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Stratolaunch, LLC Equipment Controls & Automation Technician in Mojave, California

Position Summary

Stratolaunch is a technology accelerator that engineers operationally realistic testing at Mach 5+. Our air-launched, Talon testbeds are reusable, cost-effective platforms that enable routine access to the hypersonic environment. We deliver flight data critical to validating system performance and achieving rapid technology deployment. Together with our customers, we drive innovations that are imperative to advancing national security.

Stratolaunch is looking for a skilled individual with the ability to immerse themselves into the unique properties of composite manufacturing plant design and maintenance. Specifically, this person would be responsible for several large ovens including their electrical/computerized components, vacuum pumps and related systems, electronic controls and programming, and Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC). This may include writing software for controls and include the build, maintenance, and testing skillsets relating thereunto. As a Equipment Controls & Automation Tech, you work in a manufacturing facility to ensure the daily operation runs smoothly, with a focus on the equipment and machinery.


  • Support the Stratolaunch mission by building, maintaining, and programming the unique and often proprietary components and equipment utilized in the manufacturing of composite parts which can include ovens and vacuum systems, ply cutters, proprietary “recipe” programming for composite curing, and accurate data recordation.

  • Lead as the on-site subject matter expert for understanding oven design, performing repairs and programming, and preventative maintenance.

  • The ability to recognize, trouble shoot, and work with both high and low voltage safely.

  • A working knowledge and proficiency in the following areas: Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, Vacuum, and Thermodynamics.

  • Ability to conduct software research & development including programming, trouble shooting, repair and set-up on small controls, PLC’s, factory automated controls and oven chart recording.

  • Ability to work with and communicate clearly and concisely technical information with consideration of your audience’s ability to understand it. Lead through regular communication with the manufacturing team to troubleshoot concerns, solve problems, and collaboratively aid them in achieving their program goals within time constraints.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with data acquisition, visualization, and storage methods/software for industrial systems.

  • Ability to create active monitoring and automated notification.

  • Experience with industrial control systems to include design, specification, and troubleshooting of programmable logic controllers (PLC), proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers, on-off controllers, and various graphical user interfaces (GUI) and related software. The ability to tune PID controllers via both automated routines and manually.

  • Experience authoring custom algorithms for the control of industrial systems with consideration of variables beyond setpoint (SP) and process value (PV).

  • Experience with a wide variety data transmission, communication, and modification techniques and standards such as: RS-232, RS-485, ethernet, analogue to digital conversion, and data filtering.

  • Experience with data acquisition, visualization, and storage methods and software for industrial systems including various paper recorders and ideally Watlow Specview SCADA software.

  • A working knowledge of thermocouples, Resistance Temperature Detectors (RTD), thermistors, and pressure transducers including micro welding.

  • Works with facilities/maintenance group to establish a periodic maintenance/preventative maintenance interval plan for related equipment.


Degree from accredited institution or trade school and 5-plus years of relevant experience. OR equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special remarks regarding work environment, if applicable

  • This position is located in Mojave, CA

  • Limited travel may be required.

Benefits and our location:

  • Relocation eligible to local area – Mojave, CA

  • 9/80 schedule

  • Healthcare (medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs)

  • Paid Maternity and Parental Leave

  • 50% company match per contributed dollar into 401(k) savings plan up to the IRS annual limit

  • Tuition reimbursement

Mojave Air & Spaceport is located 95 miles north of Los Angeles. To outsiders it may seem like it is the middle-of-nowhere, but it offers both affordability and central access to a variety of California’s best attractions and landmarks. Hikers will find themselves within a 2-3 hours distance of some of the best state and national parks, including Yosemite and Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Skiers will delight in being closely distanced to world-class resorts at Mammoth Mountain, Mountain High, and Big Bear. Beachgoers can find plenty of sand, sun, and sunsets at both Southern and Central California beaches like Ventura, Huntington, Santa Monica, and Pismo. The area also offers plenty of rural area for off-roading and horseback riding enthusiasts.

Not much for the outdoors and prefer the city life? You’re within a half day’s drive or less of Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and San Francisco where you can find a variety of live entertainment, museums, tours, and historical sight-seeing. Theme parks are in abundance, with Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland, and Knotts Berry Farm ready to meet the needs of rollercoaster thrill seekers.

Food and drink fanatics are in a haven of delectable choices. Wine aficionados will also find easy access to some of the state’s best vino in Paso Robles, Santa Ynez, and even more locally in Tehachapi and Agua Dulce. Beer fanatics will find some of the best West Coast IPAs at Bravery and Lucky Luke’s in Lancaster. Any food option you crave is covered, and we always recommend the authentic and fresh Mexican food that you won’t find anywhere else in the United States.

Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

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Job Category: Facilities