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Thermal Protection System Installation Technician (6 openings)

Merritt Island, FL 32953

Posted: 05/24/2024 Industry: Manufacturing Job Number: 1826318 Pay Rate: 30/hour - 46/hour

Job Description

Up to 6 openings on multiple shifts immediately available.


Compensation: Up to $46/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 100% onsite at a space rocket facility with no possibility of remote or work-from-home.


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.


In this position, you will be responsible for manufacturing various thermal protections systems (TPS) for New Glenn flight hardware according to written procedures, engineering models, drawings, and specifications. You will be responsible to operate various material handling equipment including forklifts. You will perform second party verifications and hardware inspections to engineering models, drawings, specifications, and written procedure.

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

  • Responsible for the manufacture of thermal protection systems (TPS) through multiple processes including adhesive bonding, heat cleaning, water proofing, CNC quilting, material processing, inspection, and packaging.
  • Perform surface preparation, fixturing, adhesive application, material selection and preparation.
  • Adhering to operational requirements, methods, and sequences of operation to be followed in operating CNC machinery and CO2 lasers and in the required maintenance of process equipment.
  • Read and quickly develop a full understanding of work instructions, records data bases, and process specifications controlling the manufacturing processes.
  • Perform tasks assigned in the manufacturing processes while maintaining strict adherence to process specifications and work instructions.
  • Complete all process qualifications required for the position in a timely manner.
  • Continuous personal efforts toward maintaining the safety, 5s and FOD controls, quality, and process improvement.
  • Maintain a positive attitude in difficult or stressful situations.
  • Personal commitment to build strong working relationships in support of the team’s efforts to achieve goals set before them.
  • Ability and willingness to work in environment with safely controlled exposure to solvents, chemicals, and respiratory hazards, wearing and maintaining safe use of respirators, PAPRS and protective gloves and clothing.
  • Commitment to work 1st, 2nd, or set weekend shift and overtime as required. This position will also require ability to work shift rotations when specified to meet schedule and may require off site travel for up to 30-day periods.

  • Passion for our mission: Millions of people living and working in space!
  • Experience working in an aerospace manufacturing or other manufacturing environment with strict quality and configuration controls.
  • Proven expertise in one or more of the following: two part RTV bonding, operation of CNC machinery, CO2 Lasers, chemical spray mixing and application, vacuum infusion, automated systems operation and troubleshooting, and Hazardous waste treatment and handling. 
  • Experience applying sealants, conversion coatings, primers, and adhesives. 
  • Must be able to be respirator qualified.
  • Ability to work, listen and learn, and mentor in return, respectfully and cooperatively with diverse teams in a dynamic environment.
  • Ability to interpret engineering models, drawings, specifications, written work instructions, and test procedures.
  • Basic computer skills such as Windows, Microsoft Office, etc.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Perform repetitive work including lifting of heavy items, >50lbs.
  • 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:
  • 3+ Years of experience working with aerospace thermal protection systems.
  • Experience with fundamentals of aerospace quality inspection, and peer to peer inspection processes.
  • Industry certification, trade school training and/or degree in related field.
  • Demonstrated success as a “hands-on” technical leader or technical skills mentor.
  • Evident track record of a strong work ethic and close attention to detail, and organizational skills in a fast-paced dynamic team environment with rapidly changing roles and responsibilities.
  • Continuous improvement mindset. Our job is never complete; we are always refining and improving.
  • Intense curiosity for understanding the details of our business and how to optimize it.
  • Experience in processing aerospace components, maintaining configuration control and documentation.
  • Experience in new product development and qualification processes.

 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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