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Avionics Harness Design Engineer

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Space Exploration Technologies Corporation

Hawthorne, CA

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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.

Avionics Harness Design Engineer


Develop the electro-mechanical design of wire harnesses within our family of Falcon launch vehicles and Dragon capsules

Meet with multi-disciplinary stakeholders to gather harness design objectives and requirements         

Develop harness design solutions within a 3D NX CAD environment, and manage technical trade studies to meet stakeholder objectives as well as adhere to internal design standards and requirements

Generate electrical schematics to support both flight and qualification designs

Own vehicle level harnessing mechanical assemblies and drive to closure all systems integration trades related to those assemblies

Perform analysis and physical testing (both mechanical and electrical) of harnessing with respect to thermal, loads, vibration and shock to ensure full qualification for flight

Document and communicate the design, analysis and testing results thoroughly and clearly via design reviews

Create and release on schedule, appropriate harnessing manufacturing documentation and drawings

Interface with harness production and integration teams to ensure final harness designs can be produced and installed on schedule in accordance with overall project goals

Perform R&D investigations and trade studies to push wire harness design to new boundaries in terms of mass and cost savings

Basic Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree in engineering

2 years of electro-mechanical wire harness design experience

Preferred Skills and Experience:

Master’s Degree or higher  

Proficiency with Siemens NX and Teamcenter

Experience with wire harness 3D design, wire harness installations drawings and formboard creation, wiring diagrams, 3D modeling of complex top-level assemblies, 3D modeling and analysis of avionics enclosures and secondary structure

Wire harness component selection and qualification experience

General wire harness analysis, testing and qualification experience

Strong team working skills with a proven ability to effectively interact and collaborate with other engineering disciplines and excellent attention to detail

Capability to solve complex design problems to tight schedules with minimal supervision

Passion for advancing the commercial space industry and space exploration, with a strong desire to revolutionize wire harness design

Ability to work in a fast-paced, autonomously driven, and demanding start-up atmosphere

Excellent communication skills both written and verbal

Strong sense of personal accountability and drive to succeed

Additional Requirements:

Must be available to work extended hours and weekends as needed

ITAR Requirements:

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant 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 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.

Job Location

Hawthorne, CA, United States

Company Profile
SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.

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