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Amazon Military Encouraged to Apply - Propulsion Test Engineer, Propulsion in Redmond, Washington


Project Kuiper is an initiative to launch a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites that will provide low-latency, high-speed broadband connectivity to unserved and under-served communities around the world. The Propulsion Group is seeking a Test Engineer to support the automation and optimization of flight hardware test capabilities.

The Propulsion Test Engineer will work within the Kuiper Propulsion Team in the development, operation, and optimization of electric propulsion test infrastructure, with a focus on test hardware and software automation. This person will get to develop testing capabilities for a variety of different propulsion subsystems, including feed systems, thrusters, cathodes, PCBA's, tanks, as well as the integrated propulsion system.

The Test Engineer will develop and design new test capabilities as well as improve existing test frameworks in order to ensure the needed test coverage is achieved at increasing production rates. They will also contribute to finding solutions to challenging problems by trading process methodologies, schedule constraints, and test coverage in determining and implementing test solutions.

Key job responsibilities

  • Define and implement solutions to optimize and automate electric propulsion system testing

  • Develop test automation, data acquisition, and data analysis software to improve test efficiency and cycle times

  • Work with hardware subsystem owners to ensure test coverage is maintained across multiple development and flight hardware design update cycles

  • Author test reports and disseminate results to fellow team members

  • Work with other engineers to refine test requirements and the methodologies to achieve those requirements

  • Train operators in the execution of developed processes

  • Assemble and commission electric propulsion test diagnostics and facilities

  • Author, refine, and implement test procedures

Export Control Requirement:

Due to applicable export control laws and regulations, candidates must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e., current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

A day in the life

The Propulsion Test Engineer will develop and perform a variety of hardware tests of propulsion subsystems as well as integrated systems to ensure the hardware meets qualification and acceptance requirements for flight. They will also work closely with multiple engineering teams to identify process improvements to improve test efficiency. A successful candidate thrives in a fast paced, start-up like environment and is able to apply their technical expertise and commitment to quality to positively impact organization goals. To be successful they will need to be highly motivated and detail oriented while showing the highest standards of execution.

About the team

The Kuiper Propulsion Team is responsible for the design and development of the propulsion system which provides maneuvering capability to the spacecraft. The Propulsion Team is made up of a variety of sub-teams which are responsible for various aspects of the development process, such as mechanical design, systems engineering, subject matter experts, manufacturing, and test. This vertically integrated team structure allows direct communication and rapid process feedback while also promoting close collaboration across the team.

We are open to hiring candidates to work out of one of the following locations:

Redmond, WA, USA

Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physics, or equivalent experience

  • 3+ years developing automation, data acquisition, or control software

  • 3+ years of automating manufacturing or test processes

  • 3+ years experience with electrical test equipment and data acquisition systems

  • 3+ years of authoring manufacturing or test procedures

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience developing software with Python, LabVIEW, or TestStand

  • Experience testing electric propulsion systems or their subsystems

  • Experience developing and operating pressurized fluid systems in Aerospace environments

  • Experience developing test processes in a production environment

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Our compensation reflects the cost of labor across several US geographic markets. The base pay for this position ranges from $105,600/year in our lowest geographic market up to $185,000/year in our highest geographic market. Pay is based on a number of factors including market location and may vary depending on job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Amazon is a total compensation company. Dependent on the position offered, equity, sign-on payments, and other forms of compensation may be provided as part of a total compensation package, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. For more information, please visit This position will remain posted until filled. Applicants should apply via our internal or external career site.