Madison, Wisconsin

The Propulsion Test Engineer owns the test stand coordination of propulsion related hardware throughout the test campaign such as design of the test stand to support test hardware, flow control, tubing and pipe sizing and design, facility P&ID, release of appropriate documents, parts procurement, assembly, integration, facility data reduction and test support of propulsion hardware development. This individual must have a strong working knowledge in fluid system design (pneumatic and liquid systems), mechanical design, data analysis and experience in subsystem layout, interface control documentation and requirements definition. The ideal candidate will be experienced in the design, test, and evaluation of fluid systems (ideally with some rocket propulsion background), analysis in support of testing, experience with various fluids including cryogenic fluids. Must be able to demonstrate leadership ability. Experience in liquid rocket engines and thrusters is highly desirable.

A subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), Sierra Space builds and delivers the future of space transportation, destinations and infrastructure, offering “space-as-a-service” in support of the new space economy. Leveraging breakthrough technologies including the Dream Chaser® spaceplane, also known as America’s Spaceplane®, and expandable LIFE™ habitat, Sierra Space offers turnkey solutions that are modular, reusable and scalable. Sierra Space brings life to space, and space to life.  Learn More about Sierra Space

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Lead a small team in test stand buildup and operation of rocket engine hardware

  • Prepare the test facility for upcoming test campaigns

  • Have working knowledge of fluid systems and work with other test engineers and technicians to get it built up for upcoming tests

  • Knowledge of sizing valves, actuators, regulators, valve & regulator control systems

  • Develop P&ID and test operating procedures to successfully execute a test

  • Be able to operate as a test conductor and make sound decisions during a test

  • Read and interpret blueprints, technical drawings and schematics

  • Originate specifications, control documents, verification and validation plans, procedures, reports, or other documentation in support of test and development activities

  • Lead and work with other Engineers to implement operating procedures, resolve system issues and provide technical information

  • Prepare material for, and conduct, periodic test design reviews, test readiness reviews, facility data analysis reviews

  • Understand, plan, and execute technical activities in accordance with Sierra Space policies, procedures, work instructions and specific Customer requirements

  • Ensure conformance of products with Engineering design and performance specifications

  • Execute engineering design and development activities consistent with Customer quality, cost, and schedule requirements

  • Knowledge of Matlab, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Visio, SolidWorks beneficial

Must Haves:

  • Requires a BS in Related Field; MS preferred.

  • Minimum 5 years of experience in the aerospace, or closely related, industry

  • Experience in Matlab, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Visio, SolidWorks is preferred

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills are a must

  • Ability to rapidly work with minimal supervision on projects involving both small and large engineering teams

  • Previous experience and skills in fluid flow, control and test

  • Must be able to work in a highly collaborative, fast paced environment with emphasizes in rapid prototyping, testing, and fielding of capabilities

  • Experience with liquid rocket engines/thrusters  


To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of Commerce.

With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station.  Please visit to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.

Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

At Sierra Space, our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. Sierra Space is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Contributions to Sierra Space come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.

Madison, Wisconsin

Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) provides customer-focused technology solutions in the areas of aerospace, aviation, electronics and systems integration, with applications including telemedicine, navigation and guidance systems, threat detection and security, scientific research and infrastructure protection. Founded in 1963 and headquartered in Sparks, Nevada, SNC operates under the leadership of owners, CEO Fatih Ozmen and President Eren Ozmen, with a global workforce supporting its customers

Sierra Nevada Corporation and owners Fatih and Eren Ozmen have been honored by numerous organizations as a result of their successful leadership, including: World's Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Space, Fast Company America's Fastest-Growing Private Companies, Inc. Tier 1 Superior Supplier for U.S. Air Force Aerospace Company of the Year Top Women-Owned U.S. Government Contractor Fastest Growing Women-Owned Company in North America Aviation Entrepreneurs of the Year Living Legends of Aviation Most Influential Turkish-American Woman, No. 2 TurkOfAmerica Top 10 Most Influential Turkish Americans, TurkOfAmerica Top Woman-Owned Firm for excellence in using innovative information technology solutions Women Role Model of the Year Distinguished Business of the Year Honorary Doctorate of Science -- University of Nevada, Reno (2016) Family Owned Business Award -- Nevada Business Magazine As a tribute to the Ozmen's exceptional leadership, successful vision and extraordinarily generous employee benefits, SNC was recognized by its employees as: Reno-Tahoe's Best Places to Work Denver's Best Places to Work Florida's Best Companies to Work

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