• Test Engineer IV (Lead Engineer)

    Job Locations US-WA-Kent
    Test and Flight Operations
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  • Overview

    As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will lead a small team of test engineers and technicians in the execution of development, qualification and acceptance testing (shock, vibe, thermal, vacuum, etc.) of flight hardware. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.


    • Operate test console and direct a team of test engineers and technicians to execute test processes
    • Conduct hands-on thermal, vibration, shock and vacuum testing on flight hardware in accordance with MIL-STD-810, SMC-S-016 and MIL-STD-1540
    • Demonstrated ability to work with test, flight and safety critical hardware, tools and shop equipment
    • Manage day-to-day production test schedules, resource assignments, O&M budget management, performance reviews, internal customer relations, etc.
    • Lead projects and test teams; trains new hires and staff to new standards and work quality
    • Act as a conduit for completing the resource management process, including: planning, parts coordination, skilled labor coordination, process verification, etc.
    • Develop improvements in production and test methods, standards, tooling, equipment, layout, procedures, and product designs. Identify continuous improvement opportunities for performance, reliability, and cost
    • Ensure all operations are performed on time, safely and in a professional manner
    • Conduct tests to evaluate hardware performance
    • Work with fluid, structural, thermal, and electrical systems – system design, pitfalls, potential hazards, expected operation, etc.
    • Develop test procedures based on test requirements
    • Develop, continually review, maintain and execute test plans
    • Work with data acquisition systems and control systems to continually improve in-test data recording
    • Analyze and review data to ensure that hardware is operating as expected utilizing numerical data analysis tools to interpret test results
    • Create software tools to further enhance post-test data analysis
    • Provide reports and document test results
    • Support integration of components into test assemblies
    • Develop, maintain, and execute integration and test documentation, including work orders, nonconformance documentation, and procedures
    • Work to resolve anomalies found during the integration and testing process, and collaborate with design engineers to improve hardware
    • Performs other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment
    • Conduct and/or oversee several test projects simultaneously while supporting operations schedules
    • Design test fixtures per requirements, test plans and standards
    • Validate test methods
    • Maintain cleanliness of test equipment and test lab
    • Identify, communicate, and mitigate cost, schedule and technical risks
    • Participate in Process/Job Hazard Assessments


    • Bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, or other engineering discipline
    • Minimum 3 - 5 years of experience with the following: test stand operations, major system operations and startup, test process and/or working with similar test equipment
    • Minimum of 2 years of leadership experience with direct reports
    • Weekend shifts or overtime are frequently required for particular tasks or test series
    • 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.


    • Master’s degree in engineering related discipline preferred
    • Experience in production and test systems are preferred
    • Hands on test and production facility, factory or laboratory experience
    • Demonstrated experience where quick-thinking and problem solving plays a critical role
    • Work experience with aerospace structural, mechanical or propulsion systems assembly and testing
    • Ability to utilize test instrumentation and control components: pressure transducers, thermocouples, RTDs, strain gauges, accelerometers, flow meters, load cells, relays, solenoid valves, preferred
    • Ability to read and understand mechanical and electrical schematics and reports
    • Experienced with high pressure system design and handling
    • Experience using test instrumentation and control components
    • Novice-Intermediate skill level using NI Labview / TestStand


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