Mechanical AIV / AIT Engineering (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Serco Europe [9875]

Field(s) of expertise
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Job type

About this job

Serco is a leading Space Services Provider with thousands of skilled resources that has supported over 50 space missions on behalf of more than 10 Space or Government agencies around the globe, including the ESA and NASA.

Serco offers space capability across the full space lifecycle from satellite testing to Launch services, LEOP to spacecraft operations, space surveillance to data management, and supporting downstream application development. With over 55 years history in the space sector Serco is well placed to contribute to National strategies and New Space ventures who want to scale their businesses/organizations with skilled talent.

On behalf of our client, the European Space Agency, we are looking for a skilled Mechanical AIV / AIT Engineering to join our team at the esteemed ESA-ESTEC site, in the Netherlands. Step into a remarkable role that grants you access to one of the globe’s highly coveted space agencies!


As a Mechanical AIV / AIT Engineering you will concentrate your activities on the following:

wrt Satellite AIT tasks:

  • Supporting activities with respect to integration, test and launch campaigns definition, preparation and follow-on.

wrt Instrument AIT assignment:

  • Supporting integration, alignment, thermo-mechanical testing, calibration and characterization of complex opto-mechanical systems in ambient and TVAC conditions.
  • You will work in close cooperation with Satellite Engineering, AIT/AIV and Payload Managers on Project side, providing support with respect to all AIT-related aspects, including assessment of AIT scheduleand associated risks, support to project reviews, GSE procurement, preparation and monitoring of integration, alignment and verification test campaigns in line with required AIV and AIT technical competences.


  • Minimum of 5 years of experience with Satellite or Instrument AIT/AIV.
  • Master’s degree with relevant experience.
  • Proven experience with Assembly, Integration and Test activities definition, implementation and evaluation at satellite system or subsystem levels.
  • Specific experience with complex satellite systems or specific experience with opto-mechanical payloads, together with associated alignment concepts and GSE, will be considered an asset.
  • Sound knowledge of satellite qualification and acceptance testing.
  • Experience with active monitoring and support to industrial AIT activities, including problems troubleshooting and resolution.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Availability to support missions abroad as requested by Projects.
  • Specific experience with complex satellite systems and/or alignment of optomechanical systems will be considered a strong asset.
  • 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.



Within Serco we believe there is a place here for everyone. Diversity & Inclusion at Serco is based on a culture where every voice is heard, and every employee feels valued. Working together as one team, we can enhance the experience of our people and teams, improve the value of our solutions to better serve the missions of our customers, and make a difference in our world. We are enthusiastic and passionate about our work which is infectious. We allow our employees to take responsibility for their work and promote a positive working culture.


What we offer:

  • Competitive Salary.
  • Comprehensive package of benefits offered by the company.
  • Assistance with relocation can be provided, details available upon request.
  • Engaging company events to foster team spirit.
  • Reimbursement of public transport expenses.
  • Access to a variety of sports and recreational activities at ESTEC Escape Recreation Centre.
  • Company contribution towards a pension scheme.

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