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SpaceX is looking for Engineers with LabVIEW experience - Hawthorne, CA (LA area)


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SpaceX is looking for engineers with LabVIEW programming experience for our Launch group. Our responsibilities include:

  • Controlling launch pad equipment via PXI/LabVIEW
  • Commanding and monitoring our Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 rockets via a LabVIEW-based Vehicle control system
  • Commanding and monitoring our Dragon capsules via a LabVIEW-based Mission Operation system
  • Ocean recovery of Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 stages after liftoff and Dragon capsules after splashdown
  • Cargo configuration of Dragon capsules going to resupply the International Space Station
  • Maintenance of Mission Control Centers with the help of our IT department

With the exception of the launch pad equipment program, most of our LabVIEW programs do not interact with DAQ hardware (unusual, I know). The Vehicle control and Mission Operations software get their data via Ethernet from 'black boxes' that connect to NASA & Commercial RF ground stations. We also create several utility programs in LabVIEW that also don't interact with hardware. So, this is mostly a software gig, not a hardware/software gig.
Ideal candidates will have the following qualities:
  • CLD-level LabVIEW experience
  • A good understanding of basic computer networking (TCP/IP, UPD, firewalls, VPN)
  • Must be enthusiastic about space (What year did we land on the moon? How many men walked on the moon? How many Space Shuttles do we currently have? etc.)
  • Must be willing to travel. Common destinations include Houston (NASA Johnson Space Center), McGregor TX (test site), Cape Canaveral FL (launch site), Kwajalein Marshall Islands (launch site)
  • Must be able to work without supervision. We have a very flat management structure, no one will be telling you what you need to do. If you don’t know, ask. If you do know, get it done.

About the job:

  • Job is located in Hawthorne, CA in the Los Angeles area.
  • This is not a 9-5 job. There will be some late nights.
  • You won't be LabVIEW only. Everyone chips in as needed. Our group has done Javascript, C++, MATLAB, configuring of TELEX comm systems, cutting of metal with bandsaws, welding, Unigraphics CAD, etc. If we need it and you don't know it, grab a book and learn.
  • We are only hiring full time employees. Contractors need not apply.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, SpaceX hires only U.S. citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents.

Apply at SpaceX.com. Click the Careers button and fill out the general application. Mention this posting in the cover letter field. Don’t reply to this forum. You need to go to SpaceX.com to get your information into our system.

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