Test Engineer, Principal | Aerospace

YORK SPACE SYSTEMS Denver, CO Starting from $180000.00 per year

Test Engineer, Principal | York Space Systems 


York Space Systems was founded to radically improve spacecraft affordability and reliability, transforming, and enabling next generation space mission operations worldwide. Today, it is one of the most innovative aerospace companies, specializing in both end-to-end customer solutions and the rapid production of spacecraft platforms. York’s complete Space Segment Solution including spacecraft production, payload integration, system integration & test, launch services, ground segment services, and mission operations enables customers to leverage York’s existing technology solutions to get rapidly and responsively to orbit. We’re looking to expand our team across the board. 


The ideal test engineer candidate will act as an expert on all test aspects of space hardware. They will be working across engineering teams to lead and coordinate best practices in test: supporting junior engineers, as well as planning, coordinating, and troubleshooting test campaigns. The ideal candidate will have significant prior experience in the space sector, with an emphasis on experience with small satellites and small satellite components. 



  • Develop and manage flight hardware test plans, from concept to execution 

  • Develop test requirements and their verification methods through close collaboration with the Systems Engineering team 

  • Interface with the customer, negotiating test requirements and methods, jointly developing plans, and communicating and reporting on test progress 

  • Represent test engineering at major program milestones and act as expert reviewer at Test Readiness Reviews 

  • Identify testing methods and test fixturing for risk mitigation, prototype development and requirement verification 

  • Plan and perform environmental qualification and testing of hardware, including functional testing, vibration testing, thermal cycling, thermal vacuum, and other qualification tests 

  • Communicating and collaborating with various areas of the business, such as technicians, product and technical leadership, and program managers 


  • 10+ years of hands-on experience in space and small satellites including satellite components. 

  • Experience assembling and/or testing hardware for space environments. 

  • Experience in overseeing and processing data from environmental tests such as vibration, shock, thermal cycling and/or thermal-vacuum testing. 

  • Familiar with writing test documentation, such as test plans, procedures, and reports. 

  • Experience with preparing and leading project stage-gate meetings (such as CDR, TRR, etc.) and interfacing with customers. 

Exceptional Qualifications 

  • Familiarity with MIL-STD testing and NASA GEVS testing standards 

  • Experience with test automation including coding scripted tests 



York Space Systems provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, military or protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. Must have permanent authorization to work in US.  This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training. 

YORK SPACE SYSTEMS is an EEO employer - M/F/Vets/Disabled
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