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Engineering Technician III (Contract)

  •  Posted 30+ Days Ago
  •   Full time
  •  Louisville, CO
  •  R0014512

The Engineering Technician at Sierra Space will work day to day on Space Flight Hardware throughout the plant. Programs may include electromechanical components for commercial and Department of Defense satellite systems, Planetary Exploration Systems such as the Mars 2020 Rover, International Space Station and the full system integration, test and launch operations of the Sierra Space Dream Chaser Cargo System. Because of this fluid yet disciplined work environment, Engineering Technicians must have a high degree of both technical competency, written and verbal communication skills, and be comfortable working in groups or independently in order to develop prototypes and collaborate with engineers, troubleshoot, document and put explicit plans into action on Space Flight assemblies, ground support equipment and test configurations. Engineering Technicians then must be able to analyze test results and data and provide sound recommendations to the engineering staff. Our ideal candidates are excellent communicators, problem solvers, and possess sound interpersonal and decision making skills. Computer proficiency is mandatory with experience in Microsoft Office suite.

SNC’s subsidiary, Sierra Space, based in Louisville, Colorado with operations in Madison, Wisconsin and Durham, North Carolina, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, satellites, propulsion and environmental systems, spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. government (including NASA), commercial customers and international organizations. Learn more about Sierra Space


Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Ability to assemble basic to complex cables and harnessing, including crimping, stripping and testing.

  • Responsible for validation of test cables and break-out boxes

  • Ability to maintain a current certification in the IPC/WHMA-A-620 (Requirements and Acceptance for Cable and Wire Harness Assemblies).

  • Ability to work with various test equipment including DMMs, Hi-Pot testers, power supplies and others

  • Ability to understand standard documentation packages including assembly drawings and schematics

  • Ability to work with small delicate hardware under magnification

  • Ability to work in an ESD sensitive environment

  • Maintaining several required certifications

  • Understands, plans and executes testing and troubleshooting activities in accordance with SNC policies, procedures, work instructions and specific customer requirements

  • Completes parts lists, checks drawings, generates and processes engineering/document change requests, notices, and/or orders and other general engineer tasking with direction from Engineers

  • Utilizes standard manufacturing tools including: torque wrenches, calipers, heat guns, scales etc.


  • Knowledge of interface and design documentation such as Functional block diagrams PCB design, layout, and fabrication documentation skills. 

  • Has experience with soldering, including splices and solder cups.

  • Has experience working in an aerospace manufacturing environment. 

  • Has experience working in an ESD sensitive environment

  • Experience dealing with clients and some business development skills a plus

  • Experience in NASA 8739.4 can be a substitute for IPC/WHMA-A-620. 


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.

With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station.  Please visit to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.