Lockheed Martin LAUNCH MECH-MECHANICAL SYS in Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

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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.

Our program needs an Launch Systems Technician who will help the PLSSS team with the mechanical abilities in processing equipment for the propulsion and payload transportation.

This occupation requires the modification, maintenance, checkout, adjustment, and the assistance in the development and operation of vehicle and AGE (Aerospace Ground Equipment) mechanical and electro-mechanical systems, subsystems and components including structural, hydraulic, propellant, pneumatic and environmental control systems and equipment.


Determine from instructions and other data the method and sequence of operations to be performed.

Assist Engineering and/or Technicians in the development of structural, hydraulic, propellant, pneumatic and environmental control systems including fabricating, assembly and troubleshooting of vehicle and AGE mechanical, electro-mechanical, and fluid systems.

Assist Engineering and/or Technicians in the operation of such systems during systems test and launches; modify, maintain, checkout, and adjust such systems as required, working from any type of authorized engineering information.

Perform post launch repair and assist in flushing operations on pad facilities.

Work with, or assist by following engineering or technician instruction, mechanics in other fields of specialization as required by performing work up to the level of difficulty described herein. Perform minor maintenance and upkeep for the prevention of corrosion on surfaces while performing authorized modification, repair or installation of replacement parts.


Materials worked with, including, but not limited to: missile propellants and support fluid/gasses, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, Plexiglas and plastics, lubricants, epoxy, adhesives, insulating varnishes, compressed air and cleaning fluids.

Tools used: Standard shop hand tools, various tubing solder and crimping tools; mechanics’ and metal working hand tools, drill presses, hand brakes and shears, disk grinders, power saws, punching and bending machines, sanders, environmental (O2/CO2/explosive air testers.

Basic Qualifications:

Possess a working knowledge of basic mechanical and electro-mechanical systems and possess a knowledge of basic shop theory and practices, including safety regulations, necessary to prepare vehicle and AGE mechanical and electro-mechanical systems and equipment for test launch purposes.

Possess a knowledge of working characteristics of materials used in vehicle manufacture and propulsion.

Normally requires two years of technical training beyond high school plus one year of related mechanical experience.

Work from design information and fill in missing information from knowledge of basic shop theory and practices.

Operate basic shop equipment used for forming and bending metal and assist in the operation of optical and other precision measuring devices.

Ability to work at various heights on gantries, service towers, high lifts, etc; to work in confined areas.

Must acquire and maintain certification in propellant protective equipment, (i.e. SCAPE).

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

Certification in the use of these tools and equipment is required to retain this classification.

Basic knowledge of and ability to use computer systems.

Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.



Lockheed Martin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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