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Technician: Development, Assembly, Integration & Test

Apex

Apex

Los Angeles, CA, USA
Posted on Friday, June 14, 2024
Spacecraft represent the most pressing unmet need across the entire aerospace industry. As launch costs decrease, more and more companies and governments are launching increasingly large numbers of smaller satellites. For the first time in history, this increase in demand is driving a massive need for spacecraft platforms, known as satellite buses. Satellite buses carry customers’ payloads and are delivered to space on launch vehicles.
Apex manufactures satellite buses at scale using a combination of disruptive software, vertical integration, and hardware that is designed for manufacturing. Our satellite buses are truly productized to enable a wide set of missions, ranging from earth observation to communications and more, that advance our future as a society.
Apex Space is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Spacecraft Technician to join our dynamic team. As a Spacecraft Technician, you will play a critical role in the assembly, integration, and testing of our spacecraft. Your expertise in aerospace structures, avionics, and harnessing will be essential in ensuring the successful development and deployment of our advanced space systems.

Responsibilities:

  • Perform assembly, integration, and testing (AIT) activities for satellite and spacecraft development projects, following engineering specifications, procedures, and safety protocols.
  • Conduct structural assembly and integration tasks, including component installation, mechanical fastening, bonding, and precision alignment.
  • Integrate avionics systems, including electronic components, sensors, and wiring harnesses, ensuring proper connections, routing, and functionality.
  • Collaborate closely with engineers and other technicians to troubleshoot and resolve technical issues during assembly and integration activities.
  • Perform system-level functional tests, including electrical continuity, power distribution, communication, and sensor verification.
  • Utilize precision measurement tools and equipment to ensure adherence to dimensional requirements and alignment tolerances.
  • Participate in environmental testing, such as thermal vacuum, vibration, and shock testing, to validate satellite and spacecraft performance and durability.
  • Support the development and maintenance of assembly and integration procedures, work instructions, and quality documentation.
  • Ensure compliance with quality standards, industry best practices, and safety regulations throughout the assembly and integration process.
  • Maintain accurate records of assembly activities, test results, and any anomalies or discrepancies encountered.
  • Contribute to the continuous improvement of assembly and integration processes, recommending and implementing efficiency enhancements and quality improvements.
  • Stay updated with the latest advancements and best practices in satellite and spacecraft development and testing methodologies.

Requirements:

  • U.S. Person status is required as this position needs to access export controlled data.
  • Minimum 6 years of experience in satellite or spacecraft assembly and integration, specifically in aerospace structures, avionics integration, and harnessing.
  • Proficiency in precision assembly techniques, including mechanical fastening, bonding, and alignment.
  • Strong understanding of aerospace electrical systems, avionics, and wiring harnesses.
  • Experience in conducting system-level functional tests and troubleshooting electrical and mechanical systems.
  • Familiarity with environmental testing methods, such as thermal vacuum, vibration, and shock testing.
  • Working knowledge of precision measurement tools and equipment used in satellite and spacecraft assembly and integration.
  • Familiarity with quality standards and processes related to aerospace manufacturing.
  • Ability to interpret engineering drawings, specifications, and technical documents.
  • Excellent attention to detail, with strong problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment, collaborating with engineers and technicians.
  • Strong commitment to safety, adhering to safety protocols and guidelines at all times.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to effectively convey technical information to team members and stakeholders.
Benefits
Apex believes in creating a work environment that you look forward to embracing every day. Our employees love working at Apex, and we want you to love it too. We offer the following benefits:
- Shared upside: receive equity in Apex, letting you benefit from the work you create.
- Best-in-class healthcare, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. The primary's premium is 99%+ covered.
- Enjoy our comprehensive PTO package, fostering employee well-being.
- Competitive 401(k) plan and matching.
- Paternity/maternity leave.
- Daily lunch, unlimited snacks, and regular office BBQs!
- Your dream desk setup, tools, and whatever else you need to be your most productive self.
- A world class office located in Culver City, filled with amazing coworkers and social gatherings for you and your family.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Apex Technology, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Candidates and employees are always evaluated based on merit, qualifications, and performance. We will never discriminate on the basis of race, color, 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.