Senior flight test engineer (hardware)


Website Merlin

Do you enjoy hands-on testing at the cutting edge of aerospace technology? Do you enjoy fast paced problem solving? Are you self-motivated and have a critical eye for flight safety and flight test details? Do you love the idea of more widely proliferated and safer flying machines, accessible to all? If so, you might be a good fit for the hardware flight testing team at Merlin.


    • Design and execute ground and flight tests for Merlin’s hardware and integrated aircraft systems
    • Conduct subsystem and fully integrated vehicle testing, monitor real-time telemetry, perform flight data analysis, thoroughly document test results, and troubleshoot and triage issues
    • Develop and implement engineering flight test processes
    • Collaborate with other members of the engineering team to design and build test fixtures
    • Coordinate with multiple teams and liaise between engineering and flight test groups in support of flight test objectives
    • Maintain and create flight test operation documentation and test cards
    • This position requires at least 50% travel to Merlin’s integration / flight test facility in the Mojave area.


    • BS in Aerospace, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering or a related subject.
    • 5+ years direct experience with experimental flight test or a combination of equivalent formal training and experience.
    • Knowledge of basic concepts of aircraft avionics, electrical, and mechanical systems.
    • Enthusiastic willingness to do what needs to be done to help our flight test program succeed, including but not limited to: flying in small experimental airplanes, spending time on site in Mojave, CA during critical testing times, and learning new skills as necessary.
    • Exceptional written and verbal communication and organizational skills.


    • Experience with avionics systems product development, including testing and troubleshooting at the system level as well as at the component level.


    • Mojave, Denver
    • At least 50% travel to Merlin hangar in Mojave if not located in Mojave area

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