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Data Control Systems Engineer (Instrumentation and Controls)

  • Spacex
  • Waco, TX, USA
  • Nov 09, 2020
[Information Technology]

Job Description

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. DATA & CONTROL SYSTEMS ENGINEER (INSTRUMENTATION AND CONTROLS) The Data and Control Systems (DCS) Engineer is a systems focused, multi-faceted individual. The engineer uses broad systems knowledge to inform the design of test stands, support facilities, and systems of systems. The engineer is responsible for the systems that link operators to physical sensors and actuators on both in-space test articles as well as ground systems. This role provides operational support in the review and interpretation of data collected on these systems. SpaceX control engineers develop and integrate physical hardware including but not limited to wire harnesses, PCBs, custom enclosures, PLCs, data acquisition systems, and sensors. The DCS engineer's systems support operations that enable safe, economical, and reliable access to space. RESPONSIBILITIES: - Maintain the operational capability of all control voltage level electrical systems - Develop and upgrade data acquisition and control systems - Provide technical support and guidance for controls technicians and other non-controls engineering groups - Develop new hardware and processes to improve capabilities, cost, and setup time of non-vehicle electrical systems - Analyze data to assess the function of electrical systems - Assist in the design and analysis of experiments to evaluate test articles - Perform other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: - Bachelor's degree in physics, electrical engineering, computer engineering or other engineering field - 2+ years of experience working with data acquisition systems (internships experience qualifies) PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE: - Excellent communication skillsboth written and verbal - Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and human spaceflight - Strong work ethic and drive to succeed as part of a high functioning team - Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment - Ability to thrive in ambiguity, independently drive project progress, and manage multiple priorities - Knowledge of high-reliability processes and related documentation practices - Demonstrated ability to design, implement and troubleshoot data acquisition and control hardware - Fundamental understanding of engineering principles behind electronic equipment, instrumentation, and commonly used industrial equipment - Experience designing and installing instrumentation and control systems in hazardous areas (NFPA 70 Section 500 installations); Class 1, Division 1 and Division 2 environments or IEC equivalence - Strong knowledge of and experience in mixed signal electronics, power supply design, analog filtering; testing and troubleshooting techniques, signal integrity, and layout and grounding principles - General schematic capture and printed circuit board (PCB) design and/or verification and validation experience - Experience with electrical power distribution, working knowledge of NFPA 70 and NFPA 70E - First-hand experience with programming and software development - Experience with industrial bus protocols such as Modbus, Profinet and EtherNet/IP - Hands-on experience activating, building, and troubleshooting analog electronic systems ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: - Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small openings - Ability to work at elevated heights (200+ feet) - Ability to perform physical tasks such as climbing up and down stairs and/or ladders regularly throughout the day - Ability to lift light weight supplies or materials (up to 25lbs unassisted) - Available to work extended hours and weekends when needed based on site operational needs; flexibility required - Work performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, flashing lights, heat, cold, rain, and noise - Occasional travel to other SpaceX or 3rd party facilities ITAR REQUIREMENTS: - 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. 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. Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX's Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at .
Associated topics: equipment, infrastructure, ip, maintain, network, satcom, server, system engineer, system specialist, technician