Lead Test Engineer – Electrical Integration

Company Details

Affordable Space Technology & Missions

Astrobotic Technology, Inc. is a space robotics company that seeks to make space accessible to the world. The company’s suite of lunar landers delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals. The company is also developing advanced space robotics capabilities such as terrain relative navigation, mobile robotics for lunar surface operations, and reliable computing systems for mission-critical applications. Originally spun out of Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 by William “Red” Whittaker, Astrobotic is pioneering affordable planetary access that promises to spark a new era of exploration, science, tourism, resource utilization, and mining. Astrobotic is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Astrobotic was selected by NASA in May 2019 for a $79.5 million contract to deliver a suite of NASA instruments to the Moon. This mission will see the Peregrine lunar lander return America to the Moon with 22 payloads representing 5 countries.

In June 2020, Astrobotic was selected for a $199.5 million contract to deliver the NASA VIPER rover to the lunar south pole on board the Griffin lunar lander. This mission will enable NASA’s objective to map water ice on the lunar surface, which in turn supports NASA’s plans for crewed missions in 2024. As part of Astrobotic’s Planetary Landers Team, you will literally be creating history as we define the benchmark for the commercial delivery of payloads to the Moon and beyond.

Astrobotic Technology wants you to lead the planning and execution of the electrical integration and test program for the Planetary Lunar Landers department.

Your main responsibilities:

  • Manage the integration and test of various flight and non-flight hardware including spacecraft components and subsystems, spacecraft propulsion system, spacecraft electrical system.
  • Develop and execute comprehensive procedures that verify all physical and functional subsystem/payload/spacecraft interface requirements.
  • Review and establish the viability of the Electrical I&T program against mission schedule and system specifications.
  • Develop test objectives and plans, develop test procedures, execute testing, and document the findings.
  • Support and troubleshoot the hardware/software configuration/baseline issues during the integration and installation phases.
  • Generates both manual and automated test reports in compliance with defined standards.
  • Review the problem reports and/or enhancements to determine testing impacts for the identified modification and regression testing.
  • Develop and collect test metrics for contribution to the preparation of test documentation and test readiness review presentations.
  • Ensure the safety of equipment and personnel during the electrical system integration process.
  • Report to the Electronic Systems Manager and work primarily with various subsystem Lead Engineers to ensure the Electrical Assembly Integration & Test is conducted to plan and successfully delivers a fully certified spacecraft for flight.

Required Qualifications:

B.S. in Electrical Engineering or equal relevant work experience

Experience in the following:

  • Understanding of complex hardware/electronic systems, experience with environmental testing, ground and test systems, and automated test generation software
  • Working in an integrated team including daily interactions with technicians, engineers, and managers
  • Adhering to established processes within a Quality Management System, working closely with Quality Assurance and Quality Inspectors
  • Troubleshooting complex electronic systems
  • Developing infrastructure and processes for conducting integration and testing of complex systems
  • Developing and managing complex schedules showing subsystem and system interactions, dependencies, and slack
  • Implementing risk management processes
  • Very strong communication, teamwork, and organizational skills
  • Minimum 8 years relevant integration and test experience with complex electrical systems
  • B.S. Engineering

Preferred Skills and Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of the spaceflight hardware development process
  • Leading an electrical test campaign for a spacecraft/satellite/launch vehicle project
  • Adaptable to the startup environment, able to self-start with minimal guidance
  • Integration or testing experience in a 100K or ISO8 class cleanroom environment

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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.

Applicants should be prepared to submit a writing sample, references, and demonstrate a significant background in space missions.

Astrobotic Technology, 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 factors.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation due to a disability during the application or the recruiting process, please send us a request.

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