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Functional AIT Engineer

Date: 21-Jul-2021

Location: Antwerp, Antwerp, BE

Company: QinetiQ

From our sites in Belgium and the UK, QinetiQ enables the most demanding space missions. As one of the largest and most respected global science and technology organisations, we are constantly breaking new ground in the application of cutting-edge technology in the space sector. We deliver pioneering solutions and are successfully transferring our expertise into pushing the boundaries of space. Why don’t you team up with us and help us seize the opportunities of tomorrow?



Job description

As a Satellite Functional Assembly, Integration, and Test (AIT) Engineer you would be responsible for the preparation, execution, and reporting of the functional testing of a complex satellite project. You would have to understand the different satellite subsystems and have experience testing GNC units and GNC software elaborately.


You would have to take care of the environmental test campaign with the flight satellite and of the launch campaign, requiring significant travelling for several weeks. You would also have to look beyond the AIT role by being involved in operation preparations and flight and ground software follow-ups.


You would have to be ready to support the launch as an operator and perform commissioning activities, while handing over the satellite to our customer, and provide in-orbit support after launch.



Desired skills/experience/knowledge

  • Master’s degree in engineering.
  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience in satellite testing is an important asset.
  • Strong background in GNC testing -including hardware-in-the-loop testing- and in unit and satellite level testing.
  • You can translate a test plan into a detailed step-by-step procedure.
  • You are creative in finding ways to cover the requirements verification by specific testing in an environment with limited GSE and check-out equipment.
  • You can follow a step-by-step procedure, but also have the creativity to perform elaborate debugging of issues.
  • You like to make work more efficient by continuously look to automate routine tasks in scripts and flight operations procedures.
  • You can report complete and structured in a test report.
  • You have experience in scripting (TCL/TOPE is preferred, but not required).
  • You have experience with SCOS-2000 mission control software (or similar).
  • You know Linux and can easily find your way in its shell/terminal.
  • You are aware of the PUS services and understand how to use them to operate a satellite.
  • You can work with an oscilloscope and spectrum analyser (preferred, but not required).
  • Fluency in English is an absolute must.
  • We expect you to be a pro-active, creative, enthusiastic, and result-oriented team player with a broad view who is looking forward to learn all operational details.