Lead Environmental Test Lab Technician

El Segundo, California
Manufacturing – Manufacturing /
Full-time /
ABL Space Systems is driven by the vision that in ten years, missions to space will launch every day from around the world. We’ve set out to assure global access to space through the development of a low-cost launch vehicle and a modular ground system, RS1 and GS0. 
Behind our business model is an exceptional team. Engineers, technicians and operators at ABL thrive on creating simple yet effective systems to tackle the challenge that space launch presents.  
Launch is just the beginning. Join ABL in paving the way for the next-generation space platform.

As the Lead Environmental Test Lab Technician, you will perform testing operations and ensure the highest standards of quality. You should have a strong background in environmental testing with an emphasis on vibration, shock, and thermal testing. We are seeking a seasoned professional with a strong passion for multidisciplinary testing, design development, and problem-solving. You will collaborate closely with a diverse team of engineers, overseeing satellite hardware testing during the design and construction phases. The ideal candidate possesses extensive expertise in mechanical disciplines, is hands-on, adaptable, quick to learn, excels in a fast-paced environment, and demonstrates exceptional self-motivation and leadership skills. These traits will provide the foundation to help ABL validate components for flight.


    • Train team members on certain processes to ensure accuracy and timely completion of tasks
    •  Collaborate with manager to ensure projects are being executed within the team
    •  Program and operate thermal chambers to simulate environments and run tests
    • Program and operate electro-dynamic test shakers to simulate environments and run tests
    • Operate and tune shock systems to analyze transient events representative of environments
    • Perform tests with high pressure and cryogenic fluids
    • Work with engineering to troubleshoot hardware and test discrepancies
    • Maintain lab cleanliness, improve efficiency, and work on 5S improvement projects
    • Responsible for preventative maintenance of lab equipment
    • Use of mechanical hand tools and torque wrenches to setup test fixtures


    • 5+ years of hands-on experience with mechanical/structural/fluid/electrical systems
    • 3+ years of experience performing electronic testing and inspection using portable measuring devices
    • Understanding of vibration, shock, and thermal testing
    • Excellent organizational and communication skills
    • Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment
    • Travel may be required


    • 6+ years of experience in test development or manufacturing/production environment
    • Experience running thermal testing
    • Experience running vibration and shock testing
    • Experience running high pressure testing
    • Experience running using cryogenic fluids
    • Experience in space, aviation, military, or other high-reliability operating environments
    • Industry certification, Trade School training, and/or Military experience


    • Critical thinking:  ABL technicians understand the “why” behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes
    • Ability to deal with ambiguity: ABL technicians must be comfortable defining their own pathway to an objective
    • End-to end ownership:  Projects are delivered fully complete and ready for flight


    • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time
    • Ability to use a computer to complete assignments
    • Ability to communicate with individuals and groups in person, by phone and telepresence
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will typically work in an office environment
    • Must be able to work overtime and /or weekends as needed
    • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs
$35.20 - $52.80 an hour
This is the lowest to highest compensation range 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 compensation 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. 
In addition to salary and equity, we offer:
- Low cost medical, dental, and vision insurance plans
- Company paid life insurance LTD coverage
- 4% 401k match
- Student loan repayment assistance program 
- Paid parental leave
- Family planning assistance program
- Company paid financial wellness program
- Flexible vacation policy for exempt employees
- Relocation bonus offered to qualified candidates
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, U.S. permanent residents, individuals granted U.S. asylum status, or individuals admitted in U.S. refugee status) 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.