Avionics Hardware Test Engineer at Relativity Space

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Team and Role Overview:

Relativity is creating the first autonomous rocket factory. Our vision is to build the future of humanity in space – starting with rockets. We have an ambitious mission, and we understand that it takes a team to achieve it. This is why we are growing and looking for team members to join us that feel just as excited and driven to accomplish something that has not been done before, together.

We are expanding our Avionics team! We are seeking an eager, driven, and ambitious Avionics Test Engineer to join a rapidly growing space startup. This Avionics Test Engineer position will provide outstanding technical engineering in the testing of our avionics hardware, and the transition from initial development testing to full rate production test.  This Avionics Test Engineer position and role will include testing sub-assemblies, testing at the test site and support launch.

Come join our mission of building humanity in space!

The Mission/Outcomes and Objectives:

Our mission is to change the people’s conception of the way rockets are built and flown. As the Avionics Test Engineer, you will have a key role in ensuring the proper testing of our components, as well as contributing the to the testing of the sub-systems and launch vehicle. This will include the development of a test infrastructure for component testing, including test racks, test circuits, test software and GUIs.  These developments will also be used for higher level assemblies across our organization. 

Candidate Profile:

The ideal candidate is someone that is excited to work on component testing and associated automation, but is also constantly looking to acquire more skills. They should be able to use CAD tools for designing the test racks, circuits, harnessing and test fixtures skills to robustly test our components in an automated environment. They should have experience testing complex components. They are focused on keeping solutions simple and practical, supporting our schedules, delivering quality solutions and taking full ownership of testing. The candidate should be proactive and inquisitive to make the best judgements possible in any given situation. They strive to learn the ins-and-outs of existing processes and apply critical thinking skills to improve test and production capabilities. A successful candidate should be communicative, be respectful, strive to achieve compromise, and be flexible with their schedule.

Minimum Required Skills and Competencies:  

  • An undergraduate or graduate degree (BS/MS/PhD) in electrical engineering or comparable and 5+ years relevant experience.
  • Demonstrated experience developing test infrastructure to ensure the proper and thorough test of components and systems
  • Background of developing bring-up tools to support preliminary testing during development
  • Test rack development to support automated tests
  • Experience developing tests to support environmental testing
  • Skilled with developing test software (e.g. python, Beckhoff, LabView)
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively in cross-functional teams

Preferred Skills and Competencies:  

  • Prior work on a launch vehicle
  • Experience in a startup or agile development environment
  • Experience developing test plans based on SMC-S-016 or comparable, and tailoring to company needs
  • Electrical CAD and circuit design experience 

This position must meet Export Control compliance requirements, therefore a United States Person as defined by 22 C.F.R.  § 120.15 is required.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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Relativity is located near LAX in an industrial complex where we take up 4 buildings. We are easily accessible from the 405, near Randy's Donuts!

An Insider's view of Relativity Space

What’s the vibe like in the office?

Our office is very interesting--from the large and colorful art pieces on the walls to the large (and small) rocket parts all over. We also have screens all over that are casting live streams of our testing and manufacturing floor. You just feel like you are seeing the future of manufacturing unfold right before your eyes.


Lead Recruiter

What is your vision for the company?

We are creating an entirely re-imagined process to iterate and scale rockets quickly, eventually helping to build the future of humanity in space.


CEO and Co-Founder

What are some things you learned at the company?

I've never been at a company before that has so valued recruiting and the candidate experience in all stages of the interview process, from initial contact to even past onboarding. Everyone here respects each others' time and takes hiring very seriously. We have a high bar, but that means we've also cultivated a very talented team!


Talent Operations Coordinator

What are Relativity Space Perks + Benefits

Volunteer in local community
Friends outside of work
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Hiring Practices that Promote Diversity
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
We provide 5 tiers of coverage through Anthem--2 of which are almost completely free for employees.
Life Insurance
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
Company Equity
Relativity Space provides equity to all full time employees, vesting over a 4 year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Flexible Work Schedule
Family Medical Leave
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Relativity Space offers 20 days of PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Paid Holidays
11 holidays--federal, and company wide
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Relativity Space has quarterly off sites reviews, monthly celebration dinners, and regular social events
Stocked Kitchen
A wide variety of snacks are provided
Some Meals Provided
Weekly lunches for lunch and learn, all hands, and new hire lunches are provided
Happy Hours
Bi-weekly happy hours/socials
Pet Friendly
Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Tuition Reimbursement
Annual learning and development stipend of up to $2,000.
Lunch and learns
Every other week, we host a lunch and learn to get learn about the exciting work other teams are doing!
Paid industry certifications
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