Test Development Engineer

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You will help change the landscape of the rocket launch industry and be an integral and unique part of a close-knit team of individuals operating in a high energy environment. As a Test Development Engineer, you will be primarily responsible for development SpinLaunch’s ongoing testing capabilities, and assist with the continued development of the launcher, launch vehicle, and satellite system hardware testing.

Your Mission

  • Interact with all engineering divisions: launch system, launch vehicle, and payloads; to conduct engineering research testing and test facility development/upgrades.
  • Serve as the final authority to ensure all operations are conducted in a safe manner
  • Work with design engineers to develop and execute tests from conception to completion; be the owner of test article and test stand design/configuration, boundary condition definitions, development of fluid, electrical, and software schematics, and concepts of operation
  • Help enable the highest launch cadence of any orbital class launch vehicle through conceptualization of automated testing systems
  • Provide daily direction and instruction to technicians to fabricate and integrate test hardware and test equipment

You Have

  • Bachelor’s degree in an engineering discipline
  • 1+ years of professional experience working in a hands-on testing environment
  • High level of familiarity with instrumentation and control (PLC, high speed data acquisition, pressure transducers, thermocouples, RTDs, strain gauges, accelerometers, flow meters, load cells, relays, solenoid valves)

Strongly Desired

  • 3+ years of hands-on experience with mechanical shock and vibe, structural, propulsion, fluid, industrial, and space borne flight hardware or test operations
  • Experience electrical testing equipment (power supplies, oscilloscope, function generator, electronic load, multi-meter, current clamp)
  • Experience with code-based data analytics (Python, MATLAB, NI LabVIEW)
  • Demonstrated track record of success in a rapidly growing, changing and highly technical environment - ability to act and execute in a scrappy, entrepreneurial manner against tight timelines and aggressive schedules
  • Professional experience using SolidWorks, NX, ANSYS
  • Proficiency with network and database technology.
  • Experience designing and building wire harnesses.
  • Demonstrated experience of effective root cause and failure analysis


  • Flight hardware typically is built in tight quarters and physical dexterity is required; capability to lift up to 25lbs unassisted
  • Physical effort including standing, lifting and carrying light weight such as materials or equipment
  • Typically exposed to work in extreme outdoor environments – heat, cold, rain
  • Work occasionally performed in an environment requiring exposure to fumes, odors, and noise
  • Schedule varies depending on site operational needs; flexibility required

ITAR Requirements

SpinLaunch is required by the U.S. Government to comply with various space technology export regulations including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).  All applicants must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident (“green card holder”) as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. More information on ITAR can be found here.

SpinLaunch is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Each individual has the right to work in a professional environment that promotes equal employment opportunity and prohibits discriminatory practices, including harassment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


United States, Long Beach, CA

Posted 15d ago

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