SpaceX has more than 500 open positions, including several openings for environmental health and safety engineers. The jobs are located in Brownsville, Texas, Cape Canaveral, Fla., Vandenberg, Calif., Hawthorne, Calif., and Redmond, Wash.
On Saturday, May 30, Elon Musk’s SpaceX will attempt to launch its Crew Dragon spacecraft from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
The historic launch will be the first time astronauts launch into orbit on a private company’s spacecraft and the first time American astronauts launch in an American-made spacecraft since 2011 when the Space Shuttle program ended.
The environmental health and safety engineer position entails creating and managing “site specific safety policies and programs,” and requires a bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience developing “environmental, health and safety disciplines,” the posting said.
Some of the job responsibilities include:
- Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal safety regulations
- Develop, implement and maintain safety contingency plans (fires, spills, etc.)
- Consult with site management to develop, determine implementation schedule, and operational requirements related to the site specific safety policies
- Develop a proactive approach and plan to preventing and solving workplace safety issues
- Complete job hazard analysis and PPE assessments
- Provide regulatory guidance and safety support for site hazardous operations including confined space entry and working at heights
- Develop and implement field monitoring of employee exposures to job and chemical hazards, and recommend process and product safety features that will reduce employees’ exposure to chemical, physical, and biological work hazards
- Perform safety compliance and due diligence audits which will consider facilities, machinery, and safety equipment. All safety programs will be reviewed during these audits including, PPE usage, fall protection, lock out/tag out, and hearing conservation
In a tweet from February 4 about jobs at SpaceX, Musk said, “A super hardcore work ethic, talent for building things, common sense & trustworthiness are required, the rest we can train.”
Since announcing the job openings in February, SpaceX still has a long list of jobs to fill — more than 500 — with the promise of “competitive salaries, comprehensive health benefits and equity packages,” according to the website.
The company’s mission statement says: “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.”