Ground Systems Test Engineer

  • mechatronics
  • The Hague, Netherlands

Ground Systems Test Engineer

Job description

We’re currently looking for a Ground Systems Test Engineer to join our team!

Our planet’s survival depends on a sustainable energy future. Existing technologies create progress towards this goal, but to accelerate the energy transition we must unlock additional sustainable energy sources. Ampyx Power is developing an Airborne Wind Energy System (AWES) that can access powerful wind at high altitude using tethered unmanned aircraft

Do you want to use your unique skills to help us in developing pioneering sustainable energy technology? Join us, and be part of our adventure!

Introducing our team and culture

We believe that a diversity of perspectives, ideas, cultures, and common passion to make a difference is needed to develop our pioneering technology. Today we have a team of over 50 highly skilled professionals with more than 20 nationalities working from The Hague and Melbourne. We will be opening another office in Ireland in the near future. Most of our employees have a university degree and several employees have PhD background. We have a socially open atmosphere in our company, placing value on trust. We think in terms of solutions rather than problems. We challenge each other and act decisively in our day-to-day work. Everyone's input is valuable and we work with clear deadlines and objectives. This way of working has helped us to make significant steps in our airborne technology development over the past 10 years.

What are you going to do?

We work in teams to meet our milestones. These are examples of the teams that we have: the Flight Algorithms Team, the Electronics Team, the Aircraft Design Team, the Software Team, the Flight Operations Team, etc. This vacancy is within our Mechatronics team, a group of 8 experienced Mechatronics Engineers developing automated machines for power generation and launch & land operations.

As a member of the Mechatronics team, you will be involved in the development (design, integration, testing) of our ground based systems used for the energy conversion and automation of the platform mechanisms. In your role you will support the development of the current 3rd generation power generator unit and platform (AP-3) which are scheduled to fly in the second half of 2021, gaining insights on the state-of-the-art in AWE ground systems performance and scalability.

In particular you may initially be working on :

  • Supporting the integration, testing, operation and maintenance of automated mechanisms
  • Integration and test of the energy conversion system and winch mechanisms
  • Supporting the implementation of the automation software of the ground station (platform) mechanisms


What do we need from you to complement the team?

You have an Engineering degree within the realm of mechatronics with 5-8 years of experience in the design and development of complex systems including electrical, mechanical and automation aspects.

Ideally you:

  • Are a team player;
  • Are proactive and you take ownership;
  • Like to learn new skills;
  • Adhere to processes and help improving them;
  • Report in a precise and concise manner;
  • Good at writing technical documentation.
  • As you will be part of an international team, you are proficient in English (speaking and writing).
  • Willing to travel between The Netherlands and Ireland

We’d also like you to have extensive knowledge of:

  • Electrical power systems: frequency drives, active front ends, storage.
  • Hardware commonly used in machine automation such as PLC's, motor encoders and other sensors (including hardware commonly found in electrical cabinets such as relays, contactors, switches, fuses)
  • PLC's software (mostly nice to have, but at least experience in interacting with PLCs for retrieving fault codes, data-logging, etc)
  • Operation, troubleshooting and maintenance of large, complex mechanisms

Not a must-have, but we’d very much welcome the following experiences:

  • Electrical drawings and electrical equipment
  • PLC programming languages
  • Industrial automation hardware (Beckhoff + CODESYS)
  • VCA and NEN 3140 certificates
  • 3D CAD software (e.g. Solidworks)
  • Experience with MATLAB / Simulink

What do we have to offer?

We offer you an opportunity to contribute to a sustainable energy future. You will be working on a unique innovation using state-of-the-art technologies in an international team of enthusiastic professionals. Together, we will be launching our Airborne Wind Energy technology on the market in the next few years.

You can look forward to:

  • A competitive salary between €3000,- and € 4500,- adjustable to your talent, knowledge and experience;
  • A personalized work-life balance;
  • Flexible working hours;
  • 30 leave days every year.
  • Excellent opportunities for growth via our personal development plan.
  • Excellent opportunities to take initiative and responsibility;
  • Working together with a team of professionals of top international status;
  • Shares in the company as all employees are shareholder;

Where can you find us?

Ampyx Power is located in The Netherlands in the center of The Hague, a ten-minute walk from the Den Haag Hollands Spoor railway station. Our office in The Hague is also easily accessible for candidates from, for example, Utrecht, Amsterdam, Delft, Zoetermeer, Leiden, Rotterdam, Dordrecht and Haarlem. If you have questions about the company or processes, please send an email to If you have more specific, technical questions, please contact Marcos Paz on the following address:

Final request

As we are looking for a Ground Systems Test Engineer with the right skills, we would like to ask you to send us the following documents with your application:

  • A CV, written in English;
  • A motivation letter, written in English;

After a successful first interview, we would ask you to complete our mechatronics competence assignment meant to assess your skills and experience. If we first need to sign a NDA, please state it in the application form.

Agency calls are not appreciated.