Space Exploration Technologies Corp. Satellite System Test Engineer in Redmond, Washington

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars. SATELLITE SYSTEM TEST ENGINEER OVERVIEW: As a systems test engineer, you will be responsible for design, integration, and testing of the satellite system testbeds. You will help shape the satellite system test infrastructure and vehicle design. You will lead electrical integration and test operations on the flight satellite vehicles. Through the testbed design, integration, and test campaign, you will ensure the satellite vehicle is ready for flight. RESPONSIBILITIES: Lead system testbed architecture definition and cross-disciplinary trades. Design and integrate hardware on system testbeds to match vehicle-specific and mission-specific configurations. Develop system and subsytem level tests to mitigate risks at the integrated level and run them on either dedicated hardware or the Hardware-in-the-Loop Simulator Design electrical wire harness schematics, validate and verify vehicle testbed and flight vehicle functionality and performance. Write and execute electrical test plans and test procedures for testbed validation, system validation, and verification of the flight vehicle. Track hardware configuration and issues, and support integration. Review test data and lead anomaly investigation and resolution. Verify system test coverage on flight or flight-representative hardware Lead test operations through spacecraft assembly and integration BASIC QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering. Candidates must have at least 3 years of combined project experience in the electrical engineering field. Must have at least 1 year of experience in data acquisition systems and hardware in the loop (HITL) simulation test systems. Must have at least 1 year of experience in computer programming language (C++, LabVIEW, and/or Python preferred). Previous experience with with electrical test equipment (multimeters, oscilloscopes, bench power supplies). PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE: Highly experienced in writing integration procedures at both sub-system and vehicle level. Experienced in leading electrical integration and test operations on rockets, satellites, planetary exploration spacecraft, ships, or aircraft Established knowledge in performance and environmental testing plans for component / sub-system / vehicle level trades (Vibration, Temp cycling, T-Vac, EMC, etc). Experienced with payloads (RF / Optical) - their assembly integration and test at a subsystem level, as well as integration and test at spacecraft level. Experience developing manufacturing operations and building spacecraft / spacecraft subsystems, with ability to scale appropriately for volume production. Hands-on experience with one or more of the following: launch vehicle or spacecraft integration; operations in 100,000 class or better clean rooms; test operations with gases/fluids; data acquisition setup and field measurements. Experience with various manufacturing process developments, facility and line layouts, process failure mode effects analysis, and error proofing. Extensive understanding of instrumentation, interfaces and sensors including DAQ, digital multimeters, power supplies, oscilloscopes, digital IO, Serial-422, switch technologies and topologies, RTDs, thermocouples, and 4-20mA sensors. Extensive experience with Hardware-in-the-loop test equipment, ground support equipment, and automated test scripts. 3Dcad design experience (NX). Knowledge of and experience in analog to digital and digital to analog converters, power supply components and design, analog testing/troubleshooting techniques, and signal integrity, layout and grounding principles