Test Engineer

| Lafayette, CO, USA | Hybrid
Employer Provided Salary: 90,000-140,000 Annually
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Orbit Fab's mission is to create the foundational infrastructure that will fuel a bustling in-space economy, capable of sustaining permanent jobs in space. 

Today, satellites cannot be refueled, which severely constrains their mobility and inhibits the development of economic activities in space. 

Orbit Fab breaks the single-use paradigm, pioneering our Gas Stations in Space™ refueling infrastructure and RAFTI™ technology to deliver propellant in space, enabling lower-cost satellite construction, increased maneuverability, precise control, and extended lifespans. The possibilities are unprecedented, opening the doors to unimagined operational strategies and business models. 

Since our establishment in 2018, we have already achieved the successful launch of three tankers to space. With offices in both the US and UK, we are working in close collaboration with partners and customers across the space industry. Orbit Fab is rapidly ramping up capabilities and requires exceptional talent to tackle important challenges. Our roles offer wide ranging opportunities to have a demonstrable impact and enable a bustling in space economy. 

Role: As a Test Engineer, you will support the Test team in design, analysis, assembly, testing and prototyping of flight hardware for spacecraft and/or mechanisms.  Working within the test engineering group, you’ll be tasked with identifying issues, non-conformances to requirements, investigating design problems, providing justification of decision making, and bringing a sound technical approach.  This position will allow you to work independently and exercise your judgment, as well as be part of a cross-specialty team to solve the engineering problems that accompany hardware in space.

Responsibilities

  • Author, manage, and maintain test documentation and hardware for precision assemblies

  • Take ownership and maintain documentation for complex, high-reliability assemblies

  • Interpret system diagrams and requirements for test definition

  • Plan, design, execute, and perform preventive maintenance for required Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and Data Acquisition (DAQ) systems

  • Identify, document, and troubleshoot electrical and mechanical issues in the assembly, integration and test cycles

  • Perform standard operating procedures, execute tests, and document test results, including functional testing, life testing, shock, vibration, thermal vacuum (TVAC)/Thermal, and launch integration

  • Design and develop automated scripts and supporting test equipment for streamlined test and production

  • Characterize test data to formulate general failure modes and categorization of pass/fail criteria

  • Work with engineers to troubleshoot and solve technical issues

  • Be willing to cross train in multiple specialty areas

  • Provide input for continuous process improvement, develop more refined ways of manufacturing, assembly, integration, and test of assembly parts and components

  • Utilize test equipment (e.g., LabView and Dewesoft-based data acquisition systems, transducers, valves, fittings, digital multimeters, oscilloscopes, etc.)

Role Requirements

  • BS degree in an engineering or other technical discipline

  • 4+ years working in an engineering field and/or precision mechanical assembly environment

  • Ability to read, interpret, and execute test instructions with respect to requirements

  • Understanding and ability to formulate test plans and perform requirements traceability

  • Experience testing space-qualified hardware through qualification and acceptance test environments, including operation of TVAC and thermal chambers

  • Possess strong problem solving and communication abilities

  • Familiarity with small tools used for hand-held assembly

  • Must have standard test equipment experience in design and troubleshooting applications

  • Collaborative and team focused

  • Excellent communication, analytical, organizational, strategic, and statistical skills

  • An effective sense of urgency and ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast paced, small company environment

  • Experience with SolidWorks or other CAD software

Nice to haves

  • Experience testing aerospace-qualified hardware through qualification and acceptance test environments, including operation of TVAC and thermal chambers

  • Systems test background and experience with SMC-S-016, GEVS, and SSCMAN standards

  • Experience with Python/C++, test process software (e.g., LabView, Dewesoft), and MATLAB

  • Expertise working spacecraft or launch vehicle operations

 

The estimated salary range for this position is $90,000-140,000

 



Research shows that while men apply to jobs where they meet an average of 60% of the criteria, women and other marginalized people tend to only apply when they meet 100% of the qualifications. At Orbit Fab, we value respectful debate and people who aren’t afraid to challenge assumptions. We strongly encourage you to apply if you feel you would succeed in the role above.

