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Instrumentation Technician

Location: Cape Canaveral, FLA, United States
Job # 9908386
Date Posted: 09-11-2017
Instrumentation Technician
Cape Canaveral, FLA
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Pay rate: $27-45/hr (DOE)


SpaceX technicians work in a fast-paced environment, supporting a variety of propulsion and structural systems tests. The Instrumentation Technician will provide technical expertise is the areas of instrumentation and data acquisition hardware in support of our launch vehicles and spacecraft.


• Performs complex technical assignments involving instrumentation and data acquisition/processing systems
• Maintain, calibrate, configure, monitor, test, troubleshoot, install, and repair instrumentation, process controls, data acquisition systems, and electrical systems
• Investigate, diagnose, correct, and document instrumentation or system malfunctions
• Analyze results of calibrations and processed data and assist in the interpretation of test data
• Fabricate and install parts and systems to be tested in test equipment, using hand tools, power tools, and test instruments
• Adjust, repair, or replace faulty components of test setups and equipment
• Complete necessary instrumentation of test stands, wiring, and data acquisition systems
• Lay out, build, test, troubleshoot, repair, and modify developmental and production electrical and electronic units, assemblies, components, parts, equipment, and systems
• Configure the data acquisition hardware
• Connect and verify pressure transducers, thermocouples, and other sensors
• Install connectors, connector pins, terminals, and lugs
• Perform continuity checks, locate and correct wiring errors using measuring instruments such as ohmmeters and sequential continuity checkers
• Adjusts, calibrates, aligns, and modifies circuitry and components and records effects on unit performance
• Read and interpret planning documents, schematics, wiring diagrams, specifications, drawings, manuals, blueprints, and engineering sketches
• Perform lay out and wiring of electrical panels
• Collaborate with design engineers to troubleshoot failures and issues derived from test data
• Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment

Basic Qualifications:

• Associate’s Degree in Instrumentation, Control Technology, Electrical Systems, or other related field
• A minimum of 3 years of experience working with any of the following instrumentation: Resistance Temperature Devices (RTDs), silicon diode temperature devices, strain gages, load cells, displacement transducers, pressure transducers
• Valid Driver’s License, and a clean driving record
• At least 6 months of experience working at SpaceX Rocket Development Facility

Preferred Skills and Experience:

• Basic knowledge of Wheatstone bridge theory, ability to apply ohms law, and an understanding of DC electronics
• Operational knowledge of an oscilloscope & multi-meter, soldering wires & connectors, operation of various crimping tools, wire stripping, ohm’s law, continuity testing, pinning out a military type connector, routing & tie wrapping cables, drilling & tapping holes, and building junction boxes
• System level trouble-shooting skills and the ability to logically solve instrumentation system problems and determine corrective action
• Knowledge in signal conditioning concepts for various types of sensors, to include the following: Thermocouple Types K,S, and E; TC bonding concepts: resistance weld on and adhesive bond on types; TC probes through thermowell sheaths; Cold Junction compensation concepts
• Background should include experience with the following devices: DC power supplies; DC-DC convertors; UPS installations; Heat shrink tubing, cable harnessing, lacing, and proper strain relief concepts
• Working knowledge of transducers, operational amplifiers, and the knowledge of measurement techniques for temperature, pressure, flow, displacement, vibration and the application strain gages are also highly desired. Identify required data, data acquisition plans and test parameters, setting up equipment to conform to these specifications
• Working knowledge multiple bus architectures (PCI/PCIe, PXI/PXIe, GPIB, Serial, USB, etc.) and data communication technologies
• Knowledge in Data Acquisition concepts, hardware, and interfacing (SCXI and PXI based)
• Demonstrated capabilities in the development of comprehensive project plans that include all tasks; stage/gate milestones, and reviews necessary to successfully develop and implement solutions
• Intermediate skill level using Windows Operating Systems
• Intermediate skill level using Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook, OneNote)

Additional Requirements:

• General physical fitness is required for some work areas, flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required, also the ability to lift heavy objects is required in this position ?50lbs
• Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small openings and climbing hand over hand.
• Ability to work at elevated heights
• Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain
• Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
• Typically 50 hour work weeks, schedule varies depending on site operational needs, flexibility required
• Overtime is frequently required for particular tasks or test series
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