Development Test Engineer

Company Details

Connecting Earth To The Stars And Everywhere In Between

Company & Mission:

Located in Durango, CO, AGILE Space Industries designs, builds, and tests in-space propulsion systems for satellites and spacecraft. AGILE uses state of the art 3D metal alloy printing techniques to rapidly design, manufacture, and test new engine designs in our purpose-built propulsion test facility. With over a decade of experience testing rocket engines, and engineers who have worked at industry leaders like SpaceX, NASA, and Rocketdyne, AGILE is a rapidly growing company with many exciting Defense, Civil and Commercial programs.


AGILE is seeking a Development Test Engineer who will lead the development of an engine test stand from concept through design and build to enable a new engine test program. This role has continued involvement throughout the iterative design-manufacture-test-analyze process over the entirety of the maturation of the rocket engine; from the first early learning prototypes hot-fired to the flight hardware that will enable a fully funded space mission to fly. You will be a key member of the program team, working closely with the cross-functional group that is designing, manufacturing, testing, and analyzing this thruster in order to feed forward actionable insights into the test stand build and operation to ensure that the flight program objectives are met. We are seeking a skilled engineer who has developed sophisticated propulsion test stands and who brings experience and enthusiasm in developing novel test infrastructure.

Job Details:

  • Responsible for leading the design and build activities for AGILE’s new large engine test stand
  • This individual will lead the concept and development for a new engine test stand by fabricating drawings, wiring schematics, instrumentation, and fluid system components
  • Supervise test stand integration including the stand’s fabrication, mechanical assembly, and the creation of data acquisition and control systems
  • Support engine test stand operations, maintenance, and upgrades
  • Create detailed test stand design and operational documentation
  • Actively coordinate with AGILE propulsion team and project leadership to communicate requirements and advance program objectives
  • Practice critical problem solving, task prioritization, and thorough analysis


  • B.S. or advanced degree in related engineering or technical field
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively in team environments
  • Ability to work autonomously and take initiative in a high cadence environment
  • Experience developing an instrumented rocket engine test stand from the ground up
  • Advanced proficiency in the design and analysis of mechanical structures
  • Detailed understanding of propulsion instrumentation
  • Experience with high pressure fluid systems
  • Candidate must be a US citizen or permanent resident

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience leading the end-to-end design and production of propulsion systems
  • Experience with data acquisition and controls systems
  • Experience designing altitude/vacuum test cell systems
  • Experience interfacing with data acquisition and control systems

Work Schedule: 5 day/45hr Work Week

Remote: No

Relocation: Negotiable

AGILE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

Tagged as: large engine test, data acquisition and controls, designing altitude/vacuum test cell systems

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