Production Test Engineering Manager

Webster, Texas, United States

Full Time

22 days ago

Job description

Axiom Space is building for beyond, guided by the vision of a thriving home in space that benefits every human, everywhere. The leading provider of human spaceflight services and developer of human-rated space infrastructure, Axiom Space operates end-to-end missions to the International Space Station today while developing its successor, Axiom Station – a permanent commercial destination in low-Earth orbit that will sustain human growth off the planet and bring untold benefits back home. 


Axiom Space fosters a diverse environment inclusive of all perspectives. We are the pioneers of commercial space, leading the transformation of low-Earth orbit into a global space marketplace. Our mission-driven team is seeking a bold and dynamic Production Test Engineering Manager who is fueled by problem-solving, continuously curious, and driven to understand our world, science/technology, and life itself, for the benefit of all on Earth and beyond. 



  • Strategically manage the Production Test organization in fast-paced environment.
  • Lead, mentor, train and develop 10+ mechanical, electrical, and software engineers.
  • Actively manage subsystem schedules, staffing needs, budgets, and deliverables.
  • Team morale and culture management, including individual one-on-ones.
  • Conflict resolution and removal of impediments.
  • Performance management and establishment of annual objectives & key results (OKRs) for the Production Test team
  • Guide development of GSE functional test equipment to facilitate rapid qualification and acceptance testing of flight hardware.
  • Identify, troubleshoot, and resolve issues with existing test systems.
  • Lead test planning, risk assessments, safety and test readiness reviews.
  • Report to and support the Production Director.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Education & Experience


  • Required: Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or related field
  • Required: 10+ years’ experience in engineering or a similar role, or a combined equivalent of education and experience
  • Required: Experience in hiring and building a high performing team.
  • Required: Able to manage project scope and schedule.
  • Required: Ability to motivate and provide clear and concise direction to direct reports.
  • Required: Hands on experience building, testing and/or assembling ground support equipment for space flight applications.
  • Required: Experience with mechanical component and instrumentation selection for test systems.
  • Preferred: Experience with electrical integration of analog and digital components with data acquisition systems (cRIO, cDAQ, Labview).
  • Preferred: Experience with LabVIEW, MATLAB, Python, or other data acquisition and data reduction software(s).
  • Preferred: Experience with pressure system test stands and complex fluid systems, especially common industry fittings (ORB, JIC, AN, Swag, NPT, etc.).
  • Preferred: Experience troubleshooting real-time and finding solutions to mechanical and electrical problems
  • Preferred: Experience with hazard gasses in laboratory and test environments (oxygen, methane, carbon dioxide, etc.).
  • Preferred: Experience working with mechanical and electrical technicians


Essential Functions

Work Environment: Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on the task.



  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.
  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised.
  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.


Physical Requirements 

  • Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of the time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of the time).
  • Equipment and Machines
  • Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).



  • Excellent interpersonal skill
  • Excellent communication skill, verbal and written
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Result oriented personality with a creative approach to problem solving
  • Ability to work in a team environment
  • Self-motivated


Competencies: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Ethics - Treats people with respect; keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; works with integrity and principles; upholds organizational values
  • Problem Solving - Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; gathers and analyzes information skillfully; develops alternative solutions; works well in group problem solving situations; uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics
  • Organizational Support - Follows policies and procedures; completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization's goals and values; benefits organization through outside activities; supports affirmative action and respects diversity
  • Communications - Expresses ideas and thoughts verbally; expresses ideas and thoughts in written form; exhibits good listening and comprehension; keeps others adequately informed; selects and uses appropriate communication methods
  • Cost Consciousness - Works within approved budget; develops and implements cost saving measures; contributes to profits and revenue; conserves organizational resources
  • Teamwork - Eager and able to work in a collaborative and cross-disciplinary fashion in a fast-paced, dynamic, and deadline-oriented environment



Axiom Space is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  Axiom Space does not discriminate on the basis of race, regional color, national origin, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics.


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