Mechanical AIV Engineer (ESA-ESTEC)


Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Sapienza Consulting [MXC875]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering
Job type

About this job

Sapienza Consulting a Serco Company is recruiting a Mechanical AIV Engineer for Sapienza to work on our Customers Site (ESA-ESTEC).

Sapienza has been a partner of ESA for almost 30 years, and we pride ourselves in supporting a wide range of missions including Galileo, MTG, Copernicus and ExoMars. Our team is international with activities across the U.K., the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.


  • Provide technical support for preparation, implementation and evaluation of AIT and AIV activities on assigned Project(s), in close cooperation with AIV/AIT Manager and Project team.
  • Ensure active monitoring and support to industrial AIT activities, including problems troubleshooting and resolution.
  • Perform AIT schedule assessment, analyzing associated risks and potential work-around, providing early warnings on major problem areas and ensuring that appropriate mitigation actions are identified and implemented.
  • Provide support to preparation, organization and execution of environmental test campaigns and launch campaigns.
  • Support AIT reviews (DRBs, IRRs, TRRs, PTRs, NCRs, TRBs, etc.).
  • Participate to Project(s) reviews (PDR, CDR, QAR, FAR, LTS, etc.).
  • Support feasibility studies and reviews in the Concurrent Design Facility at ESTEC, specifically with respect to ‘AIV, AIT and Programmatics’ domain.
  • Act as team player within assigned Project(s) and TEC Section, contributing to knowledge transfer across the Agency.
  • Availability to support missions abroad is required, in line with needs of the assigned Project(s); along limited periods, on-call support in 24/7 shift with other team members might be required during the test campaign such as TVAC.


  • Master’s degree with relevant experience.
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in space domain, with experience in development and qualification of space hardware and sound knowledge of satellite qualification and acceptance testing.
  • Proven experience with satellite system and/or payload AIT activities preparation, implementation and evaluation, including relevant procedures and processes.
  • Experience in management and monitoring of industrial activities.
  • Knowledge and experience with GSE (MGSE/EGSE/FGSE/OGSE).
  • Focus on system level activities and thermo-mechanical domain, experience with functional testing will be considered an asset.
  • Experience with payloads activities or satellite constellations will be considered an asset.
  • Team spirit and teamwork experience in space related projects.
  • Comfortable with working in a diverse and multinational team environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are needed, together with a high degree organizational and communication abilities.
  • Proficient in the English language, both written and spoken.
  • Knowledge of another EU member state language is an asset.
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU.

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