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Test Integration Engineer III - Assembly, Integration, & Test (AI&T) (Weekend Day Shift)

Sierra Space

Sierra Space

Software Engineering, Data Science
Louisville, CO, USA
Posted on Friday, June 16, 2023
Do you have an eye for detail and enjoy working with amazing products and tools? Join us in championing and protecting explorers and heroes! As a Test Integration Engineer at Sierra Space, you will use your skills and expertise to simulate, test, certify and improve cutting edge products and services. These cover a very wide range from advanced mission payloads and electronic systems through highly integrated aircraft to orbital and space exploration systems. 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.

Sierra Space—based in Louisville, CO with operations in Madison, WI, Durham, NC, Huntsville, AL, Houston, TX, and Kennedy Space Center, FL—designs and manufactures the Dream Chaser spaceplane and other advanced spacecraft, commercial space destinations, 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

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Represent the Test Engineering function in production environment for first article spacecraft build/test

  • Focal point for test integration and strategy during manufacturing phase of Dream Chaser vehicles

  • Focal point on design for testability/operability leveraging relationships within the design and systems engineering organizations

  • Maintain productive relationships and influence others outside their immediate area of responsibility

  • Must be able to support rotational shift work on occasion and during periods of surge


  • Bachelor's of Science degree in Engineering or other related discipline and typically 5 or more years of experience

  • Relevant work experience may be considered in lieu of required education

  • Knowledge of engineering principles and practices

  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary design and development teams

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

  • Experience with planning, conducting and documenting Verification and Validation (V&V) activities


  • Experience in first article flight hardware test environment

  • 2-3 years of operations experience

  • Thorough understanding of and experience with the practical application of production/manufacturing/test principles, techniques and best practices

  • Ability to represent and integrate test organization needs into production schedule and coordinate with manufacturing build teams

  • Ability to understand complex technical schematics, CAD models, diagrams, blueprints, manuals and/or publications

  • Ability to interpret complex test plans, test procedures, and test article build configurations in order to demonstrate test readiness

  • Understanding of Assembly, Integration and Test practices

  • Experience with mechanical, structural, and environmental testing of large aerospace assemblies, mechanical systems, mechanisms, and structures.

  • Experience testing pressurized systems, including propulsion, life support, and cooling systems

  • Experience with fluid systems test equipment to include proof/leak/NDE of mechanical tube joints, precision cleaning and contamination control, and servicing equipment for flight loading of pressurized fluid systems

  • Experience with electrical test equipment to include test racks, cables, instrumentation, and data acquisition and associated calibration/maintenance

  • Experience with mechanical ground support equipment to include mechanism installation/rigging tools, zero-G offloaders, and critical lift handling equipment

  • Experience with testing of actuators, motors, and associated controllers to include closed loop control systems

  • 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)

  • Familiarity with Lean, Six-sigma, and/or Theory of Constraints Manufacturing Principles

  • Ability to identify waste in a process and then aggressively drive that waste out of that process

  • Background in the Aerospace and Defense Industry, the US Department of Defense or US Military

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

Important Notice:

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 to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.

Physical/Mental/Emotional Requirements:

  • Frequently walk, sit, stand, climb stairs and steps

  • Frequently repeat same hand, arm, and finger motion many times to include finger and hand dexterity

  • Rarely lifting or carrying up to 25 lbs.

Working Conditions:

  • Rarely exposed to outdoor elements (high/low temperatures, sun, rain/snow, etc.)

  • Rarely exposed to fumes or hazardous chemicals/materials

  • Rarely exposed to loud noises

Safety Sensitive Position:

  • Responsible for the safety or security of people or property

  • Inspects structures, equipment or vehicles

Referral Bonus: $1,500

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $104,827.91 - $144,138.38. Sierra Space considers several factors when extending job offers, including but not limited to candidates’ key skills, relevant work experience, and education/training/certifications.

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.

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.