Relativity Space
We are building the future of aerospace.

Sr Operations Test Engineer

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Employer Provided Salary: 133,000-166,000 Annually
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Company Overview:  

At Relativity Space, we have two audacious goals: to build the next great commercial launch company with Terran R and to become America's leading force in additive manufacturing innovation. Both contribute to our long-term vision of creating humanity’s industrial base on Mars, paving the way for interplanetary life to expand the possibilities of the human experience. This journey begins right here on Earth – where we design, build, and fly rockets to deliver customer payloads to orbit. Terran R, our medium-to-heavy lift reusable rocket, fulfills the growing demand for launch capacity, thanks to our iterative approach that accelerates design, testing, and development while minimizing costs. While our groundbreaking research and development in 3D printing pushes the boundaries of large-scale additive manufacturing.

Your journey with us is more than just a job – it’s an opportunity to shape the future of aerospace technology, additive manufacturing, and the human experience alongside a community of passionate, creative individuals. Join us on this extraordinary journey, as we work together to transform our vision into reality.

About the Team:  

The Factory Test team is responsible for all hazardous testing in our Long Beach facilities. We use our breadth of experience and collaborative engineering approach to support everything from very large structural tests to precise valve actuation. To that end, we design, build, and operate all test assets in Long Beach from initial concept to test execution. If you enjoy working on a multi-disciplinary team with a broad mandate and want to put hands on hardware, then this is the team for you.

About the Role: 

The Senior Operations Test Engineer will plan, execute, and document complex test operations. In the planning phase, they will:

  • Develop operational plans and act as a consultant for Vehicle Responsible Engineers.
  • Write test plans, procedures, automation, and work instructions.
  • Work closely with the design engineering teams to identify and mitigate concerns related to safety, efficiency, reliability, accessibility, and operability.
  • Lead Test Readiness Reviews

During the execution phase, they will operate the test stands under both manual and computer control. In the event of unforeseen test conditions, they will use engineering first principles and system understanding to maintain a safe operational environment. The ideal candidate will thrive in high-stakes operational environments and remain calm and professional under pressure.

After test, the operations engineer will assist with data processing, retrospectives, and continuous improvement initiatives.

Many of our most important test stands are still in the design phase. As we wrap up design and transition to construction, you will be in a pivotal position to influence their development, providing input, feedback, and hands-on experience that will directly impact the design and functionality of these critical systems. As an early member of the operations team, you will also assume a critical role in team development and the formulation of our training and certification programs.

About You:  

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics, or related field.
  • 5+ years of experience operating complex equipment and/or planning complex operations.
  • Proven ability to identify and mitigate safety concerns related to test operations.
  • Demonstrated success in high-stress environments where time is of the essence.
  • Strong first principles understanding of electrical and fluid systems.
  • Basic troubleshooting skills.
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Able to make decisions with incomplete information.
  • While we make every effort to have a sustainable and predictable work schedule, sometimes test stands have their own plans. Must be able to work a shifted schedule as required.

Nice to haves but not required:  

  • Leadership potential: ability to take on leadership roles and responsibilities as the team expands
  • Experience with aerospace testing
  • Knowledge of cryogenic systems
  • Comfortable with public speaking and leading meetings
  • Certification with rigging and lifting equipment
  • Willing to work at heights and in confined spaces

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual L&D stipend and more! 

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.

The below-range represents Relativity Space’s current good-faith pay scale for this role.  Relativity Space reserves the right to modify or update this range at any time.
Compensation is only one part of our entire total rewards package. To see some of the benefits & perks we offer, please visit here:

Hiring Range:

$133,000$166,000 USD

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What are Relativity Space Perks + Benefits

Relativity Space Benefits Overview

We are committed to our team member's health, well-being, and growth!

Volunteer in local community
Open door policy
OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
Quarterly engagement surveys
Flexible work schedule
Dedicated diversity and inclusion staff
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Diversity recruitment program
Health Insurance + Wellness
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
We provide 5 tiers of coverage through Anthem--2 of which are almost completely free for employees.
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
Company equity
Relativity Space provides equity to all full time employees, vesting over a 4 year period.
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Fertility benefits
We partner with Carrot Fertility
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Relativity Space offers 20 days of PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
11 holidays--federal, and company wide
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Relativity Space has quarterly off sites reviews, monthly celebration dinners, and regular social events
Free snacks and drinks
A wide variety of snacks are provided
Some meals provided
Weekly lunches for lunch and learn, all hands, and new hire lunches are provided
Company-sponsored happy hours
Bi-weekly happy hours/socials
Onsite office parking
Relocation assistance
Fitness stipend
Mother's room
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Every other week, we host a lunch and learn to get learn about the exciting work other teams are doing!
Promote from within
Continuing education stipend
Paid industry certifications

Additional Perks + Benefits

Employees receive a $500 learning stipend per calendar year. This stipend provides our employees with the opportunity to develop their professional skills. They may use this stipend to attend seminars, conferences, educational courses, webinars, or receive coaching.

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