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AI&T Test Facilities Engineer

Axiom Space

Axiom Space

Software Engineering, Operations, Data Science
Webster, TX, USA
Posted on Friday, February 23, 2024

Axiom Space is building for beyond, guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. The leading provider of human spaceflight services and developer of human-rated space infrastructure, Axiom Space operates end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while developing its successor, Axiom Station – a permanent commercial destination in low-Earth orbit that will sustain human growth off the planet and bring untold benefits back home.

Axiom Space fosters a diverse environment inclusive of all perspectives. We are the pioneers of commercial space, leading the transformation of low-Earth orbit into a global space marketplace. Our mission-driven team is seeking an Experienced Test Facilities Engineer - Mechanical who is fueled by troubleshooting, problem-solving, continuous curiosity, a drive to understand our world, science/technology, and life itself, all for the benefit of humankind on Earth and beyond.

This position has multiple job openings (and may be filled at multiple levels).

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Support efforts to set-up and maintain at least some of the following testing capabilities: Thermal and TVAC chambers, Shock and Vibration tables, Shakers, EMI/EMC chambers, Pressure systems, Modal and Static Load assemblies, or other pieces of test equipment.
  • Lead a team of engineers, contractors, consultants, and technicians in the execution of test facilities projects (maintenance or readiness).
  • Work with Cryogenic, High-Vacuum or High-Pressure Systems, or their subcomponents.
  • Develop technical specifications, Statements of Work (SOW), Work Authorizing Documents (WAD), Task Preparation Sheets (TPS) to track all phases of procurement, inspection, fabrication & installation into the facility and test systems.
  • Read and interpret PI&D, mechanical and electrical diagrams and schematics, and general test requirements from customers to design test solutions.
  • Troubleshoot and solve test equipment issues (leak, mechanical or electrical).
  • Manage the design, development, and issuance of drawings, documentation, and reports for test facility projects.
  • Support and maintain configuration and configuration control of test facilities systems, such as: Compressed air, chilled cooling tower, vacuum, Liquid Nitrogen, Nitrogen and Helium Systems).
  • Collaborate with design engineers for Test Support Equipment (TSE) development.
  • Work with engineers, test directors, contractors and customers on test planning, scheduling, preparation, readiness, and execution.
  • Perform Job Hazard Analysis.
  • Lead initiatives to help define test workflows, documentation, processes, and procedures.
  • Adhere to appropriate safety, quality, and environmental practices, as well as business ethics practices.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Candidates applying for Engineering positions are required to have an engineering degree from an ABET accredited program. For more information on included programs, please visit Home - ABET

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty 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.

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering (mechanical, aerospace, electrical or related discipline).
  • Master’s Degree in a STEM field, preferred.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience related to installation and maintenance of engineering facilities.

Experience

Experience in two or more of the following areas is strongly desired. Your application will be considered even if you do not have experience in all areas.

  • Setting-up and maintaining some of the following test capabilities: Thermal and TVAC chambers, Shock and Vibration tables, Shakers, EMI/EMC chambers, Pressure systems, Modal and Static Load assemblies, or other pieces of test equipment.
  • Hazardous system design, construction, or maintenance such as oxygen / hydrogen / nitrogen systems, high-pressure systems or high-vacuum systems.
  • Managing the upkeep of mechanical equipment (such as pumps, motors, blowers, valves, etc.) related to facility maintenance.
  • Setting-up and maintaining cooling systems: air-blower, sprayed-water, or chilled-water.
  • Bulk LN2 supply systems design, set-up, or maintenance.
  • Testing of space-related hardware components or systems (flight or non-flight).
  • Using 2D/3D modeling software such as AutoCAD, SolidWorks, CATIA, NX, or Rhino.
  • Familiar with LabVIEW, Simatic, Scada systems or PLC programming.
  • Familiar with National Electric Code, ASHRAE, National Fire Protection Association, or International Building Code.
  • Familiar with Government or commercial spaceflight programs.
  • Project management - agile/scrum methodologies (preferred).
  • High and low voltage DC and AC systems operation and installation (preferred).

Work Environment: Generally, the work will be split between the office and lab environment, but can involve outside work depending on the task.

Requirements

  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.
  • This position requires to be in-person in Houston, TX (not remote or hybrid).

Physical Requirements

  • Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of the time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of the time).
  • This job requires working with energized electrical and mechanical equipment.
  • Should be able to kneel, and go up and down ladders to work on equipment and machines.
  • Should be able to work with standard office equipment (laptop, printer, etc.)

Skills

  • Multitasker: Ability to work on multiple projects at the same time.
  • Comfortable working with high-voltage, high-pressure and high-vacuum systems.
  • Electro-Mechanical aptitude.
  • Use of hand tools, multimeter, oscilloscope.
  • Strong adherence to safety practices.
  • Strong attention to detail while appreciating the bigger picture of the complex and ambitious projects that we take on.
  • Excellent people skills.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills with experience communicating to senior decision-makers and technical audiences.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Result oriented personality with a creative approach to problem solving.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Self-motivated.

Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values.
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  • Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods.
  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources.
  • Teamwork - Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic, and deadline-oriented environment.

Axiom Space is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Axiom Space does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.