Sr. Test Site Engineer Propulsion in Tucson, AZ at Volt

Date Posted: 10/30/2018

Job Snapshot

  • Employee Type:
    Direct Hire
  • Location:
    Tucson, AZ
  • Duration:
  • Date Posted:
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  • Pay Rate
    $0.0 - $130000.0/Year
  • Contact Name
    Volt Branch
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Job Description

Opportunity for an experienced test site engineer/test conductor who will serve in a leadership role at our Arizona Test Site. The position will be based at our test location in the metro Tucson, Arizona area, with a portion of time expected to be spent at our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility also in Tucson.

This position will be expected to coordinate/manage a team of technicians to build and troubleshoot test equipment in support of rocket engine and propulsion system testing. Responsibilities include developing site operating processes and procedures and executing procedures as a test conductor.

Essential Functions

  • Coordinate, plan, schedule, execute and report out on component-to-system-level propulsion testing at the Arizona Test Site (ATS)
  • Work with Systems and Test Engineering groups to develop, review and implement test procedures for propulsion systems under test at ATS; recommend changes to test cases, test configurations and readiness criteria to ensure successful execution
  • Prepare, present and update Test Readiness Review packages to internal and external customers
  • Work with internal and external resources to ensure test stand readiness to perform appropriate level of testing per program requirements
  • As necessary, serve as Test Director, Test Conductor or other critical role during execution of propulsion system tests
  • Maintain technical specifications, schematics and operating manuals for test equipment under purview
  • Plan and oversee regular maintenance, upgrades and disposition of test stand equipment and support systems
  • Schedule both personnel (technicians, site engineers and logistics) and material resources to ensure complete coverage of requirements prior to and during test events
  • Manage execution risks and communicate impacts to schedule, cost and performance to internal and external customers
  • Coordinate with Safety Officer to ensure compliance with federal, state and local regulations for personnel, equipment and site safety is maintained
  • Coordinate with Quality representatives to ensure proper handling, tracking, inspection and utilization of production and flight hardware is maintained
  • Work through complex development objectives, divide them into manageable, clearly defined steps, and communicate them effectively to junior design staff.
  • Direct, train, coach and evaluate work products of technicians, junior engineers and support personnel


  • B.S./M.S. in Aerospace/Mechanical/Industrial Engineering or equivalent
  • Ability to maintain a flawless safety record for the site
  • Experience in hot fire testing liquid rocket engines/propulsion systems is required
  • Demonstrated ability to motivate team of highly capable people to achieve company goals
  • Experience developing, updating and maintaining detailed test plans and procedures
  • Experience scheduling/prioritizing tasks from multiple demanding customers
  • Ability to troubleshoot both electrical, mechanical and software issues
  • Demonstrated capabilities in activation and operation of pressurized fluid systems including cryogenic fluids desirable
  • Working knowledge of National Instruments data acquisition hardware and LabVIEW software
  • Working knowledge of sensors such as pressure transducers, load cells, flow meters, thermocouples and RTD's desired
  • Ability to interpret data, conduct anomaly investigations, and provide root cause and corrective actions
  • Experience with hands-on development and verification testing of prototype hardware
  • Experience in the development of liquid rocket engines a plus
  • Excellent verbal, written and graphical communications skills
  • Experience with aerospace qualification testing a plus

Minimum Qualifications and Requirements

  • Education: B.S. Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related education
  • Experience (Years): 3+ years' experience in industrial, automotive or aerospace
  • Experience (Technical): Planning, operation and maintenance of rocket propulsion test facilities
  • Computer Skills: Microsoft Office, LabView/National Instruments, MS Visio, MS Project
  • Travel: less than 10%
  • Citizenship: U.S. Person

Additional Information

  • Good communication skills.
  • Ability to explain technical topics succinctly.
  • Ability to define, plan and execute complex series of tasks, either individually or as part of a work group, to achieve specific technical and/or schedule milestones.

Volt is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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