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Test Engineer III



Quality Assurance
van horn, tx, usa
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention toward safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

As part of a hardworking team of diverse specialists, technicians, and test operations engineers, you will work on the design, development, construction, operation, and maintenance of liquid rocket engine test facilities for various spaceflight systems. You will contribute to the team’s progress by participating in all aspects of hands-on engineering and project management.

This position is based in Van Horn, TX; working at the Extreme Engine Experiment (XEEx) test stand, home of our orbital-class, reusable BE-4 rocket engine. Being at the heart of Blue Origin operations, the West Texas Site offers eligible employees additional attractive financial incentives to supplement their competitive base earnings, including a living allowance and relocation assistance, etc.

In short, we are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality and operational excellence to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required and essential for success!


  • Design, construct, operate, and maintain test facilities to support the development and production of liquid rocket engines

  • Generate and execute test procedures involving high-pressure inert and non-inert gas systems and cryogenic fluid systems

  • Review and interpret test data to assess facility health and performance both at the system and component level

  • Specify and procure components and materials; manage vendors and subcontractors

  • Plan and execute facility maintenance and construction of new facility capabilities

  • Contribute to schedule, configuration, quality, cost, and process safety management

  • Identify opportunities for continuous improvements to promote workplace safety, meet demanding schedules, and secure cost savings.


  • BS degree in engineering or related field

  • Strong background in fluid dynamics and thermodynamics

  • Strong project management, team leadership, and interpersonal skills

  • Strong technical and non-technical writing and verbal skills

  • Desire to take ownership of projects

  • 5 - 15+ years of experience in rocket engine testing

  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and strengthen our culture of inclusion

  • Ability to lead, mentor, and train other test engineers

  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum and eligible to gain access to Redstone Arsenal.

  • Shift work and extra hours as needed


  • Experience in liquid rocket engine test stand design, operation, and maintenance of:

    • Pressurized Gas Systems

    • Cryogenic Fluid Systems, specifically LH2, LOX, LNG, and LN2

    • Instrumentation or DAC systems

    • Liquid rocket propulsion systems

  • Technical expertise in component and system-level testing of propulsion and spaceflight hardware through the development, qualification, and acceptance of test campaigns

  • Expertise in the following:

    • Working with technicians to perform work on test facilities, handle test articles, and lead test operations

    • Performing process hazard and root cause analyses

    • Sizing, selecting, and troubleshooting fluid system components and instrumentation

    • Operating, troubleshooting, and writing software for data acquisition and control systems

  • Familiar with the following software:

    • LabVIEW

    • AutoCAD P&ID

    • Winplot

    • Windchill

    • Creo

  • Knowledge of fabrication and integration processes, systems engineering, and quality control practices

Physical Requirements:

  • Test Operations is a physically active, all four (4) seasons role with both indoor and outdoor work requirements, including rain, wind, cold, heat, & humidity.

  • In addition to outside elements, this role requires:

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.

  • Ability to climb multiple flights of stairs

  • Ability to work at heights

Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.

Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Washington Fair Chance Act, Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws.

Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation

Applicants wishing to receive information on Blue Origin’s Affirmative Action Plans, or applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application and/or interview process, please contact us at


Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave (must be employed at time of birth or adoption), short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program available after 1 year of service.

Paid Time Off: Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays for all regular employees (including part-time), fixed-term, and interns.

Discretionary bonus: Employees may be eligible for discretionary bonuses in addition to base pay. Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.