Senior Launch & Test Technician

El Segundo, California
Engineering – Launch & Test /
Full-time /
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


Launch & Test Technicians touch everything from components to integrated engines to the fully integrated launch vehicle.  As a Sr. Launch & Test Technician, you will be responsible for helping build and maintain our test and launch sites and ground systems, as well as perform critical operations supporting test and launch campaigns. Time will be split between our test site in Mojave, CA and our multiple launch sites.  This role requires a hands-on individual with meticulous attention to detail and excellent interpersonal skills. 


    • Lead the build, maintain, and operate test and launch facility infrastructure, including propellant, high pressure, and cryogenic systems 
    • Work alongside engineers to execute procedures effectively to balance safety and mission 
    • Troubleshoot and perform maintenance on fluid, mechanical, and electrical systems 
    • Integration of key components and hardware, along with engine and vehicle checkouts 
    • Assist and support the development of the test & launch sites, test schedules, and launch campaigns 
    • Travel in excess of50% to ABL's sites in Mojave, Kodiak, Edwards AFB, VSFB, CCSFS, SaxaVord Spaceport, and beyond 


    • 6+ years of hands-on technical experience in launch operations, test, or R&D environment
    • High school diploma, GED equivalent


    • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
    • Leadership or mentorship experience in a test or R&D environment
    • Experience working with pressurization and cryogenic systems
    • Experience with hazardous Launch & Test operations
    • Proficiency with hand tools, lathes, drill presses, welding, electrical harnessing, forklifts and other light machinery
    • Ability to interpret plumbing and instrumentation diagrams (P&IDs)
    • Set-up, operation, and maintain all equipment use in fabrication of tubing assemblies
    • Experience flaring tubing
    • Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and manage time effectively
    • Ability to read and interpret work instructions and specifications accurately 
    • Ability to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced, challenging work environment 


    • Passion for space and a firm belief in the utility of simple and affordable access to space
    • Critical thinking:  ABL engineers understand the “why” behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes
    • Ability to deal with ambiguity: ABL engineers 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 stoop, bend, and crawl
    • Ability to lift 50+ lbs
    • Ability to work in extreme climates
    • Ability to use a computer to complete assignments
    • Ability to communicate with individuals and groups in person, by phone and telepresence
    • Must be willing to work all shifts and available for overtime as well as weekends when needed
    • Must be willing to travel to launch and test sites to support integration, test, and launch work (travel in excess of 50%)
$35.20 - $52.80 an hour
The hourly rate for this role is $35.20 - $52.80. 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. This job is also eligible for bonus pay. 
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, 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.