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Senior Integration & Test Engineer

Varda Space Industries

Varda Space Industries

Quality Assurance
El Segundo, CA, USA
Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2024

About Varda

The environment of space hold the potential to craft products that profoundly enhance life on Earth. Varda is at the forefront of this endeavor, harnessing the unique environment of low earth orbit to produce these innovations and reintroduce them to our world. Our mission transcends mere exploration; we're expanding the economic horizons of humanity.

At Varda, you'll be positioned at the nexus of ambition and expertise. Our seasoned team, with its rich legacy in aerospace and technology, has honed its skills in the corridors of industry giants. Here, your contributions will be both cherished and critiqued by leaders who, with a wealth of experience behind them, are now devoted to the realm of extraterrestrial manufacturing.

While our aspirations soar high, our path is grounded in technical pragmatism and operational viability. Our conceptual operations are crystalline material processing and reentry, backed by years of research and development anchored in the International Space Station's, and commercial space sectors expansive achievements.

Join Varda, and work to finally create a bustling in-space ecosystem.

About This Role

As a Senior Integration and Test Engineer, you will have a broad role scope owning vehicle systems, integration, and test. Ultimately, engineers are responsible for the vehicle and ensuring all systems are ready for launch and operations. To accomplish this, engineers need knowledge of system design, manufacturing, test, and operations. This role interfaces with all engineering departments and Integration and Test Engineers must be able to drive conflicting requirements to implemented solutions.


  • Develop and own the vehicle integration and test campaign to validate and verify Varda’s vehicles’ flight readiness
  • Own vehicle technical and programmatic decisions to ensure vehicle success
  • Create, maintain, and execute build and test procedures
  • Create and maintain build schedules to drive delivery of flight components, ground support equipment, and software readiness
  • Own avionics systems, schematics, and harness design
  • Maintain vehicle system budgets (power, mass, telemetry, etc) and ensure the tools output relevant information for all teams
  • Evaluate vehicle change impacts and drive execution of change implementation
  • Operate vehicles in space
  • Own and improve production environment

Basic Qualifications

  • B.S. degree in engineering, physics, or related field and 5+ proven years of experience in systems, integration, and/or test
  • Teamwork, communication, and problem solving in a collaborative environment
  • Proven experience working on complex technical programs, preferably within aerospace or related industries
  • Strong first principles thinking and technical breadth across relevant fields (electrical, mechanical, software, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of aerospace vehicle subsystems
  • Hands-on experience building aerospace vehicles
    • Must be physically able to regularly lift 25 lbs.
    • Must be comfortable bending, stooping, and standing
    • Hands-on position may require standing for up to 6 hours a day and working directly with hardware on the floor

Preferred Skills and Experience

  • Deep knowledge of satellite systems engineering, including all satellite subsystems
  • Experience with project management of the full lifecycle of a project
  • Capability to solve complex problems autonomously as an individual or as a member of an integrated team.
  • Experience with aerospace hardware development practices (e.g., qualification testing practices, design for typical space environments, cleanliness, etc.)
  • Prior work in a technical leadership role for a launch vehicle or satellite development effort
  • Experience supporting flight test or flying spacecraft
  • Experience in propulsion systems, integration, and/or test
  • Experience in a production environment
  • Wiring schematic, harness design, and harness manufacturing experience
  • Unigraphics NX experience or similar CAD software

Pay Range

  • Salary Range: $125,000.00 - $175,000.00/per year
  • This role is on-site in El Segundo, CA
  • Leveling and base salary is determined by job-related skills, education level, experience level, and job performance
  • You will be eligible for long-term incentives in the form of stock options and/or long-term cash awards
  • Offer compensation also includes the ability to purchase company stock through the Employee Stock Purchase Plan

ITAR Requirements

  • Varda, like all employers, must ensure that its employees working in the United States are lawfully authorized to work in the U.S. Additionally, our employees are exposed to and have access to certain export-controlled items. At present, some of our technology to which employees have access requires a license to be exported to individuals other than “U.S. Persons” as defined in U.S. export regulations. Because our employees are provided access to export-controlled items, our current policy is to only hire “U.S. persons” who are permitted to have access to our technology without an export license.

    “US person” means: U.S. citizen, U.S. lawful permanent resident, or protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) (i.e., individual admitted to the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum in the U.S.)

    Learn more about the ITAR here.


  • Exciting team of professionals at the top of their field to working by your side
  • Working in El Segundo, CA - an awesome Southern California beach city with quick access to entertainment and outdoor activities
  • Equity in a fully funded space startup with potential for significant growth
  • 401(k) matching
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Health insurance, including Vision and Dental
  • Lunch and snacks provided on site every day. Dinners provided twice a week.
  • Maternity / Paternity leave

Varda Space Industries is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. Candidates and employees are always evaluated based on merit, qualifications, and performance. We will never discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, national origin, ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, martial status, mental or physical disability, or any other legally protected status.

E-Verify Statement

Varda Space Industries, Inc. participates in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security E-Verify program. The E-Verify program is an Internet-based employment eligibility verification system operated by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Learn more about the E-Verify program.

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