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(Popular Science)   The four weirdest jobs you can get at SpaceX   (popsci.com) divider line 29
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2013-08-22 06:10:57 PM  
What about those four jobs is weird? Three of them aren't even unique. A Visual Coordinator is an interior decorator. A General Helper is a handyman. The Crane Tech job isn't weird either, there are lots of cranes out there. So that leaves Space Suit Engineer, which is a pretty specific job but how "weird" is it for a company dealing with spaceflight to want one?

I feel more like I read a Monster.com page than a PopSci article.
 
2013-08-22 06:48:25 PM  
Elon Musk's fluffer?
 
2013-08-22 06:56:37 PM  
I live near that new spaceport so when looking for jobs I stumble upon listings like "Chief Astronaut Trainer" which would be a pretty dope job title.
 
2013-08-22 07:26:51 PM  
1. Designer/Janitor
2. Crane operator
3. Typical Handyman
4. Engineer who is probably gay

I wouldn't really consider any of those 'weird'. Any job can be 'weird' if you describe it weirdly.
 
2013-08-22 07:30:35 PM  
Catch: 70hrs/week expected
 
2013-08-22 07:37:45 PM  

GleeUnit: Catch: 70hrs/week expected


If I could work in the space industry, I'd be down with that.
 
2013-08-22 08:07:15 PM  
Does anyone have the link to the weird jobs? All that one listed are pretty normal.
 
2013-08-22 08:08:31 PM  
 
2013-08-22 08:36:00 PM  

RaiderFanMikeP: I use to work in the space industry...

 here are the links to projects I have worked on

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LDEF

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Brant_(rocket)

http://www.astronautix.com/craft/flivicer.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conestoga_(rocket)

http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/faisat-1.htm

http://space.skyrocket.de/doc_sdat/faisat-2v.htm

Job was awesome.. work sucked!


My grandpa worked at Lockheed back in their early days of aerospace.  While cleaning out the garage, I found some telemetry from the Discoverer launches back in the late 50s.  It's crazy to think that just 10 years later, we put men on the moon.  The Discoverer launches were failure after failure after failure.  They didn't have their first full success until the 14th launch.

Looks like I have data from two passes of Discoverer 2 and something labeled "Thor 3" with a note that says "distruct" just after 2 minutes.  Gramps wasn't the best speller.  :)
 
2013-08-22 08:39:30 PM  

jtown: Looks like I have data from two passes of Discoverer 2 and something labeled "Thor 3" with a note that says "distruct" just after 2 minutes.  Gramps wasn't the best speller.  :)


Thor was a ballistic missile that was refined into a space launch vehicle in the late 1950s/early 1960s.
 
2013-08-22 08:45:42 PM  

Cybernetic: jtown: Looks like I have data from two passes of Discoverer 2 and something labeled "Thor 3" with a note that says "distruct" just after 2 minutes.  Gramps wasn't the best speller.  :)

Thor was a ballistic missile that was refined into a space launch vehicle in the late 1950s/early 1960s.


Yep.  I just can't tell where it was in the series because it looks like mice ate off the rest of the tail of the paper strip.  I don't know if it was the third ever or the third in a series.  Whichever one blew up at the 2 minute mark, I guess.  :)
 
2013-08-22 08:53:44 PM  

RaiderFanMikeP: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Brant_(rocket)


Your link goes to the goose, probably because the linker maker thingy cut the URL off.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Brant_%28rocket%29

We wanted to make an Estes-type model of that thing when we were young. We could never wait long enough to build anything "scale", we just launched things as soon as the glue was tacky.
 
2013-08-22 08:54:17 PM  

RaiderFanMikeP: I use to work in the space industry...

Job was awesome.. work sucked!


I spent two years working at Kennedy Space Center on part of the Constellation program. KSC is space-geek paradise. Just getting up and going to work at KSC every day was awesome. I got to see shuttle payloads being processed in the high-bays. I got to see a night rollout of the shuttle from the VAB to the pad, and of course I got to see a bunch of shuttle and rocket launches. I got to watch one shuttle launch from the stairway on the side of the Launch Control Center, which is minimum safe distance from the pad. The roar of the launch echoing of the sides of the VAB is one of the most amazing things I've ever heard (and felt).

The work itself had the same kind of frustrations as any other job, but it was still awesome. I'd work there again in a heartbeat.
 
2013-08-22 09:48:42 PM  
I used to have a purple double am I in?, picture tells me I am more than qualified

/Wait Stop reading!! Please
//Ask as glass of water
 
2013-08-22 09:56:52 PM  
I know a couple of youngish engineers who passed on SpaceX because they were like fark no, not living in LA.  I can sympathize.  LA natives are like New Yorkers, though, they have no idea why people wouldn't want to live in their shiathole.
 
