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Lead Test Engineer

Orbit Fab

Orbit Fab

Software Engineering, Quality Assurance
Lafayette, CO, USA
Posted on Friday, April 21, 2023

With a vision for a bustling in-space economy that can support permanent jobs in space, Orbit Fab is building the fundamental infrastructure this entire economy can be built upon: a fuel supply in orbit.

Today, satellites cannot be refueled. A single-use paradigm severely limits satellite mobility and holds back the development of economic activities in space. Orbit Fab is building the first Gas Stations in Space™ refueling infrastructure. We develop the supply chain architecture and technology to deliver propellant in space, allowing satellites to be built for lower cost, to be more flexible and maneuverable, to be more precisely controlled, and to operate longer, enabling operations and business models that have never before been imagined..

Established in 2018, we have already flown three tankers to space; with the first one flown within one year of founding. Working closely with partners and customers across the space industry, we are making the thriving in-space economy a reality.

Position Purpose: As the Lead Test Engineer, you will support the Test team in design, analysis, testing and prototyping of flight hardware for spacecraft and/or mechanisms. Working within the test engineering group, you’ll be tasked with identifying issues, non-conformances to requirements, investigating design problems, providing justification of decision making and bringing a sound technical approach. This position will allow you to work independently and exercise your judgment, as well as be part of a cross-specialty team to solve the engineering problems that accompany hardware in space.


  • Author, manage and maintain test documentation and hardware for precision assemblies

  • Take ownership and maintain documentation for complex, high-reliability assemblies

  • Interpret system diagrams and requirements for test definition

  • Plan, design, execute and perform preventive maintenance for required Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and Data Acquisition (DAQ) systems

  • Identify, document, troubleshoot electrical and mechanical issues in the assembly, integration and test cycle

  • Perform standard operating procedures, execute tests and document test results, including functional testing, life tests, shock, vibration, TVAC/Thermal, and launch integration

  • Design and develop automated scripts and supporting test equipment for streamlined test and production

  • Characterize test data to formulate general failure modes and categorization of pass/fail criteria

  • Work with engineers to troubleshoot and solve technical issues

  • Be willing to cross train in multiple areas of specialty

  • Provide input for continuous process improvement, develop more refined ways of manufacturing, assembly, integration and test of assembly parts and components

  • Utilize test equipment (ie. LabView based Data Acquisition systems. Digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, etc.)

  • Manage and lead a team of Test Engineers

  • Identify, manage and assign personnel and equipment resources across multiple projects/programs

  • Support planning and scheduling initiatives for on-time deliveries

  • Mentor and train test and technician personnel

Role Requirements

  • 8+ years working in an engineering field and/or precision mechanical assembly environment

  • Ability to read, interpret, execute test instructions with respect to requirements and translate

  • Understanding and ability to formulate test plans and perform requirements traceability

  • Experience testing space-qualified hardware through qualification and acceptance test environments, including operation of TVAC and thermal chambers

  • Possess strong problem solving and communication abilities

  • Familiarity with small tools used for hand-held assembly

  • Must have standard test equipment experience in design and troubleshooting applications

  • Collaborative and team focused

  • Excellent communication, analytical, organizational, strategic, and statistical skills

  • An effective sense of urgency and ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast paced, small company environment

  • Lead troubleshooting and corrective action for issue tickets

Nice to haves

  • Systems test background and experience with SMC-S-016 and AFSPCMAN standards

  • Familiarity with MIL-STD-83513, MIL-STD-38999 standards

  • Experience with LabView and MATLAB

  • Experience with Onshape CAD or Altium Designer software

  • Expertise working spacecraft or launch vehicle operations

The estimated salary range for this position is $130,000-160,000

If you feel you would succeed in the role above, we encourage you to apply regardless of whether or not you meet all of the requirements listed.

Location and Benefits

Orbit Fab is based out of Lafayette, Colorado and all roles are based in Colorado. We offer fully covered benefits, unlimited time off and flexible work hours.


To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State.

Orbit Fab Inc does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.