Lead Launch Communications Engineer - Ground Segment
April 30, 2018
Cape Canaveral, Florida
Full Time - Experienced
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.
The Launch Communications Engineering group supports busy launch site operations with operational voice, mission critical video, vehicle and payload interface RF systems, site communications infrastructure, and real time operations. This position would be a lead member of the team based at our launch site in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
Lead a small team of engineers, specialists, and technicians to develop and maintain mission critical communication systems
Assist in the development of highly reliable and automated operational interfaces for a variety of both commercial and SpaceX built hardware
Responsible for full project life-cycle management of communication systems and commercial or custom built hardware
Perform real-time operations according to timeline, procedures and flight rules
Develop requirements, engineer and manage all phases of a project including design, implementation and support, including extensive troubleshooting of the mission-critical communication systems
Coach junior support resources
Perform site maintenance and make upgrades and changes to existing systems
Perform pre and post mission analyses
Interface with external partners (private and government) to define hardware and software interfaces for voice, video, data, and RF communications
Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering or other engineering discipline
5+ years of professional experience with communication systems
2+ years of professional experience in a team or project leadership capacity
PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:
Master’s degree in electrical engineering
Mastery in the use of Visio or other CAD software to develop system documentation
Administration of operational voice systems such as RTS, ClearCom, Frequentis, Quintron, Reidel
Telecommunication infrastructure experience - fiber optic and cable plant management
Experience in the installation and operation of RF communication systems
IP and HD-SDI Video cameras and infrastructure
Ability to translate specifications and functional descriptions into design specifications and detailed build documentation
Ability to travel as required to common destinations including Hawthorne, CA (SpaceX headquarters); McGregor, TX (SpaceX test site); Vandenberg, CA (SpaceX west coast launch site) as well as any of the SpaceX national or international ground station sites.
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.
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SpaceX designs, manufactures, and launches the world's most advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 by Elon Musk to revolutionize space transportation, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets. Today, SpaceX is advancing the boundaries of space technology through its Falcon launch vehicles and Dragon spacecraft.