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Structures Test Engineer

Stoke Space

Stoke Space

Quality Assurance
Kent, WA, USA
Posted on Monday, December 11, 2023

A thriving economy in space is needed to make life on Earth more vibrant, sustainable, and equitable. Space technology will enable global access to information, solutions to climate change, answers to global food security, products that transform healthcare, clean energy production, and more. Today, rocket launch options are slow, expensive, and unreliable. Stoke is building the world’s most efficient fully and rapidly reusable rocket designed to fly daily that will radically increase access to space and open up the space economy to safeguard our precious home, Earth.


Fully reusable launch vehicles are the key to seamlessly connecting Earth and space. As a structural test engineer at Stoke, you will own the design, analysis, build, and commissioning of the stands used to test and qualify vehicle structures. This will include requirement definition, site selection, structural design per civil standards, management of project timeline and procurement, and stand activation. You will work very closely with the structural and mechanisms vehicle engineering team and may be tasked with designing other structural and mechanism components for the Nova launch vehicle. You will be expected to fully understand and support your hardware from blank sheet design through stand activation and updates.


  • Exceptional command of fundamentals
  • Demonstrated experience working on one or more development projects through the full lifecycle, from concept through sustained operations, on an aerospace or similar high-performance product
  • Proficiency with CAD software (NX preferred) and analysis software (ANSYS preferred)
  • Ability to determine appropriate level of work for a problem (from hand calcs to multi-physics finite element solutions) and execute the work accordingly
  • Familiarity with launch vehicle design desired (cryogenic propellant familiarity preferred)
  • Familiarity with large structural test stands, their design, analysis, manufacturing, and operations
  • Familiarity with civil structural codes and requirements [PE not required]
  • Ability to lead
  • Ability to follow
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering


  • Define the structural and mechanical design of the structures test stands.
  • Define the CONOPs for how these stands will be used.
  • Analyze the primary structure test stand and write margin summaries. May involve developing loads or load cases.
  • Procure and manage all hardware for components and structures that you own
  • Work side-by-side with manufacturing & test engineers to build and commission the stand
  • Work side-by-side with vehicle engineers to develop and execute test plans
  • Support other structural and mechanical design and analysis projects on the Nova launch vehicle
  • Track and disposition non-conformances for structural hardware
  • Manage the budget and schedule for the structural components that you own


  • Medical, dental, vision and basic life insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Paid time off
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Equity


Target Levels:

  • Level 2 Range: $96,700 - $145,100
  • Level 3 Range: $120,900 - $181,300
  • Level 4 Range: $147,700 - $221,600

Our job posts are intentionally written to attract a wide variety of experience levels, and we make decisions about the right fit on a per-candidate basis.

Your actual level and base salary will be decided based on your specific experience and skill level.

Equal Opportunity

The Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer, including with respect to disability and veteran status. It is committed to compliance with all equal opportunity laws, including the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and Title VII. It does not discriminate on the basis of nationality, race, citizenship, immigration status, or any other protected class when it comes to employment practices, including hiring.

Employment at the Company is contingent upon satisfactory completion of reference and background checks, and on your ability to prove your identity and authorization to work in the U.S. for the Company. Employees must comply with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services employment verification requirements, and, therefore, they must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9 at the start of employment and re-verify authorization to work periodically.

Separate from this I-9 process, this position entails access to certain technology and technical data that is restricted under U.S. export control laws and regulations. Employment or continued employment may be conditioned on your legal authorization to work with or have access to export control materials as necessary to perform your job.