Spacecraft Test Engineer
Astro Digital designs, builds, and operates a diverse range of small satellite systems supporting space-based turnkey missions for several business applications, including earth observation, communications, in-orbit demonstrations, risk reduction opportunities, in addition to various science and exploration applications. Astro Digital is headquartered in Santa Clara, California with infrastructure around the globe.

Note: Proof of COVID-19 vaccination status (vaccination card) will be required for employment otherwise a request for or medical or religious accommodation is necessary.

Position Summary

With the Spacecraft Test team, you will join a hard-working and enthusiastic group, applying your experience to assure mission success. Your primary role will be to support testing and technical operations of satellite missions. This involves working with customers, design and system engineers, and project managers to determine what tests and technical operations will be done and writing that into a procedure. This includes from component delivery to launch. You will be responsible for collecting, or designing the necessary support equipment, automating the procedures, and performing those tests. Additionally, you will write and document any changes or issues that occurred when running those tests. You will perform data analysis on the test data and present that information. You will continually look for ways to improve the processes. The ideal candidate will possess experience automating tests. Team members are driven and supportive. We foster frequent, open communication, and rely on collaboration and concurrence for problem solving. Fastidiousness, creativity, love of teamwork, and patience are essential qualities of a person in this role.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Perform and automate tests and test data analysis for spacecraft components at all levels of integration, including fully assembled Flight Models
  • Analyze and present feedback on both the process and results to larger teams
  • Ensure test plans and procedures meet system requirements and evolving mission characteristics
  • Troubleshoot anomalous test results, identify, and help track defects
  • Apply diligence to promote production efficiency, mission objectives, and above all, hardware, and personnel safety
  • Continually seek out ways to improve
Minimum Qualifications

  • 2 years minimum test experience with a complex system
  • B.S. or M.S. in engineering (aerospace, mechanical, electrical, software), math, physics, or related field
  • High proficiency with automation or high proficiency with Python
  • Ability to understand and follow spacecraft system documentation
  • Desire to solve problems collaboratively
  • Strong communication skills
  • Interest working with a first-rate, collegial team

Additional Qualifications

  • Familiarity with mission assurance
  • Experience with spacecraft manufacturing
  • Experience in automotive industry or mass production
  • Experience in electrical or software design
  • Proficiency with lab electrical diagnostic and measurement tools (multimeters, oscilloscopes, sources, spectrum analyzers)
  • Experience with python pandas
  • Experience automating with spectrum analyzers, power meters or modems.

This position requires access to export-controlled commodities, technical data, technology, software, and services. U.S. citizenship, U.S. legal permanent resident status, or protected person status under 22 CFR §120.15 and 8 U.S.C. § 1324b(a)(3) is required.

During the course of the application and interview process for certain engineering positions, you may be asked to perform functional activities to demonstrate your skills with parts and equipment we work with. By agreeing to engage in such skills testing, you also agree not to disclose the specific activities you are asked to engage in or any other aspect of the skills demonstration.

Astro Digital is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Astro Digital does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


Job Type: Full Time
Location: Santa Clara, CA