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Industrial Maintenance Technician



Vandenberg Village, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 11, 2024

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.


The Industrial Maintenance Technician at SpaceX works in a fast-paced environment, where the extraordinary becomes the everyday. This position will oversee the installation and maintenance of our heavy industrial equipment such as cranes, elevators, and mega doors by third party contractors. This role will also be responsible for ensuring the smooth operation of our machinery and mechanical equipment as well as installing new equipment, performing regular services, performing maintenance procedures, and troubleshooting equipment breakdowns. As an industrial maintenance technician, you will utilize all tools at your disposal to ensure reliability of the industrial equipment and any associated support equipment. This will involve corrective, preventive and predictive maintenance techniques, as well as operational and design feedback for maintaining and improving all systems at the Vandenberg launch facilities.


  • Read and interpret engineering blueprints
  • Install new production support equipment, ground support equipment, and/or launch support equipment
  • Maintain and install all electrical, mechanic, hydraulic, and pneumatic systems
  • Inspect and assess functionality of critical facility systems (cranes, elevators, compressed air, and large overhead doors)
  • Troubleshoot mechanical breakdowns
  • Adjust mechanical parts using hand and machine tools
  • Fabricate and/or source parts for repairs and machine upgrades
  • Identify and coordinate with vendors for routine and emergency maintenance
  • Communicate with the production, ground, and launch teams
  • Prepare and submit maintenance reports
  • Repair broken or leaking plumbing to avoid damage and restore full use of affected system (compressed air, water, or hydraulic)Identify and troubleshoot damaged electrical wiring
  • Assist HVAC team in maintaining the building HVAC equipment in order to keep climate control in the facility functioning properly when surges of work load occur
  • Fixing potential safety hazards to avoid injuries


  • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
  • 3+ years of professional experience in maintaining, troubleshooting, and repairing electrical, mechanical, fluid, or control systems


  • In-depth knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems maintenance
  • Knowledge of parametric and industrial control systems
  • Familiarity with OSHA safety standards and regulation
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills
  • Basic computer and report writing skill
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to lift and manipulate heavy equipment with the use of cranes, forklifts, and or similar equipment
  • Good time-management skill
  • Knowledge in the following areas: HVAC, electrical safety, pneumatic principles, tubing, pipe-fittings, rotating machinery (pumps, air compressors, etc.), machining, and welding
  • Experience in the following fields: (AC) alternating current and (DC) direct current electrical, and aerospace
  • Knowledge of high-pressure gas, flammable gas, refrigeration gases, and recovery
  • Operational knowledge multi-meter and operation of various hand tools and power tools


  • Ability to pass Air Force background check for Vandenberg
  • Ability to work the following shift, overtime, and weekends as needed:
  • Day Shift:
    • 6:00 AM - 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday
  • Ability to become forklift certified
  • Ability to perform job duties that require standing, kneeling, crouching, twisting upper body, working in cramped positions in small opening and climbing hand over hand, lifting 50 lbs., and working on ladders/lifts at elevated heights
  • Schedule varies depending on site operational needs and flexibility required regarding frequent overtime
  • Ability to support flight hardware road transport as needed
  • Familiar with Lean or Six Sigma tools


Pay range:

Industrial Maintenance Technician/Level 1: $22.00 - $29.75/hour
Industrial Maintenance Technician/Level 2: $27.50 - $35.75/hour
Industrial Maintenance Technician/Level 3: $33.00 - $41.75/hour

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the 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.