I know a couple people here work at spacex as engineers but what about the technical side?
I'm a qualified avionics tech with multiple nasa/mil-std certs and a math BS.
Woild working as a tech there be worth it? The shifts are quite long and the pay isn't indicated but the idea of working on F9s and FHs eventually sounds pretty cool.
Tl;dr: Does anyone know anything about the technicians work environment at SpaceX?
The tech/skilled labor environment is in some ways actually nicer than the engineering side. Pay is usually more in line with industry standards when starting out on the tech side, whereas it tends to start low and then build up on the engineering side.
Also, unless you get hired as a manager/supervisor, you'll be hourly which can be great with all the overtime pay. I know some welders who were pulling in almost as much as the weld engineers due to all the OT.
You'll still have to put in some OT, and this really varies by dept, schedule and skill level but its not as bad/good as it was in the past. We have a much bigger/more mature workforce than even two years ago and OT has to be approved at higher levels now. I know some techs who actually complain now that they can't get cleared for all the OT they want, this was never the case a couple years ago.
I know a couple of SpaceX people who went to work for Hyperloop Tech and a couple from Tesla here in Hawthorne who did the same.
Even family/friends tours are becoming harder to get authorized now, we have too many employees and our production space is really cramped.
I don't think we ever did tours for the general public.
>avionics tech with multiple nasa/mil-std certs
They have an avionics program at my CC that I'm thinking of getting into. How do you like your current job and where do you work?
How can you get the NASA/Mil certs? Is it a long process? On the job training or specialized schools?
Also, why did you go that route if you already have a math BS?
I did it through the air force. All my certs were paid for or part of the training that is in line with industry that you can get 'certed' for.
Its a gray area of sorts where you get taught the standards but not officially recognised unless you chase them up about it.
I did my degree part time while already working out of interest, not for my career.
My job at the air force was awesome, worked on cool planes and went on some nice trips but the bays was where its at, working down to component level on some high tech LREs. Radios, vmms, electrical, ewis, systems development (inventing stuff).
Now i work at rocketlab as a harness tech designing and implementing cable work on their rockets.
I did, now rockets and to a lesser extent, some sat work
Has anyone met Elon? When you shook his hand what did he smell like?
I imagine he has a "Musk"ey scent like Old Spice etc
>Working at SpaceX
Britfag here, the fuckers won't give me a job because of ITAR restrictions
I work in a Ford R&D lab right now as a test technician. I've been a mechanic for 7 years, which helped me get this job, but before this I had no lab experience at all. I have no degree, and dream of working for either SpaceX or at the LHC. I'm willing to do anything (inb4 suckin dick) to get to either of those places, more so the LHC. It probably sounds like a pipe dream, but I know I can do it.
Why don't you try studying part time while you work? Ford may even help you to gain another qualification (many employers do this).
You will not get anywhere near CERN without a basic science degree or similar
Don't give up
I'm working 40+ hours a week here, while starting up a mechanics class for the high school in the city I live in. Time is tight, I just want to get my schedule straight before I go back to school, which I was attending a year or so ago. The company I work for is a independent engineering contractor that works in house with Ford. They'll help pay for school, or flat out pay for all of it if i attend the Henry Ford Community College down the road a ways. I won't rest till I've tried my all, and then some.
save some dough and quit/take a sabbatical to get a mechanical engineering degree.
i worked as a generator technician for 6 years before i did it. never looked back m8. follow your dreams.
don't try to work full time and do engineering school though.
are you doing the degree just to grind out some piece of paper or do you actually want to immerse yourself in the material and learn something.
hard to go to office hours and just rap with your professor about a topic when you are working 20 hours a week.
my first attempt at college was a spectacular failure because i was young and just wanted to work with my hands and make money.
i appreciate it more now and just want to read books and play around in the machine shop. college is fucking rad. enjoy it.
Thanks for the info. I would join the AF for a chance to work on some cool planes but I'm disqualified for a variety of medical reasons. I'm going to CC now and plan on taking some avionics and machinist classes. Do you think this is a good start?
How is working at Rocketlab? Why do you want to move to SpaceX?
People always say this but the SpaceX anon above >>7803273 seems to imply its ok. Any more info on this?
If pay sucks so much at SpaceX, how do they keep attracting what seems like pretty good people?
Really, most people just care about living comfortably. Money isn't as a big of a motivator as posters here seem to think it is once you get into the real world.
Outside of that, go find a copy of Heinlein's short "Requiem" and you'll see the kind of shit that got people to fall in love with the idea of working in a space program.
>working 80 hours a week
They're getting abused and manipulated by Musk because they're too naive to understand that he's just using them. This is not to the engineers' benefit.
>that's what i've heard from going on websites full of mentally ill teenagers like 4chan and reddit
Standard here is 40 hours a week. Many (highly-paid) professionals do more, especially doctors, but SpaceX is completely out of bounds, and is at the same level as videogame companies.
>they're too naive to understand that he's just using them
This might be true for a small group of the engineers here, especially when starting out, but in general I think people have a pretty good grasp of reality. We all know Elon's motivations and the costs/benefits of working here, no one is being used or misled. If they are, they deserve it for being so out of touch with reality.
This might come as a surprise to many posters here, but its actually not that difficult to navigate the job market and ensure your employer doesn't take advantage of you. While SpaceX expects a lot of hours from its engineers, plenty of people are able to use SpaceX to their own benefit as well, its not a one way relationship.
Plenty of people here go home after 50-55 hours. Yeah its true that not many "only" work 40, but its also an exaggeration to say everyone is putting in 70 hour weeks over extended periods of time.
Also, as I said earlier, I know many people in the tech/skilled labor group that complain they can't get authorized to work all the OT they want. I understand that's not a perfect comparison since they get better pay for OT, but it still stands that even here there are people that would like to work more than they're allowed.