 

Location and Benefits

Orbit Fab is based out of Lafayette, Colorado and all roles are based in Colorado. We offer fully covered benefits, discretionary time off, and flexible work hours.

 

Eligibility

Some job roles may be limited to US Persons (22 CFR 120.62 “U.S. person”).

Orbit Fab 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 factor.

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Technology we use

  • Engineering
    • CADLanguages

Location

Orbit Fab is located in Lafayette, right down the street from Acreage by STEM ciders! Our office is a 30 minute drive from downtown Denver and a quick 20 minutes from downtown Boulder. You're only a short drive away from a variety of restaurants including Chipotle, Noodles & Co, Starbucks and more.

An Insider's view of Orbit Fab

What are some social events your company does?

Orbit Fab values a balance of working hard and playing hard. Recently, we were given a Friday off to enjoy the second annual Orbit Fab ski trip, a long weekend of snow-sports, good food, and enjoying beautiful Colorado. I have the pleasure of coming to work everyday and being surrounded by genuinely great people who have become my friends.

Anna Humphreys

Test Engineer II

What projects are you most excited about?

There’s no shortage of projects to be excited about at Orbit Fab! We’re constructing multiple ESD-protected clean rooms, a Nitrogen distribution system for the facility, and building out an advanced fabrication shop, just to name a few. I’ve also enjoyed developing new and creative spaces for the teams to work and relax as we rapidly grow.

Travis Brase

Facilities Manager

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

I’ve grown 10x faster and better in both a career and personal standpoint than I would have anywhere else. Within a year and a half of being at the company, I went from a BD Associate to leading BD for Advanced Programs AND stepping into an important marketing leadership role. I’ve also grown my network tremendously throughout the space industry.

Camille Bergin

Advanced Programs Business Development Lead

What is your vision for the company?

Getting people off this rock will be the most fundamental & positive paradigm shift for humanity. Our vision for the company is to create a bustling in-space economy that can support permanent jobs in space.

Daniel Faber

CEO

What does your typical day look like?

Typically in this kind of environment you're picking up new things most days and adapting quickly to problems you haven’t come across before. There’s a lot of variety here and that keeps things new and challenging. Not to mention all the talented and motivated individuals that teach you new things!

Juan Rodelo-Castillo

Propulsion, Thermal, Fluids Engineer 1

What are Orbit Fab Perks + Benefits

Orbit Fab Benefits Overview

Generous Paid Time Off Policies, hybrid work schedule, 100% of medical premiums covered for employees, short & long term disability, life insurance, 401k plan, stock options

Culture
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Orbit Fab offers a flexible schedule outside of core hours (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.). Employees can enjoy a hybrid schedule on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Health Insurance + Wellness
Disability insurance
Orbit Fab's long-term disability insurance benefit is 60% of an employee's annual salary up to a $6,000 maximum monthly payout. Short-term disability insurance benefit is 60% of salary, max $1500/wk.
Dental insurance
Orbit Fab covers 99% of the premium for employees and 50% of the premium for dependents.
Vision insurance
Orbit Fab covers 99% of the premium for employees and 50% of the premium for dependents.
Health insurance
Orbit Fab covers 100% of the premium for employees and 50% of the premium for dependents. We offer a plan with an HSA as well.
Life insurance
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
Company equity
Orbit Fab offers stock options through its employee profit sharing program, including vesting over a four-year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Orbit Fab offers up to 14 weeks of paid parental leave for new parents..
Vacation + Time Off
Unlimited vacation policy
Generous PTO
Office Perks
Free snacks and drinks
Orbit Fab has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and all of the energy drinks you can handle.
Some meals provided
Orbit Fab has partnered with Grubhub for lunches. Employees have 2 credits weekly to use for their meals.
Company-sponsored happy hours
Orbit Fab provides 2x monthly happy hours at local bars!
Onsite office parking
Pet friendly
Mondays at Orbit Fab are dog friendly!
Professional Development
Lunch and learns

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