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Payload Design Test Engineer/Analyst

Position Overview:

The principal test engineer in this position will support the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Interceptor and Kill Vehicle Office (GMG) in Huntsville, Al.  The principal Test engineer will directly support the Kill Vehicle payload Integrated Product Team Lead and will work as part of an Integrated Test Engineering Team supporting kill vehicle development, test and delivery activities. The systems engineer will provide support and coordination of Prime Contractor/Government activities required to develop, test and deliver a desired capability in accordance with the Top Level Requirements (TLR) and the statement of Work (SOW).


  • Apply critical thinking analytical/engineering skills and problem-solving methodology to assigned tasks, to identify the problem, determine courses of action, develop paths ahead for task completion, and formulate recommendations to the Customer, status, and follow-up on task completion.
  • Review contract developer design review objective evidence.
  • Review and coordinate reviews of plans and procedures to verify requirements.
  • Review test plans and test procedures for electronic and mechanical systems.
  • Knowledge of MIL standards is a plus, especially MIL-STD-810, MIL-STD-883, and MIL-STD-461.
  • Knowledge of Systems Engineering and Test principles and applications.
  • Review and provide comments on contract data requirements deliverables from the interceptor developer.
  • Review test equipment designs and provide comments to the designs based on test equipment requirements specifications.
  • Witness verification events and provide daily status to kill vehicle leadership.
  • Review Payload schedules and plans and provide comments to schedules and plans.
  • Assist in the development of briefings, papers, and other correspondence.
  • Work collaboratively with government and industry to develop and maintain a stable, consistent, and verifiable technical baseline up and down the requirements specification tree.
  • Support government and industry Requirement and Verification Working Groups to ensure kill vehicle requirements are verified.
  • Prepare briefings, reports, and meeting summaries, including recommendations for corrective actions with ability to work in a team environment to accomplish tasks
  • Support the Government by representing the interests of the Customer in working group forums, Technical Interchange Meetings (TIMs), and any other forums required by the customer

Education, Experience, and Qualifications:

  • At least 7 years of related experience; experience in MDA is desired but not mandatory
  • Capable of performing as a member of a team and assisting with solving complex problems
  • Proficient in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Self-starter with enthusiasm and capacity to learn in a fast-paced environment
  • BS in engineering, preferably EE, ME, or Aerospace. Or technical degree and 5 years relevant experience
  • Knowledge of DOORS preferred but not required
  • Exceptional written and verbal skills required
  • Secret clearance required
  • Travel as required to support oversight, meetings, reviews, etc. Travel around 25% but can be as much as 50% at times.
Must be eligible to obtain and maintain, or currently possess Secret clearance.

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