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Test Engineer III

Englewood CO Sierra Nevada Corporation

Do you have an eye for detail and enjoy working with amazing products and tools? Join us in championing and protecting explorers and heroes! As a Test Engineer at SNC, you will be using your skills and expertise to simulate, test, certify and improve cutting edge products and services. These cover a very wide range from advanced mission payloads and electronic systems through highly integrated aircraft to orbital and space exploration systems. You'll develop complex test plans and procedures for a variety of systems to ensure the verification and validation of all product requirements. You will also be involved with the execution of the tests using top industry tools. As a cross functional engineer, you'll test system and component level new products and develop new test processes throughout the product lifecycle.

The ideal Test Engineer III is someone who is excited to take their skills and experiences where they will have opportunities to take full ownership and responsibility of their work, and dig into challenging test efforts with a team of motivated engineers. They enjoy learning by doing and will plan and execute test for every innard of an aircraft equipped with the latest technological advancements. People who like to ask questions, get their hands dirty, and work with a variety of disciplines to solve complex problems thrive in this role. The Test Engineer is comfortable asking questions, but can operate autonomously in most situations.

The ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance), Aviation, and Security (IAS) business area is a leader in ISR and aviation, it is a leading prime manned and unmanned aircraft systems integrator for innovative, high-performance ISR and aviation systems. Its end-to-end Command, Control, Computers, Communications and Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities encompass design, integration, test, certification, ground/flight training and complete logistics support. IAS tailors solutions to customer cost, performance, and schedule requirements and designs to consistently exceed expectations – with an unrivaled record of on time and on (or under) budget deliveries. Learn more about IAS


Daily responsibilities include planning and coordinating test events, authoring test documents, executing test at the system level, troubleshooting systems, dispositioning discrepancies and nonconformances, contributing to design and readiness reviews, and anything else working with program and hangar personnel to integrate, test, and deliver missionized aircraft. Engineers can expect to participate in lab, ground, and flight testing on ISR programs. Higher level engineers can expect to contribute to the overall team goals and provide mentorship to junior engineers. Working with customers directly as well and SNC representatives in an offsite environment is required.


  • Bachelor's of Science degree in Engineering or other related discipline and typically 5 or more years of experience
  • Knowledge of engineering principles and practices
  • Experience working in multi-disciplinary design and development teams
  • Knowledge of requirements management, system design, and systems integration
  • Experience with planning, conducting and documenting Verification and Validation (V&V) activities
  • Maintain an FAA Class II Medical
  • Security Clearance
  • Obtain a CAC
  • Aerospace & Defense experience


  • Background/experience with FAA and/or military aviation or aerospace.
  • Strongly self-motivated, dependable, and quick to learn.
  • Flexible to shifting priorities and adaptable to design changes.
  • Prior technical knowledge/expertise of any of the following a plus: aircraft stability & handling, performance, radio and data link communication, GPS and INS systems, avionics, network system architectures.

At Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC) we deliver customer-focused technology and best-of-breed integrations in the aerospace and defense sectors. SNC has been honored as one of the most innovative U.S. companies in space, a Tier One Superior Supplier for the U.S. Air Force, and as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. Learn more about SNC

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $104,827.91 – $144,138.38

SNC offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 6%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.


To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.

At Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. SNC is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination.  Employment decisions are made without regarding to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, status as a protected veteran or other characteristics protected by law. Contributions to SNC come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.

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