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Test Engineer IV

Redwire Space
Longmont, Boulder County, Colorado
164 days ago
Bring your passion for space!
Redwire is accelerating humanity’s expansion into space by delivering reliable, economical and sustainable infrastructure for future generations. 
Where dreams and reality collide and the output is, out of this world. At Redwire Space, we are a team of dreamers and doers. Where the impossible becomes possible, and every day is an opportunity to learn and get one step closer to knowing the unknown. Join us on our mission to expand humanity’s presence in space. 

Our innovative team in Longmont, CO are designing and deploying industry leading satellite mechanisms, deployable structures, solar array systems and space antennas to the global space market. With many more exciting projects on the horizon, our team could use your curiosity, passion, talent and experience to help us Build Above. 
We have a current opportunity for a Test Engineer IV located at our facility in Longmont, CO. In this role, you’ll act as an expert on all test aspects of space hardware. You’ll be working across engineering teams to lead and coordinate best practices in test: supporting junior engineers, as well as planning, coordinating, and troubleshooting test campaigns. The ideal candidate will have significant prior experience in the space sector, with an emphasis on experience with deployable structures, RF antenna, solar arrays, or mechanisms.
You’ll be part of a growing and dynamic Test Group and reporting to the Test Manager. If this sounds like you, then don’t hesitate to apply!
Essential Functions
  • Develop and manage high-value flight hardware test documents for multiple projects, from concept to execution.
  • Develop test requirements and verification methods through close collaboration with the Systems Engineering team.
  • Interface with the customer, negotiate test requirements and methods, jointly develop plans, and communicate and report on test progress.
  • Represent test engineering at major program milestones and act as expert reviewer at Test Readiness Reviews.
  • Identify testing methods and test fixturing for risk mitigation, prototype development, and requirement verification.
  • Plan and perform environmental testing of hardware, including functional testing (deployment/stow of deployable structures), vibration testing, thermal cycling, thermal vacuum, and other qualification tests.
  • Develop and improve test capabilities of in-house facilities and interface with sister companies to leverage existing test capabilities across the business.
  • Collaborate with various areas of the business, such as technicians, product and technical leadership, and program managers.
  • Effectively lead team of test engineers on complex projects
  • Ability to work mostly independently with minimal supervision.
Ideal Experience
  • B.S. in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering, physics, mathematics, or other space-related discipline with a minimum of 10+ years industry/related experience.
  • A Master’s or PhD degree in a related field may substitute for 2 years of experience.
  • Hands-on experience in space, small satellites, and/or space-based deployable structures.
  • Experience assembling and/or testing hardware for space environments.
  • Experience in overseeing and processing data from environmental tests such as vibration, shock, thermal cycling and/or thermal-vacuum testing.
  • Ability to write test documentation, such as test plans, procedures, and reports for highly complex, major projects.
  • Experience with preparing and leading project stage-gate meetings (such as CDR, TRR, etc.) and interfacing with customers. 
Desired Skills
  • Experience with rigging, off-loading, and testing of large structures is a strong plus.
  • Background/understanding in composites design, analysis and manufacturing.
  • Familiarity with NASA/SMC standards such as GSFC-STD-7000A (GEVS) or SMC-S-016.
  • Experience using CAD to design and fabricate mechanical systems, fixturing, and/or mechanisms.
  • Experience with structural and/or metrology test methods for characterizing structures.
  • Proficient with using manual and electronic test equipment to measure loads, dimensions, displacements, electrical parameters, etc.
  • Experience and training in safe handling protocols for flight hardware, including cleanroom and ESD standards.
  • Experience with test-analysis correlation, including the ability to understand, interpret, and validate analysis predictions through test methods.
  • Experience with generating requirements and establishing appropriate verification criteria.
  • Experience with data acquisition equipment, programming equipment, and LabVIEW.
  • Experience with RF antenna test methods is a plus.
  • Experience designing, building, operating and maintaining turbo- and cryo-pumped thermal vacuum chambers.
  • Experience with solar cell test methods is a plus, including electroluminescence, dark IV, LAPSS, and/or electrical testing.
  • Experience with rapid prototyping methods for fast proof-of-concept development.
  • Experience in supporting technical risk identification, mitigation planning and mitigation execution.
  • Comfortable suggesting internal process improvements.
  • Experience leading and mentoring junior engineers.
  • Previous work within an AS9100 or similar accredited environment.
Grow with us as we innovate the next generation capabilities for a new era of space exploration!  We offer a highly competitive benefits package along with a commitment to our core values of Integrity, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, and Excellence. 
Salary Range
  • $110,000 to $155,000 annually
How We Determine What We Pay (compensation Philosophy)
Redwire determines pay for positions using local, national, and industry-specific survey data, for our locations throughout the US. We will evaluate external equity and the cost of labor/prevailing wage index, in the relative marketplace for jobs directly comparable to jobs within our company.
For new hires, we strive to make competitive offers allowing the new employee room for future growth.  Salaries will be based on the applicant’s level of experience, education, and specialized knowledge and skills. Additionally, we consider the external market rate, the amount we have budgeted internally, and internal equity within the company for the same position. An employee/candidate with a stronger skill set will be considered for higher pay.
Redwire Space is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Redwire Space is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.
All offers of employment at Redwire Space are contingent upon clear results of a thorough background check and your ability to provide proof of eligibility to work in the US.  Note that some positions will also require US citizenship or ability to obtain a security clearance due to requirements of a classified program.
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR


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