Propulsion Test Engineer

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Delivering hardware to space. Positioning satellites on orbit.

Dawn Aerospace is recruiting a Propulsion Test Engineer to join our Christchurch, New Zealand team. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a passionate community of engineers looking to change how we fly to space.

In this role, you will be doing hands-on work with space grade technology, assisting in designing, assembling and testing our Spaceplane’s rocket engines


  • Conduct and prepare for rocket engine test campaigns.
  • Oversee the manufacture and assembly of rocket engine components and rocket systems.
  • Identify and solve time critical hardware and design issues in a high-pressure environment.
  • Diagnose problems in hardware design, procedures, and provide recommendations and support to resolve these.
  • Find the most cost and time-effective strategy for obtaining relevant test results.
  • Communicate and negotiate with third party suppliers to procure components on time.


  • A degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, or related discipline.
  • Proficiency in CAD design, specifically with SolidWorks.
  • Proficiency with the NI LabView environment.
  • Prior experience in the design of aircraft or space systems.
  • Mechanical aptitude for metalworking machines and equipment.
  • Understanding of aircraft design standards and quality management systems.
  • Practically minded with a can-do attitude.
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to work in international teams.
  • Understanding of how hardware tests are planned and conducted.
  • Quick learner, can adapt to new tools and environments.
  • Independent and structured way of working.
  • Willing to go out of their way to help others.

Tagged as: space systems, labview, solidworks, cad design

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