Electrical Systems Test Engineer

Sunnyvale, California /
Engineering /
We’re seeking an experienced Electrical Systems Test Engineer with avionics experience to help us build a ‘lighter than air’ flight vehicle in Sunnyvale, CA. This position will serve as the lead test engineer responsible for electrical and avionics ground and flight test support, leading a team of engineers and technicians in bringing revolutionary airships to life. We believe in fast-cycle research and development, with the motto “build a little, test a little, learn a lot.”  The candidate must be able to understand existing systems and their implementation, then architect test strategy and tools to ensure solid deliverables for internal and external customers.


    • Drive the integration and test effort for the avionics and electrical airship systems as the test plan architect
    • Work with system/software/hardware engineers to understand system requirements and limitation to see through what needs to be tested to build a comprehensive test plan
    • Prioritize test effort and development as our deliverable plans may be adjusted
    • Proactively learn our system design and implementation to drive test effort along with each milestone
    • Design and deploy test infrastructure spanning all electronics in our vehicle from flight computers to battery management systems
    • Develop a deep understanding of electronic components under test, becoming a subject matter expert in the device behavior under a range of environmental and system conditions
    • Coordinate cross-functional teams and external vendors to deploy high-quality test system deliverables in a timely manner
    • Drive end-to-end test campaigns from design validation through to qualification, production automation, and pre-flight testing
    • Triage and root-cause failures, using data analysis, test heritage, correlation to operating conditions, and one-off test campaigns
    • Develop automation software scripts to streamline design and production testing
    • Collect and collate test data, and document within technical reports
    • Draw conclusions from test data and communicate outcomes to the team
    • Develop quality processes for internally developed test procedures
    • Train technicians and other engineers on the proper application of test procedures as needed
    • Supporting all other engineering division/department tasks as required


    • BS in Computer/Software/Electrical/Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering or related technical field
    • Experience in an embedded development environment
    • Experience in testing SW on HW devices
    • Experience in triaging HW issues
    • Experience in profiling and benchmarking
    • Experience with regression testing Experience in C/C++ programming
    • Solid logical and critical thinking Good communication skills and ability to work within and across teams
    • Experience with LabVIEW and MATLAB Simulink
    • Understanding of electronics and electrical manufacturing processes (harnesses, component boards, etc.)
    • Attention to detail
    • Team player
    • Organizational skills

Preferred Qualifications

    • Experience using electrical testing equipment on high voltage/high power systems
    • Experience using CAD tools (SolidWorks, CATIA, associated PDM, etc.)
    • Aviation industry background
    • Experience in test-in-loop development (SIL, HIL, PIL)
    • Experience with Python and shell scripting development
    • Experience qualifying components and subsystems, and developing test plans for aerospace applications
    • Experience designing fixtures for different test specimens

Physical Requirements

    • Lift and carry up to 25 pounds

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.