Lead Hardware Integration and Test Engineer

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Are you passionate about evaluating potential approaches and solutions to new and unusual problems?  Are your Assembly Systems Integration & Test skills broad and deep? Do you thrive in a multi-disciplinary team environment? We invite you to become a member of the Instrument Systems Implementation and Concepts section and be part of a group that is team based, and improvement-oriented.


Our team is responsible for the development of Instruments from project inception to spacecraft integration. This is a great opportunity to lead the assembly and integration of cutting edge Optical Instruments. You will be responsible for the following:

  • Manage critical hardware integration and delivery effort
  • Provide technical direction, periodic reporting, and day-to-day oversight of Assembly Integration and Test (AIT) development, fabrication, and execution.
  • Prepare, review, lead, and track assembly, integration and test procedures and operations.
  • Review and track all support test equipment, including Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (MGSE), Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE), and Optical Ground Support Equipment (OGSE) assemblies.
  • Manage Integration Facilities and Environmental Testing Reservations
  • Report to the Advanced Segment Testbed (AST) CAM/Cognizant Engineer to deliver the required product.
  • Work in a cleanroom environment
  • Attend weekly team meetings and monthly reviews as required


  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical, Optomechanical Engineering or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 6 years related experience; or Master’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 4 years related experience.
  • Experience for large-scale assembly and testing operations in a cleanroom.
  • Relevant experience handling and delivering critical flight hardware.
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate and mitigate problems, seek technical experts and solutions outside the immediate team, rigorously tracking hardware development and milestones.
  • Ability to collaborate across internal and external organizations, diverse technical disciplines, and management levels. Good communications and tracking skills.
  • Must be a U.S Citizen with an active Top Secret clearance based upon Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) within a 5‐year scope and be approved for Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) access.

Preferred Qualifications:  

  • Experience with large optics and electro-mechanical assemblies.
  • Experience in production flow builds and streamlined assembly line processing.
  • Strong experience as a project engineer with demonstrated ability to push a product through development and delivery of a complex system with agreed upon schedule.

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