Test Technician - Valves

Los Angeles, California /
Manufacturing – Manufacturing /
/ On-site
ABL Space Systems was founded in 2017 by veterans of SpaceX and Morgan Stanley to develop low-cost launch vehicles for the small satellite industry. More importantly, we’re building a launch system we are truly proud of – no gimmicks or over-design, just reliable, rapidly deployable launches. We’re an ambitious team with big goals and, together, we’re determined to prove that reaching space can be simple, efficient, and routine.  

When launch day arrives, we want you by our side

Valves Test Technician
Test Technicians work closely with the engineering department to support test operations on both test stands and fixtures for flight hardware.  Test techs have a vital role in validating valves and other hardware for flight worthiness.  Hardware is subjected to various ATP Acceptance Test Procedures.  They apply specific pressures and voltage to flight hardware to simulate actual flight environment.  Test Data is recorded and sent to engineering to analyze performance. 


    • Execute and run tests as required on flight and ground support hardware to support the launch manifest (hydraulic, pneumatic proof, leak, thermal and electrical tests)
    • Communicate and work with engineers to develop and document test procedures
    • Assist in the design and fabrication of test fixtures, test setups, and test stands
    • Improve area safety and efficiency through regular auditing and continuous improvement
    • Identifying training needs and developing training programs in line with the hardware that is being tested
    • Assist in the identification, installation and implementation of test equipment, instrumentation, and data acquisition systems
    • Ensure test equipment is maintained and calibrated as well as track calibration schedules
    • Lead efforts to uncover root-cause and develop permanent resolution on issues found during product builds
    • Able to read an interpret work instructions and specifications accurately


    • High school diploma or equivalency certificate
    • 2+ years of experience working in an aerospace, manufacturing, military, or automotive environment
    • 2+ years of experience performing hydraulic, pneumatic proof, leak, thermal, and electrical tests


    • Experience with test operations procedures including hydraulic load control, hydro/pneumatic pressure control, and safe handling of flight parts
    • Ability to read electro-mechanical schematics to accomplish checkouts
    • Ability to troubleshoot programs and systems and determine root causes and implement fixes
    • Ability to install and use test instrumentation sensors, including strain gages, deflection gages, pressure transducers, load cells, thermocouples, RTDs, accelerometers, and analog circuitry
    • Ability to fabricate and repair cable harnesses including soldering, crimping, assembling connectors
    • Ability to read mechanical assembly drawings and blueprints
    • Strong computer skillset, including Microsoft Office navigation and file manipulation
    • Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills
    • Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment
    • Ability to solve complex problems with minimal supervision on tight schedules
    • Ability to take project goals inputs and works towards that end-goal beyond individual task assignment


    • Must be willing to work all shifts, overtime, and/or weekends as needed.
    • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. unassisted
    • Standing, lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position
The hourly rate for this role is $23 - $38.40. This is the lowest to highest salary we reasonably and in good faith believe we would pay for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range, and the range may be modified in the future. An employee’s pay position within the salary range will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, performance, and business or organizational needs.
We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance, and 401(k) to eligible employees.

ITAR Requirement
This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations.  As such, US person status (including US citizens, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) is a required qualification for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.