2013-08-22 10:01:40 PM  
SpaceX is a resume builder. It's a shiatty place to work, but people throw money at you when they see your resume.
 
2013-08-22 10:05:35 PM  
If they had a career incentive like.. work for us for 8-10 years and get a trip up, I might be inclined to do whatever crap job they wanted.
 
2013-08-22 10:12:24 PM  

jtown: Cybernetic: jtown: Looks like I have data from two passes of Discoverer 2 and something labeled "Thor 3" with a note that says "distruct" just after 2 minutes.  Gramps wasn't the best speller.  :)

Thor was a ballistic missile that was refined into a space launch vehicle in the late 1950s/early 1960s.

Yep.  I just can't tell where it was in the series because it looks like mice ate off the rest of the tail of the paper strip.  I don't know if it was the third ever or the third in a series.  Whichever one blew up at the 2 minute mark, I guess.  :)


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Thor_and_Delta_launches (1957- 1959)
Just click on the '57-59 series.  Unfortunately, blowing up might not be a good way to determine which launch that was since the early launch systems were pretty flaky...
 
2013-08-22 10:16:53 PM  

almandot: If they had a career incentive like.. work for us for 8-10 years and get a trip up, I might be inclined to do whatever crap job they wanted.


You'd toil for a decade to go float in a tin can for a few hours?

Really?

You could fly in a MiG for 25000$. And you actually get to fly the plane, not just be a monkey passenger in a fully automated tin can.
 
2013-08-22 10:30:52 PM  

iron_city_ap: 1. Designer/Janitor
2. Crane operator
3. Typical Handyman
4. Engineer who is probably gay

I wouldn't really consider any of those 'weird'. Any job can be 'weird' if you describe it weirdly.




This.
Interior decorator, crane driver, and handyman are fairly normal jobs.
Space suit engineer is probably the most specific and difficult to come by. Its not like we see much of a call for them around these parts.
 
2013-08-22 11:12:45 PM  

GleeUnit: Catch: 70hrs/week expected


Heck, I'm in - I'll have a lot more free time!
 
2013-08-22 11:14:56 PM  

Quantum Apostrophe: Elon Musk's fluffer?


... what's it pay?

/boy you sure gots a purdy mouth
 
2013-08-23 12:14:02 AM  

GleeUnit: Catch: 70hrs/week expected


I once applied to SpaceX to be a rocket test engineer. The job listing specified there would be overtime required.
 
2013-08-23 01:21:51 AM  
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2013-08-23 08:27:03 AM  
I'm not smart enough to get into rocket science, but I can fix computers.
These guys are way to smart to waste time fixing their computers.
I should be able to get a job at SpaceX
 
2013-08-23 08:46:45 AM  
I am a crane technician. Somebody has to fix the damn things. Don't apply for this line of work if you are afraid of heights.
 
2013-08-23 08:50:44 AM  
This job is exactly what it sounds like. The general helper would do everything from repairing machinery to landscaping to carpentry. He or she would need to know how to operate small power equipment, fix plumbing, install lights and more. Hats off to anyone who has all these skills.
*raises hand*

now give me your hat.
 
2013-08-23 10:18:04 AM  

Cybernetic: RaiderFanMikeP: I use to work in the space industry...

Job was awesome.. work sucked!

I spent two years working at Kennedy Space Center on part of the Constellation program. KSC is space-geek paradise. Just getting up and going to work at KSC every day was awesome. I got to see shuttle payloads being processed in the high-bays. I got to see a night rollout of the shuttle from the VAB to the pad, and of course I got to see a bunch of shuttle and rocket launches. I got to watch one shuttle launch from the stairway on the side of the Launch Control Center, which is minimum safe distance from the pad. The roar of the launch echoing of the sides of the VAB is one of the most amazing things I've ever heard (and felt).

The work itself had the same kind of frustrations as any other job, but it was still awesome. I'd work there again in a heartbeat.



I've... seen things you people wouldn't believe... A shuttle launch echoing off the sides of the VAB. I watched a shuttle rollout in the dark near the launch pad. All those... moments... will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time... to die...

/FTFY
//CSB
 
2013-08-23 02:43:33 PM  

spcMike: GleeUnit: Catch: 70hrs/week expected

I once applied to SpaceX to be a rocket test engineer. The job listing specified there would be overtime required.


By that they mean that you will not be required to manipulate space-time to physically add more hours to the day.  You're only expected to be at the facility during naturally existing hours.

/Best friend is a rocket surgeon at SpaceX who hasn't seen the sun in three years
 
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