert and primary point of contact for Range Safety. Will include regular recurring tag ups to drive continuous progress.
- Plan, schedule, and staff Range Safety/Government customer oversight site visits and technical interchange meetings.
- Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, physics, aerospace engineering, or another engineering discipline.
- 5+ years of technical project management experience.
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
- Professional experience with launch vehicle integration or pad operations.
- Excellent written and verbal skills.
- Successfully negotiating complex agreements or issues to resolution.
- Demonstrated technical aptitude for the products you have supported.
- Regulatory compliance experience, specifically with tailoring requirements.
- Experience working with cross-functional team and external customers.
- Highly detail oriented, diligent, hard working.
- Must be willing to pursue a clearance if not already cleared with Top Secret or Top Secret SCI. Note that an active clearance may provide the opportunity for you to work on sensitive SpaceX missions. If so, you will be subject to pre-employment drug and random drug and alcohol testing.
- Must be willing to travel to other SpaceX offices, vendors, and customers as necessary (Occasional travel, approximately 5%).
- Must be willing to work long hours and occasional weekends when necessary to support launch and critical project timelines.
- Occasionally exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain, ice.
- Ability to work in extreme environments – heat, cold, rain, fumes, odors, and noise.
- Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg.
COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS:
Sr. Mission Integration Engineer: $125,000.00 - $175,000.00/per year
Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.
Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short & long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation & will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.
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