Test Engineer

Company Details

Payload Aerospace, S.L (PLD Space) - Boosting the small satellite industry. e develop launch technologies to provide commercial orbital and suborbital access services , dedicated to small payloads and small satellites.


PLD Space is seeking a new member for our team to serve as a Test Engineer, within the Structures Department. This position will be focused on assisting the qualification, and acceptance testing of structural components for the MIURA 1 launch program.



  • Definition of tests, considering available inputs, requested outputs and measurements, as well as other boundary conditions.
  • Test campaign planning.
  • Test suppliers management: contact, evaluation, selection, agreements.
  • Test execution/follow-up.
  • Assessment of externally executed tests.
  • Assistance in post-processing of test data in collaborations with Stress team.
  • Report writing and internal dissemination of test outcomes.
  • Assessment of sensorization requirements and load conditions for which data is to be obtained in order to meet test objectives in a safe manner.
  • Collaborate in the design of test benches and tooling.
  • Create work methodologies or improve the existing ones in order to benefit current and future projects.
  • Research state of the art in testing methodologies and sensors and propose creative approaches to complex problems.
  • Occasionally travel to other PLD Space or supplier locations.

Required competences

  • Aerospace or Mechanical Engineer.
  • Fluency in English is mandatory.
  • +5 years’ experience in similar position, testbench/hardware and lab work.
  • Used to work with standards (ECSS, ISO, EN, ASTM, MIL…).
  • Used to work under pressure without neglecting safety and quality.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, along with excellent written and oral communication skills.

Valued competences

  • Knowledge on specific space sector, space vehicles and launchers, metallic pressure vessels, COPV and payload structures is high desirable.
  • Knowledge of pressure vessel codes (BPVC, EN 13345, PD5500, AD 2000…).
  • Skills on electronics, optical instrumentation and extensiometric measurement will be welcomed.
  • Vibration and dynamic analysis test experience.
  • Experience in analysis or design positions is desirable.
  • Experience with Catia or NX Unigraphics is desirable.
  • Basic knowledge of finite element analysis shall be welcomed.
  • Programming experience (Matlab/Octave, Python…) is desirable.


  • Experience developing and conducting test plans for experimental structural test.
  • Knowledge on developing reports to analyse test results from test execution.
  • Experience working with testbenches.

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