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Launch Technician

Location: Vandenberg, CA, United States
Job # 9910597
Date Posted: 09-12-2017
Pad Technician - Fluids

This is a 50 hours per week position. Additional hours may be required during a launch campaign.

The manager would like to see candidates with an AUTOMOTIVE MECHANIC background. People with experience in high pressure systems, panel and system fabrication, precision cleaning, assembly and testing are good alternatives as well. Please do not submit any additional A&P mechanics</B>


Fabricate and install launch site equipment
Troubleshoot issues
Operate heavy machinery
Work with other technicians and engineers to ensure continued successful launch campaigns

High school diploma or equivalent GED required
At least 3 years of experience using power tools in a professional capacity


Associates degree in aerospace technology or equivalent area of study
Experience working at a rocket launch facility and supporting launch campaigns
Experience with aircraft/airframe/flight-line/missile/space launch vehicle structures assembly
Military aviation experience as a propulsion or airframe technician
SpaceTEC Certification
Experience with pneumatic/hydraulic system fabrication
Experience with orbital or structural welding
Machinist and steel fabrication skills
Familiarity with calibrated measuring instruments
Experience using heavy equipment, including but not limited to, overhead cranes, forklifts and manlifts is a nice to have but not required.
Ability to read, understand and follow detailed schematics, drawings and instructions
Ability to gather, verify and arranges data from multiple sources
Strong working knowledge Microsoft Office (Excel, PowerPoint, Word, Outlook)
Good written and oral communication skills
Ability to work with a team and independently
Ability to pay close attention to details
Ability to maintain a safe and clean working environment while adhering to company policies, quality policies and industry standards


Willing to work long hours, off-shifts, and weekends
Position will be primarily 1st shift, but candidates should be flexible, depending on operations
Ability to maintain a safe and clean working environment while adhering to company policies, quality policies and industry standards
General physical fitness is required for some work areas. Flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required
Ability to work at elevated heights
Periodic work in extreme outdoor environments: heat, cold, wind, rain
Must pass Vandenberg Air Force base background check
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