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Lockheed Martin Mechanical Launch Technician in Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

Description: The coolest jobs on this planet… or any other… are with Lockheed Martin Space. At the dawn of a new space age, Lockheed Martin is a pioneer, partner, innovator and builder. Our amazing men and women are on a mission to make a difference in the world and every day we use our unique skills and experiences to create, design and build solutions to some of the worlds’ hardest engineering problems. Our culture encourages employees to dream big, perform with excellence and create incredible products. We provide the resources, inspiration and focus and if you have the passion and courage to dream big, we want to build a better tomorrow with you.

IAM Hourly represented employees who currently work at the main (Sunnyvale/Palo Alto) unit, Santa Cruz, VAFB or Eastern Range facilities must apply to open requisitions on Brass Ring to be considered for the position.

The Payload Launch Sites Support Services (PLSSS) Program provides all launch processing support functions for Office of Space Launch (OSL). One of the program’s two primary operating locations is Vandenberg AFB, CA. Key elements of the PLSSS program scope include satellite launch processing, satellite transport operations, satellite propellant loading operations, and satellite processing facilities O&M, clean room operations, and safety and environmental services.


This occupation encompasses the mechanical duties of development, modification, final check out, maintenance, adjustment and operation of facility and vehicle systems, including fairings, AGE (Aerospace Ground Equipment), mechanical, electro-mechanical systems, subsystems and components. Includes participation in countdown test, structural, hydraulic, propellant, pyrotechnic, pneumatic, cryogenic, pressured gasses, environmental and contamination control systems and abort procedures, and post-flight or missile accident recovery programs.


Operate and maintain vehicle/AGE monitoring equipment. Plan assigned work, methods and sequence of operations. Working from any type of authorized engineering documentation, check out, maintain, adjust, modify, troubleshoot and make engineer-approved changes. Review test procedures, and make appropriate recommendations, as needed. Working from sketches, drawings, wiring diagrams, schematics, manufacturer's specifications, blueprints or other written technical data, isolate problems and repair or replace failed components in launch vehicles and AGE support equipment including precision component cleaning, commodity sampling, non-volatile residue (NVR sampling and the fabrication of new parts. Work from oral instructions for the purpose of assignments and direction. Install and maintain stainless tubing, braided steel lines, high pressure fittings, purge systems, air pumps, regulators and other pressured resource distribution systems. Perform minor maintenance and upkeep for the prevention of corrosion on surfaces while performing authorized modification, repair or installation of replacement parts.

Perform proofloading of lifting and hoist equipment. Perform pneumatic and hydrostatic testing.

Perform vehicle alignments using precision measuring equipment. Connect or mate electronic control cable to AGE and associated equipment; operate and maintain vehicle/AGE monitoring equipment. Operate and monitor control systems supporting launch facility operations or vehicle environment controls.

Operate, maintain and repair structural, hydraulic, propellant, pneumatic, fluid, cryogenic, pressured gasses (i.e. nitrogen, helium, breathing air, fuels, oxidizers, etc.) and environmental control systems. Perform vehicle alignment procedures and accomplish final vehicle acceptance tests and pre/post launch repair and flushing operations. May be required to maintain certifications in propellant protective equipment, i.e,(SCAPE); operate portable vapor detectors and perform propellant operations.

Position ladders and work platforms.

Basic Qualifications:

Working knowledge of methods and requirements including safety and environmental regulations necessary to prepare vehicle and AGE systems and equipment for test or launch purposes. Possess a working knowledge of working characteristics of materials used in vehicle manufacture, propulsion and structural materials, mechanical parts and assemblies. Set-up and operate various types of metal forming, bending, blanking, and cutting machines and equipment. Ability to use shop mathematics, including algebra and trigonometry. Normally requires two years of technical training beyond high school, plus three years of experience in an aerospace mechanical field.

Ability to use tools and equipment to perform work described herein. Recertification in the use of these tools and equipment is required to retain this job classification.

Must have ability to work at various heights on gantries, towers, and poles; to work in confined areas.

Operate basic shop equipment used for forming, fabricating and machining metal and operate optical and other precision measuring devices.

Must have ability to work at various heights on gantries, towers and poles, and be able to work in confined areas.

Must be able to lift 25 lbs.

Ability to use tools and equipment necessary to perform work described herein.

Must be willing to travel.

Must be a United States citizen.

Must be able to obtain a TS/SCI security clearance.

Must be able to maintain certifications in propellant protective equipment, i.e,(SCAPE).

Desired Skills:

Able to work from test procedures

Able to understand direction in a fast pace hazardous environment.

Able to work in a team atmosphere and work in a diverse work group



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