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Stratolaunch, LLC Principal Hypersonic Test Operations Engineer in Mojave, California

Stratolaunch is developing an air-launch platform to contribute to high-speed research and development. The goal of Stratolaunch is to use the air-launch platform for enabling technologies that may not exist otherwise. Stratolaunch has the potential for creating technology development opportunities for commercial, philanthropic, and governmental organizations to collect rich and actionable data and drive advancements in science, research, and technology.

As the Principal Hypersonics Test Operations Engineer , you will accept a critical role in achieving new milestones in aviation, and enable development of high-speed test vehicles to be air-launched from the Stratolaunch Carrier Aircraft. You will provide effective leadership as the focal point for high-speed vehicle test planning and execution, to include the potential to act as a Test Conductor for the mission control team during test events. You should possess considerable experience in test vehicle configuration control, test planning and resourcing, and conducting disciplined, effective developmental flight test, or similar experience in a technically demanding environment.

As a key member of the Stratolaunch team, you will have an essential role in meeting our ambitious company objectives. You must establish and maintain effective relationships with colleagues on a small, agile design-to-flight team. You will be challenged with bringing unique and complex aircraft from initial airworthiness to operational use, at a company that believes in giving our team members the authority and responsibility to succeed.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and manage test strategy and objectives, test plans, test procedures, and mission cards for ground and flight testing for the high-speed test vehicles

  • Coordinate closely with vehicle engineering team to define test and data requirements, and identify system safety or operational concerns

  • Coordinate closely with multiple vehicle crew chiefs and ground support personnel to ensure operational priorities are understood and met

  • Organize preparation for and lead Test Readiness Review activities as representative for the high-speed test vehicles

  • Identify test hazards and develop mitigation actions

  • Manage and communicate test-specific vehicle limitations and test readiness review actions

  • Lead high-speed vehicle test execution team

  • Coordinate on-vehicle priorities and schedules to meet final assembly and test requirements

  • Assist with functional system test planning and execution in areas such as avionics, flight control actuation, recovery systems, propulsion integration and propulsion system demonstration activities

  • Work with Carrier Aircraft operations team to ensure successful vehicle mating and integrated systems testing is accomplished

  • Assist with the coordination of range, airspace and support resources in support of high-speed vehicle flight tests

  • Execute integrated vehicle ground test activities and as key member of mission control room team during flight test activities

  • Coordinate high-speed vehicle test data analysis and ensure test results are appropriately reviewed, documented, and controlled

  • Provide key inputs to and mature the high-speed vehicle Concept of Operations including ground and flight operational procedures, timelines, checklists, and emergency response actions, starting from payload receipt through recovery of multiple vehicles per mission

  • Provide key inputs to FAA launch licensing and government test range coordination efforts

  • Participate in payload customer meetings, including meetings for payload integration/deintegration planning, integrated vehicle testing and data product delivery

  • Facilitate payload hardware and software integration and integrated test on high-speed test vehicle

  • Evaluate risks and risk mitigation plans to determine if the risks are appropriate and risk mitigations are adequate

  • Travel, as needed, to support design, mission planning, and other tasks for the Program Director

  • Demonstrate integrity, accountability and initiative to fulfill commitments

Qualifications

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required

  • Technical aerospace leadership or experience, including supervision and training in a technical environment

  • Ability to analyze and prioritize tasks on their own initiative, and drive projects to completion, to fit within overall business goals

  • Ability to lead a small team, make decisions, communicate requirements, and quickly adapt to changing priorities

  • Previous experience with new, experimental, or modified aircraft, launch vehicles or spacecraft, technical and safety review boards, and configuration control methods

  • Knowledge of risk management or safety management systems

  • Have excellent written and verbal communication skills

  • Be able to work irregular hours and work days, and travel periodically

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance

Highly Desired

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, or similar technical foundation

  • Flight Test Engineer graduate of a recognized test pilot school long course

  • Previous experience as a Test Director or Test Conductor for a developmental test program

  • Previous experience as a Flight Test Engineer or control room engineer on an active test program

  • Experience with launch vehicle or aircraft requirements verification

  • Experience with launch vehicle, air-launch, or high-speed flight programs

  • Possess or be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance

  • Experience with government flight test organizations, ranges, and procedures

Education/Certifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from accredited institution and 10 years of relevant experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience

Required computer skills

  • MS Office

  • Configuration management tools

  • Engineering and test data analysis tools such as IADS and MATLAB

Special remarks

  • Travel estimated to be approximately 5%

  • This position is located in Mojave, CA

Applicants must be a US citizen to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law:

https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf

Job Category: Engineering

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