Mission Ops Technology Specialist

Los Angeles, California /
Engineering – Electronic Systems /
Full-time
ABL Space Systems was founded in 2017 by veterans of SpaceX and Morgan Stanley to develop low-cost launch vehicles for the small satellite industry. More importantly, we’re building a launch system we are truly proud of – no gimmicks or over-design, just reliable, rapidly deployable launches. We’re an ambitious team with big goals and, together, we’re determined to prove that reaching space can be simple, efficient, and routine.  

When launch day arrives, we want you by our side

Mission Ops Technology Specialist - Electrical Focus
As a Mission Ops Technology Specialist with an electrical focus you will be responsible for performing for the design, installation, operation, and maintenance of various low to medium voltage power, control and data systems deployed throughout ABL’s test sites, launch sites and/or home facilities. You will be a key facilitator of power and mission control infrastructure to support diverse teams all aligned towards one goal, launching rockets.  This includes supporting multiple Engineers, Engineering Operators, Technicians, and other Mission Operations Technology team members. We are looking for an electromechanically focused Mission Ops Technology Specialist, who is self-motivated, enjoys solving diverse rapidly evolving scenarios, can work effectively with multiple groups in a fast-paced environment, has a strong focus on system safety and safe design, and who shares our passion for building. This is a role that contributes to ABL's goal of proving that reaching space can be simple, efficient, and routine.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Operate and maintain all Mojave Test Site power systems. 
    • Document and troubleshoot electrical system and generator failures. 
    • Coordinate with hardware vendors to acquire, swap, etc. power system hardware and infrastructure including generators, transformers, transfer switches, and preventative maintenance services. 
    • Interface with and manage electrical contractors on a varying basis. 
    • Mount electrical cabinets, run conduit, busway, etc. as necessary for specified electrical installations.
    • Wire breaker panels, lights, air conditioning/heating equipment, outlets, etc. as required to support ABL test operations. 
    • Create cable harnessing as necessary to connect new temporary and permanent assets. 
    • Work with engineers to develop the architecture and electrical safety equipment necessary for uninterruptable power distribution and standby systems. 
    • Support engineering with system activations, testing, deployments and maintenance. 
    • Assist with long term power studies of ABL test and launch site power systems using power analyzers. 
    • Develop and maintain high quality work instructions, bills of materials, test/operation procedures and electro-mechanical drawings.
    • Maintain inventory of commonly used wire, electrical hardware, and tooling. 

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

    • Associated Degree or Equivalent Certificate, Trade School Certification, Military, or Professional work experience in electrical and control systems up to 600VAC and 600A.
    • Solid understanding power distribution, power infrastructure, electrical installation, generators, wiring methods and electrical safety.
    • Training, certification or verifiable work history with NFPA 70, NFPA 70E, NFPA 79 and/or similar electrical standards and procedures. 
    • Experience building and routing electrical harnessing up to 600 MCM, Ethernet, fiberoptic and coaxial data cables. 
    • Communication skills for relaying necessary information (verbally and in-writing) between other employees and customers
    • Capable of reading various types of electrical one line drawings and wiring schematics.
    • Ability to both author, review and follow written work instructions. 
    • Previous experience operating in a hazardous, fast paced work environment. 
    • Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
    • Demonstrated ability to coordinate, create and drive projects to completion.
    • A strong passion for space exploration. 

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

    • CA Licensed Electrical Journeyman or Master Electrician (industrial or commercial specialization).
    • Work experience as a generator tech.
    • History of promoting electrical workmanship and safety. 
    • Experience leading installation and wiring of electrical components and systems.
    • Understanding of vendor management practices. 
    • Reviewing and assessing compliance of proposed and current electrical installations for conformance to NFPA 70 and/or other applicable standards.  
    • Background in aerospace, defense, oil and gas, industrial controls or similar industries.

WHAT WE LOOK FOR

    • Critical thinking: ABL engineers understand the “why” behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes
    • Ability to deal with ambiguity: ABL engineers must be comfortable defining their own pathway to an objective
    • End-to end ownership: projects are delivered fully complete and ready for flight

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENTS:

    • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time.
    • Ability to use a computer to complete assignments.
    • Ability to use common electrical hand and power tools.
    • Ability to lift items weighing 50lbs or more.
    • Ability to work indoors or outdoors in varying weather.
    • Ability to communicate with individuals and groups in person, by phone and telepresence.
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will typically work in an office, workshop and/or outdoor environment.
    • Travel, which may sometimes be short notice and outside the continental United States, may be required up to 10% of the time to various ABL test and launch sites.   


ITAR Requirement
This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations.  As such, US person status (including US citizens, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) is a required qualification for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.