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Avionics Development Technician (Radiation Effects)


Hawthorne, CA 90250
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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.


As a member of our fast-paced radiation effects team, you will be responsible for ensuring avionics hardware performance through some of the harshest and varied radiation environments imaginable. In order to ensure maximum reliability in an ionizing radiation environment, the radiation team at SpaceX performs exhaustive analysis, design, and test at the component, board, unit and subsystem levels with extensive opportunity to interact with a vast array of rocket and spacecraft hardware and electronics. As one of the few teams required to interface with the design, manufacturing, integration, and mission operations teams, the radiation effects team plays a critical role in the development of our systems as we advance our efforts towards broadband satellite internet and safe, reliable, inexpensive, and innovative access to space with the fundamental goal of expanding human space exploration capabilities.


  • Work directly with radiation engineers to prepare avionics units (hardware and software) for radiation testing
  • Fabricate and assemble high quality, high reliability wire harness and electromechanical assemblies
  • Setup and use of electronics equipment (e.g. programmable power supplies, DMMs, oscilloscopes, etc.)
  • Solder and repair at the PCB integrated circuit and component level
  • Self-monitor work progress against area benchmarks and achieve on time delivery of all work
  • Read, interpret and work from drawings as well as from controlled documentation and processes for cable harnesses (wiring diagrams and layout drawings), basic electrical schematics, engineering drawings, and parts lists
  • Assist with writing test plans, test procedures, and test reports against product requirements
  • Record work performed on shop floor management system (ERP) as well as use e-mail (MS Outlook)
  • Perform verification of flight hardware and documenting results in a clear, precise and complete manner


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate


  • Associate degree
  • 2+ years of professional experience manufacturing wire harnesses in commercial, automotive, or aerospace industry
  • 2+ years of professional experience using electronics equipment (e.g. programmable power supplies, DMMs, oscilloscopes, etc.)
  • 2+ years of professional experience using basic mechanical and/or electronics hand tools
  • Experience in fast-paced production environment working with flight hardware
  • Experience in a high production environment with hands on experience fabricating harness, electro-mechanical assemblies, or prototype development
  • Ability to adapt to constant changing work assignments and fast paced work environment
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) and teamwork skills
  • Excellent concentration and attention to detail with outstanding work efficiency and accuracy
  • Ability to work with all operating systems; Unix, Linux, and Windows
  • Ability to troubleshoot independently with minimum direction
  • Ability to make recommendations for design, process improvements, and data collection
  • Ability to Independently modify/fabricate necessary test peripherals to help with testing logistics


  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs unassisted
  • Ability to distinguish colors
  • Must be willing to work overtime and on weekends if needed
  • Be able to comply with all radiation regulatory requirements for radiation safety. Radiation safety training is not a prerequisite


  • 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 (310) 363-6000.

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