Senior Test Engineer - Lead (Space Destinations)

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At Sierra Space, we are seeking leaders to guide our vision of a future where humanity lives and works in space, on moons, and on distant planets. People are married, children are born, families are raised, businesses are built, and new civilizations thrive. Sierra Space builds and delivers the future of space transportation, destinations and infrastructure, offering “space-as-a-service” in support of the new space economy.   

SNC’s subsidiary, Sierra Space, based in Louisville, Colorado with operations in Madison, Wisconsin and Durham, North Carolina, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, satellites, propulsion and environmental systems, spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. government (including NASA), commercial customers and international organizations. Learn more about Sierra Space  

The Space Destinations organization imagines a future where people routinely live and work in space. We will give humanity platforms in space that will enable new discoveries to benefit life on earth. We are hands-on, embrace risk, and move quickly to fly impactful solutions for our customers. We are looking for a Senior Program Manager to be intimately involved in leading the early development of our space destinations. 

As a Senior *Test Engineer - Lead* at Sierra Space, you will be using your skills and expertise to simulate, test, certify and improve cutting edge products and services. You'll develop complex test plans and procedures for a variety of systems to ensure the verification and validation of all product requirements. You will also be involved with the execution of the tests using top industry tools. As a cross functional engineer, you'll test system and component level new products and develop new test processes throughout the product lifecycle. 


  • Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering or other related discipline and typically10 or more years of experience; higher education may substitute for relevant experience 

  • Relevant experience may be considered in lieu of required education

  • Experience in test design and test execution of integrated products or systems, that incorporate electrical, mechanical, and software components 

  • Thorough understanding of engineering principles and practices 

  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary design and development teams 

  • Advanced Knowledge of requirements management, system design, and systems integration 

  • Demonstrated experience planning, conducting and documenting Verification and Validation (V&V) activities



  • Expert in test design and execution of complex, integrated products or systems, including spacecraft, aircraft, ships, or other similar large and complex systems that incorporate electrical, mechanical, and software components 

  • Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, or similar degree 

  • Adept at defining and implementing test scripts and code (e.g., Python, LabVIEW, MATLAB) for control, telemetry, data acquisition, and analysis of complex integrated systems 

  • Experience with the design and use of Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) including power supplies, controls, instruments, sensors, networking equipment, communications equipment (including RF signal/network analyzers), data acquisition equipment, and associated software and wiring 

  • Experience with interpreting and designing testing to fit electrical and network schematics and channelization tables 

  • Experience with software testing including functionality, performance, and regression testing 

  • Experience designing and executing tests on fully integrated systems through environmental testing including thermal vacuum (TVAC), vibration, shock, acoustic, EMI/EMC, and other space environments 

  • Experience with a variety of instrumentation and sensors to test electrical, mechanical, optical, etc. characteristics 

  • Experience with various testing equipment, standards, and methodologies to include manual and automated testing 

  • Ability to prepare complex and professional test plans, test procedures, and test reports in order to demonstrate compliance to system requirements 

  • Familiarity with Product and Quality Assurance principles and experienced in generation and disposition of product non-conformances 

  • Experience performing certification testing for various certification organizations (i.e., FAA, NASA, DoD) 

  • Ability to read schematics, use service manuals, follow test procedures, and use logical trouble shooting techniques 

  • The ability to obtain and maintain a Security Clearance may be required Learn more about the background check process for Security Clearances



To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant 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 or U.S. Department of Commerce.  

With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station. Please visit www.sierraspace.com to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.  

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $117,040.88 - $160,931.20

Sierra Space offers annual incentive pay based upon performance that is commensurate with the level of the position.

Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

As COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families and communities, we are taking action to address the increased risk and uncertainty COVID-19 and associated variants pose in the workplace. SNC is committed to supporting our employees while ensuring we continue to meet essential national security needs of our country.

With employee health and safety as our top priority, and as a federal contractor, SNC will continue to require COVID-19 vaccination status for all employees including new hires. In accordance with applicable requirements, all current and newly hired employees who are unvaccinated may be required to adhere to enhanced onsite safety protocols including weekly COVID-19 testing, face coverings, and social distancing. 

The status of applicable COVID-19 vaccination requirements are subject to change depending on applicable court orders and the course of ongoing litigation. Candidates may later be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have an approved exemption. 

At Sierra Space, our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. Sierra Space is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Contributions to Sierra Space come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.

Sierra Space
Sierra Space

United States, Centennial, CO

Posted 2 months ago

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