Posted: Thursday, 15 June 2017
Work type: Volunteer
Hours required: 10 hours per week (on average)
Location: 333 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3004

Position title:  Avionics Test Engineer

Supervision & support: 

Team: Flight Systems
Report to: Flight Systems Team Lead
Department: Engineering

Key responsibilities: 

The Flight Systems team is responsible for controlling the orientation of the spacecraft and monitoring the health of the other spacecraft systems.

As an Avionics Test Engineer, you will assist with designing and executing test procedures for all of the Attitude Determination and Control (ADCS) and Health Sensor components and systems.

We are currently in the early stages of prototyping our designs, and a rigorous test program is needed to evaluate and update our designs to make them space-ready. This test program will include:

  • functionality testing of electronics, sensor fusion algorithms and control systems
  • stress testing of hardware and software
  • thermal profile analysis with a thermal camera
  • vibration testing of hardware
  • thermo-vac testing of hardware involving thermal cycling inside a vacuum chamber

Our final build will be sent to ANU for space qualification testing at their state-of-the-art facilities, before being launched into orbit early next year.

The successful applicant will have opportunities to expand the scope of the role to encompass integration testing between Flight Systems and other teams, and possibly coordination of larger testing programs.


This role would suit a Master of Engineering (Electrical, Mechatronics) applicant looking to apply their knowledge in a practical way.

Skills & Experience:

  • Previous project experience with a testing component
  • Experience with electronics testing is highly desirable
  • Organised and able to meet deadlines
  • Competent verbal and written communication
  • Can demonstrate knowledge/experience similar to that of the following subjects: 
    – Foundations of Electrical Networks
    – Electronic Systems Implementation

Performance goals: 

  • Attend all team meetings as well as other departmental and organisational-wide meetings when required
  • Work with fellow MSP volunteers and other stakeholders in a professional manner at all times
  • Demonstrate continued capability to work individually as well as contribute to team work and discussion
  • Contribute to the development of MSP through dedication and commitment to its work and its organisational culture
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and interest in learning more, and developing and mastering personal and professional skills

Benefits to the volunteer:

  • The Melbourne Space Program strives to support and encourage the personal and professional development of all its volunteers.
  • Supplement your university studies with hands-on experience that will help you hone existing technical abilities and gain new skills.
  • Gain experience working in a professional environment, with the opportunity to cultivate soft skills needed to excel in any field of work.
  • Gain confidence in your ability to work effectively in a team.
  • Challenge yourself to achieve personal and professional goals.
  • Meet people who are just as passionate and ambitious as you are.
  • Make a difference – this is the opportunity to be a part of a friendly and dedicated team working to build a nano-satellite, inspire and engage Australians, and support a strong aerospace sector!

To apply, please submit a cover letter (optional) and your CV here. Questions regarding this role may be directed to