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Space Resources Sr. Facilities and Equipment Technician

Company: Blue Origin
Location: Woodland Hills
Posted on: November 19, 2023

Job Description:

At Blue Origin, we envision millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. We're working to develop reusable, safe, and low-cost space vehicles and systems within a culture of safety, collaboration, and inclusion. Join our diverse team of problem solvers as we add new chapters to the history of spaceflight! This position is part of the Space Systems Development (SSD) business unit. SSD develops next-generation concepts and systems to advance our future of living and working in space sustainably.

Blue Origin's vision is to shape a future where millions of people live and work in space for the benefit of Earth. We believe that to preserve our planet, humanity must expand beyond our limits, venturing into space to explore and discover new energy and material resources.

To achieve this, we invite you to be a part of our Space Resources Program. This initiative is at the forefront of developing In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) technologies, destined for the Moon and beyond. If you're passionate about our mission and are looking to make a meaningful contribution, you might just be the ideal candidate to join our inclusive, innovative, and forward-thinking team.
In this hands-on role, you will be based entirely on-site at our Los Angeles Facility, collaborating closely with the Space Resources Program team. We are on the lookout for a qualified Facilities and Equipment Technician. As such, you will play a pivotal role in operating and maintaining environmental test systems, including vacuum chambers crucial for conducting high-power and high-temperature space exploration technology experiments.

Your responsibilities include ensuring operational excellence and maintaining the highest standards of Environmental Health and Safety during laboratory experiments. You will be in charge of the setup, calibration, and maintenance of laboratory instruments and equipment, guaranteeing they fulfill our stringent spaceflight qualification standards.

We seek a candidate who brings technical know-how, leadership capabilities, and a dedication to quality, all of which are vital in making a positive impact on our mission. The pace at Blue Origin is brisk, with rapid cycles of design, analysis, and integration, aimed at delivering scalable solutions. Therefore, we need someone who is adaptable, proactive, eager to learn, and uncompromising on safety and quality. Creativity, a spirit of innovation, and the ability to manage changing requirements are key to thriving in this role.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Overseeing the installation, maintenance, and repair of laboratory instruments and equipment.

  • Ensuring compliance with Environmental Health and Safety standards during vacuum chamber experiments.

  • Coordinating with contractors for facility modifications and with vendors for equipment delivery and service.

  • Managing the inventory of laboratory consumables and chemical waste, including adherence to proper disposal protocols in coordination with Environmental Health and Safety departments.

  • Developing and maintaining Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Job Hazard Analyses (JHAs).

    • Setting up and operating a range of CNC and manual machining tools.

    • Contributing to a culture of safety, collaboration, and inclusion within the Agile Hardware Development team.

      Minimum Qualifications:

      • A minimum of 10 years of laboratory experience.

        • Proficient in laboratory setup, including installing analytical instruments and fabrication machinery.

        • Skilled in basic electrical wiring, thermocouple, pressure transducer, and pump installation.

        • Adept at developing and updating SOPs and JHAs.

        • Hands-on experience with a variety of laboratory instruments and equipment.

        • Effective in managing contractor and vendor relations for facility and equipment servicing.

          • Proven ability to manage laboratory chemical waste and compliance with safety standards.

          • Physical capability to move heavy equipment up to 40 lbs as necessary.

          • Excellent communication skills with an emphasis on team collaboration.

          • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident, or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

            Preferred Qualifications:

            • B.S. in a relevant field.

            • CAD design and fabrication for custom test support fixtures.

            • Demonstrated experience with large vacuum chambers for integrated testing.

              • Relevant certifications in safety, hazardous material handling, or vacuum chamber operations.

              • Forklift operation experience or certification.

                Compensation range for on site CA applicants is $42.50-$62.28 USD Inclusivity Statement
                Don't meet all desired requirements? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you're excited about this role but your past experience doesn't align perfectly with every desired qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

                Export Control Regulations
                Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S.as a refugee or granted asylum.

                Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave (must be employed at time of birth or adoption), short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program available after 1 year of service.
                Paid Time Off: Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays for all regular employees (including part-time), fixed-term, and interns.
                Discretionary bonus: Employees may be eligible for discretionary bonuses in addition to base pay. Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.

                Equal Employment Opportunity
                Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, including the Washington Fair Chance Act, the California Fair Chance Act, the Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws. For more information on "EEO Is the Law," please see here and here.

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Keywords: Blue Origin, Los Angeles , Space Resources Sr. Facilities and Equipment Technician, Engineering , Woodland Hills, California

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