Sr. Launch Technician - Instrumentation & Controls

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Vandenberg Space Force Base CA, US

Full Time

a month ago

Job description


As an end-to-end space transportation company, Firefly Aerospace is on a mission to enable our world to launch, land, and operate in space – anywhere, anytime. Our launch vehicles, lunar landers, and orbital vehicles provide government and commercial customers with full mission services from low Earth orbit to the surface of the Moon and beyond. Headquartered in north Austin, Texas, Firefly is looking for passionate, hardworking innovators to join our team and help fuel our successful trajectory into space.


Firefly Instrumentation and Control Technicians within the launch group are responsible for the installation and maintenance of launch site instrumentation and control systems. You will work as part of a small cross-functional team requiring minimal supervision, identify & communicate system issues/risks, troubleshoot & repair equipment, review & execute procedures, and propose improvements to all portions of Launch Site electrical, DCS/SCADA, and communication systems.


  • Performs work according to policy, procedures, and specifications. Provides feedback on these documents for accuracy & efficiency.
  • Constructs launch data acquisition and SCADA systems from data and control I/O diagrams, instrument and control cable schedules, instrument loop diagrams, junction box wiring diagrams, control panel layout and wiring diagrams.
  • Installs, calibrates, troubleshoots, maintains, and repairs major electronic systems and peripheral devices per manufacturer's specification, engineering guidance, and industry best practices.
  • Understands complex schematics, wiring diagrams and shop drawings for the purpose of installation, troubleshooting, and repairing of components.
  • Troubleshoots, installs, and calibrates various instruments, including ultrasonic level transmitters, flow meters, pressure transducers, thermocouples and other temperature devices, differential pressure transducers, strain gauges, accelerometers, and microphones.
  • Utilizes a wide range of test equipment, including data recorders, computers, PC based software analyzer programs, oscilloscopes, data analyzers, analog and digital multi-meters, and other test equipment, while performing tests to identify problems and to maintain equipment to performance standards.
  • Perform Lock Out Tag Out (LOTO) of equipment and circuits for test or repair and safety of personnel and equipment.
  • Route and terminates cables using various wire stripping, crimping tools, and connector types.
  • Performs all work in compliance with OSHA, NEC, IEEE, and other appropriate regulations.
  • Performs soldering on electronic components.
  • Performs basic mechanical repairs as required.
  • Maintains and repairs network communications systems (i.e. serial buses, fiber networks, Ethernet networks and network peripherals).
  • Maintains and repairs complete systems and repair/replace subcomponents as required.
  • Performs launch site checkouts for test and launch operations and supports launch day Red Team.
  • Travels to test and launch sites as required to support the overall program.

Required Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 3+ years of aerospace or industrial process, instrumentation and controls experience.
  • Ability to correctly interpret complex electrical drawings and prints.
  • Ability to correctly interpret process flow diagrams (P&ID, schematics, cause & effect chart, control narrative, instrument index).
  • Skilled in the use of personal computers and numerous software applications such as Excel, Word, MS Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, etc.
  • Self-starter that is service-oriented to help the team drive efficient execution in a fast-paced environment.
  • Familiarity with industrial communications and control specific networking philosophies (i.e. ModbusTCP/IP & RTU, RS-485, RS-232).
  • Familiarity with NFPA, NEC, UL and ISA codes and electrical codes and requirements.
  • Ability to promptly & correctly document and communicate efforts via ticketing system (i.e. Jira)

Preferred Qualifications

  • AIAA or DoD Electronic Principles certifications
  • Military/Trade School Certificate or Associate degree in instrumentation, control technology, electrical systems, or related field
  • 5+ years of aerospace or industrial process, instrumentation and controls experience
  • Working knowledge of Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC’s), including IEC 61131-3 compliant languages
  • Prior experience with Fiber Optics, Supervisory control and data acquisition systems and licensed and unlicensed radio systems.
  • Working knowledge of multiple bus architectures (PCI/PCIe, PXI/PXIe, GPIB, Serial, USB, etc.) and data communication technologies.
  • Prior experience creating and updating schematics, wiring diagrams and shop drawings.
  • Electrical experience in the following: VFD/Motor starter remote startups and configuration via analog and relay logic, Ability to check motor windings with Megger/Ohmmeter.

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to pass Space Force background check for Cape Canaveral SFS, FL and Vandenberg SFB, CA
  • Up to 25% travel required.
  • Must be comfortable stooping and bending, as well as standing for long periods of time to support test and launch day operations.
  • Ability to operate machinery such as forklifts and boom lifts a plus.
  • Must be able to work in varying climate environments, heat, cold, rain.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 30 pounds unassisted.
  • Firefly is a fast pace, high pressure workplace regularly performing critical operations. All employees must be capable of rapid communication, providing and receiving critical feedback while maintaining a professional work environment.

Firefly offers outstanding benefits for our employees, including generous health, dental and vision plans with low plan deductibles, parental leave, educational reimbursement, short term disability, and flexible PTO options.

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.

Firefly Aerospace, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Firefly is governed based on 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.

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