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Ground Support Equipment Engineer (multiple openings)

Merritt Island, FL 32953

Posted: 05/24/2024 Industry: Engineering Job Number: 1975145 Pay Rate: 50/hour - 80/hour

Job Description

Up to 6 openings on multiple shifts immediately available.


Compensation: Up to $80/hour plus overtime (10 hours weekly is available) 11 paid holidays, multiple weeks PTO, and full healthcare benefits.


Location: Merritt Island, Florida. These positions are hybrid WFH and onsite at a space rocket facility with some work-from-home throughout the week.


Positions are 6-24 month contract-to-hire opportunities with high possibility to convert to FTE.


Contact for more information and for access to over 100+ other openings in space and aerospace.


As part of a diverse and hardworking team of specialists and engineers, this position supports production and manufacturing groups across the company by crafting automated production machinery and establishing standards, processes, and guides for the design of control systems for spaceflight vehicle manufacturing and production. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of controlsconceptualization, design, configuration, verification, installation, testing, and support. Through conversations with internal customers and external vendors, you will develop controls processes and standards while supporting tooling control projects from inception through commissioning as well as supporting the machinery on the production floor by troubleshooting problems in real time. This position specializes in tooling through design, specifications and post commission support. Additionally, you will support requests from development labs for specialty equipment and other emergent needs by providing rapid turnaround of well-designed and cost-efficient systems. Critical production support is the mainstay of this position where you will be the first responder to controls related stop production issues and will be the focal solution provider in these instances.

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and dedication to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!


  • Strong abilities in all phases of control and automation production machinery from cradle to grave including design, process definition and simplification, deployment, qualification, troubleshooting code as well as electro-mechanical systems.
  • Proficiency with design, procurement, assembly, commissioning, and maintenance of automated equipment/machinery used for processing aerospace vehicle and component production or ground support equipment.
  • Experience in building, maintaining, and installing assembly machinery, machine tool, production automation, test automation machinery, robotic work cells, fabrication machinery, automated guidedvehicles, etc. This is a machine and tooling position, responsible for ensuring production automation machinery functions as needed.
  • Passion for our mission: Millions of people living and working in space!
  • Minimum of a bachelors college degree in mechanical, aerospace, electrical, structural, industrial, or manufacturing engineering; or other major requiring engineering or manufacturing core courses
  • 5 years’ experience with mechanical systems (mechanisms, power transmission components, hydraulics, fluids systems, etc.), electrical systems/components, control systems, support frames/structures, and/or lifting fixtures.
  • Experience coordinating and prioritizing work
  • Familiarity manipulating models and reading drawings/schematics
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion.
  • A continuous improvement mindset. Our job is never complete; we are always optimizing.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

Desired (but not required) experience:
  • Experience with CAD modeling and drawings in PTC Creo.
  • Experience with revision control and data configuration in Windchill.
  • Experience authoring and executing maintenance work orders
  • Experience working on aerospace development programs, production lines, or field operations in both design and hands-on roles; experience on commercial development programs a plus
  • Extremely customer focused with strong communication skills
  • A demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with teams of diverse skills across large geographic distances
  • Hands on fabrication, assembly, or maintenance experience
  • Familiar with various control systems standards such as IEC 61131, ANSI B11, NFPA 79, and RIA 15.06
  • Experience with writing and developing software in a high-level language such as Python, C#, etc.
  • Excellent technical writing, grammar, and presentation experience
  • Experience with electrical verification of machines
  • Experience with process automation equipment & tooling


Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Who is Rainier Recruiting? 

Rainier Recruiting is a boutique, award winning national staffing agency and executive search firm. Using an approach that “treats every

candidate like an executive search”, we offer positions in contract-to-hire, Full-Time, and executive search. Named the #1 Best Workplace in Washington State in 2022, recognized as a ClearlyRated Best of Staffing firm, and identified as a top recruitment firm by multiple business journals, Rainier Recruiting is fast becoming a respected company. We are no longer the “best recruiters you have never heard of”. Rainier Recruiting is also proud to share our clients have a 93% repeat business rate. Rainier Recruiting is an equal opportunity employer and service provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, gender, gender identity, national origin, citizenship status, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation or belief, or any other protected class. We are committed to the principles of Equal Opportunity Employment and are dedicated to making employment decisions based on merit and value, for ourselves, our client companies, and for the candidates we represent. We engage in socially conscious business practices and believe that diverse, equitable, inclusive, and non-biased talent and recruitment processes are foundational to the success of every organization that we partner with.  

Meet Your Recruiter

Lauren Klemp
Senior Recruiter

Lauren has over 6 years of full cycle recruitment experience, with a demonstrated history of partnering with clients to make key placements ranging from A16Z seed stealth projects to FAANG companies. She started her recruiting career in Seattle, WA within the Aerospace industry and has branched into various industries and skillsets since.  

Her true passion/purpose is creating close & intentional relationships with both hiring managers and professionals looking for a better fit career opportunity. When she’s not at work you can find her on the beaches of San Diego playing volleyball, swimming in the ocean, or cooking at home accompanied by her beloved cat, Gus. 


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