Test Bed Design Engineer

Job Summary: System Integration and Test EGSE Lead Design Engineer will lead a team of software and hardware engineers in the complete development life cycle of Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) for a Spacecraft Program. The EGSE will include the Test Bed or Spacecraft Checkout Station used to interface and control a spacecraft during System Integration and Test, Test Beds used to test Spacecraft Flight Boxes and a Spacecraft Hardware in the Loop Simulator.

The Engineer will generate engineering designs and drawings per aerospace standards and practices. The design responsibilities include custom board design for the test equipment. The candidate will be responsible for leading the parts procurement, and leading technicians in building and testing the Test Bed.

The ideal candidate will have strong organizational skills, interpersonal skills, and execution skills. The ideal candidate will possess a mission focus and heightened sense of urgency to accomplish defined tasks. In addition, the ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of task execution, demonstrated initiative and be a motivated self-starter.


  1. Research, design, develop, and test Electronic Test Systems for space hardware. Includes communications equipment and systems; analog and digital circuitry; computers; and control and COTS test equipment. Technologies may include Power, Analog, Digital, RF, Antenna and Test Software development. Responsible for design, debug, maintenance and repair of Test Systems in the Space Sector of APL.
  2. The EGSE design engineer will be responsible for hardware and software through the full product life cycle (design, fabrication, debug, integration test and maintenance support).
  3. EGSE design engineer will interact with spacecraft subsystem Leads to define and document requirements for EGSE and STE.
  4. Perform and coordinate EGSE manufacturing.
  5. Interact with program or technical leads for development and prioritization of tasks.
  6. The EGSE Engineer may act as an I&T Integration Engineer or Test Conductor after delivery of the program EGSE.
Note: This job summary and listing of duties is for the purpose of describing the position and its essential functions at time of hire and may change over time.


Required Qualifications:
  • BS degree in Electrical/Electronic/Computer Science Engineering or equivalent.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrable problem solving skills.
  • Must have electrical hardware design experience.
  • Thorough understanding of manufacturing project planning, scheduling, resource management, materials ordering, inventory management, and quality functions.
  • Familiarity with digital multi-meters, source measurement units, oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, counter/timers, and function/waveform generators.
  • Experience with schematic capture electronic design automation (EDA) tools, such as OrCAD, Mentor or Altium.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work as both a team leader and a team member.
  • Ability to multitask successfully.
  • Must be well organized, team oriented, have high initiative, work well with others, and communicate effectively with all levels within the organization.
  • Familiarity with MIL standards and requirements, AS9100 or ISO 9001 experience.

  • Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience in spacecraft Electrical Ground Support Equipment and Special Test Equipment, and Integration of electrical components to harness and Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE).
  • Experience in spacecraft Integration and Test and Launch Operations.
  • Knowledge of dynamic digital IO.
  • Familiarity with FPGA-based testing techniques and VHDL.
  • Familiarity with the PXI controllers, Data Acquisition / Data Logger Switch Units, Network Switches.
  • Familiarity with MIL-STD-1553, UART, RS422, and SpaceWire requirements and protocols.
  • L3 InControl Software experience in developing Test Scripts and Test Conducting of aerospace hardware.
  • Familiarity with LabVIEW software.
  • Masters in Engineering or Computer Science.
  • Experience with MBE tools such as CREO Harness

  • Special Working Conditions: Must be able to work in clean rooms. Must be able to travel. Occasional long hours, working shifts, and weekend work may be required.

    Security: Applicant selected will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

    Benefits: APL offers a comprehensive benefits package including a liberal vacation plan, a matching retirement program, significant educational assistance, a scholarship tuition program for staff with dependents, and competitive salaries commensurate with skills and experience. For more information about our organization, please visit our web site at www.jhuapl.edu.

    Equal Employment Opportunity: Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that complies with Title IX of the Education Amendments Acts of 1972, as well as other applicable laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.


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