Test Engineer

Mountain View, California /
Engineering – Test /
We are an aerospace R&D company building experimental and certified airships. We are developing and manufacturing advanced technologies to dramatically increase the capabilities and lower the cost of 21st-century airships.
LTA’s airships will have the ability to complement and even accelerate humanitarian disaster response and relief efforts, especially in remote areas that cannot be easily accessed by plane and boat due to limited or destroyed infrastructure. We ultimately aim to create a family of aircraft with zero emissions that would substantially reduce the global carbon footprint of aviation when used for shipping goods and moving people.


    • The Test Engineer roles shall support engineers and scientists to test and improve processes, materials, components, and systems. The test engineer should be comfortable presenting findings in a written and verbal manner. They should have flexibility to new situations, attention to detail, an unbiased approach to tests, and quick thinking in dynamic environments.
    • Own entire test lifecycle including, but not limited to, test plans, readiness-reviews, and reports for functional, environmental, material, and reliability testing of airships
    • Design, fabricate, and operate test equipment as required to execute test campaigns
    • Drive end-to-end mechanical design of stand-alone functional test systems
    • Provide original and detailed technical solutions to a wide range of difficult problems
    • Develop test scripts, data acquisition and measurement systems, test fixtures, and data depository to support prototype and production testing
    • Work closely with other departments to develop roadmaps for validation and verification
    • Engage with design engineers at early stages of development to perform exploratory testing and trade studies
    • Analyze test results, work with design teams to identify test failure root cause, implement and verify corrective actions and solution effectiveness
    • Leverage commercial solutions and devices as required to minimize test development timeframe
    • Lead technicians and engineers to successfully complete cross-functional test campaigns
    • Engage in mentoring and training of other personnel
    • Support all other test engineering division/department tasks as required


    • B.S. in Mechanical, Aerospace, Physics, Systems Engineering, or related technical field
    • 3+ years’ experience in mechanical test or design engineering role
    • Knowledge of mechanical, aerospace, and electrical test theory, practices, equipment
    • Understanding of the principles, concepts, and methods of systems engineering
    • Experience leading teams of technicians and engineers to complete complex technical projects
    • Excellent verbal, written, and graphical communication skills
    • Ability to work collaboratively in a fast paced, dynamic work environment
    • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to a culture of inclusion and innovation
    • Experience with modeling software such as Solidworks, NX, Creo, etc.
    • Experience with analytical tools such as Python, JMP, R, Excel, etc.
    • Experience with organizational tools such as Wrike, Asana, JIRA, Confluence, DOORS, Cameo, etc.

Bonus Qualifications

    • Experience with National Instruments and LabVIEW
    • Experience with universal testing machines
    • Experience with aerospace standards (ASTM, FAA, NASA, DOD, etc.)
    • Familiarity with ASME Y14.5 GD&T and comfort in drafting engineering drawings
    • Familiarity with data management applications (SolidWorks PDM preferred)

What We Offer!

    • An opportunity to change the world and work with some of the smartest and the most talented experts from different fields
    • Growth potential
    • Excellent medical, dental, and vision insurance through a PPO plan
    • Parental leave
    • Flexible time off
    • Paid holidays
    • 401(k) matching 
    • Commuter benefits
    • Lunch and snacks provided
    • Wellness Stipend
    • Education Stipend 

Compliance Requirements

    • Background check clearance
    • Drug test clearance wherever applicable
    • Fully vaccinated against COVID
LTA Research & Exploration welcomes all candidates to apply including those with limited experience. We understand that candidates with a growth mindset and passion for working on the next chapter in aviation advancement can outweigh experience alone. We celebrate diverse origins and journeys and understand their importance in developing new technology. Rooted in our humanitarian mission, we want to serve the entire globe and have a team that represents those we wish to serve.

Lighter Than Air is an equal opportunity employer. All applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other discriminatory factors prohibited by law.