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Draper Principal Systems and Test Engineer in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit

Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now

Equal Employment Opportunity

Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

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  • The candidate may be required to evaluate components and subsystems comprised of hardware and software elements to ensure their readiness for system-level integration, verification and validation.

  • Collaborate with Systems Engineering for system level and derived requirements review and generation.

  • Conception of Program master test and analysis plan for the lifecycle of the product.

  • Performance and requirements validation (tests, analyses, demonstrations) will be planned and executed to established schedules and budgets.

  • The candidate will work with and may lead other team members in the integration and performance assessment of modules, prepare Test Readiness Reviews (TRRs) and supporting data analysis, along with conducting Test Data Reviews (TDRs).

  • Key job elements include problem identification and resolution, planning and execution of tests using dynamic test equipment including vibration tables, centrifuges, rate tables, vacuum and thermal chambers, and communicating regular status reports to


  • The ability to work and succeed within a process-oriented setting is critical, as is the ability to thoroughly document and communicate one’s work to a technical audience.

Required Qualifications:

  • Engineer with 10+ years’ experience with bachelor of science in EE, ME, CE/CS or Physics (MS preferred).

  • Background in development of unique hardware test capabilities and methodologies.

  • The ideal candidate will be self-motivated and capable of working at a high technical level with minimal supervision.

  • Ability to lead a project team and execute project tasks on time at high quality.

  • Excellent communication, collaborative, and interpersonal skills are required working in a process oriented environment complying with procedures.

  • The ability to document designs, simulations and test results for distribution and present to a technical audience. A technical background in GN&C systems and experience designing or evaluating inertial instruments or inertial systems.

  • Ability to Document activities such as test plans, procedures, configuration and test results.

  • Proficiency in MBSE/SYSML, MATLAB, SIMULINK, LabVIEW, Solid Works or similar modeling tools.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in any of the following areas would be a plus:

  • Vibration and shock, heat transfer, signal processing, data acquisition and

analysis, control theory, system error modeling, inertial system modeling and test, integration and test of HW and SW elements.

  • Commercial test instrumentation (power supplies, meters, etc.), and electronics-based components and subassemblies (breadboard HW, etc.).

  • Security Requirement:

  • Secret Clearance required

ID: 2022-5739

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc