Principal Avionics Engineer - New Shepard Crew Capsule

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Phoenix, AZ, United States

Full Time

7 months ago

Job description

At Blue Origin, we envision millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. We’re working to develop reusable, safe, and low-cost space vehicles and systems within a culture of safety, collaboration, and inclusion. Join our diverse team of problem solvers as we add new chapters to the history of spaceflight!  

This role is a part of New Shepard, a reusable suborbital rocket system designed to take astronauts and research payloads past the Kármán line – the internationally recognized boundary of space. Through operational reusability, New Shepard supports our mission of lowering the cost of access to space.

As part of a diverse and hard-working team of engineers, you will design and develop avionics, power distribution, and related electrical systems for the New Shepard program. You will be responsible for these systems’ complete product life cycle from initial requirements through flight qualification, including design, manufacturing, test support, performing test data reviews, processing non-conforming hardware and writing technical reports. You will need to have a background in avionics design and system architecture to be successful. You will be reporting directly to the Crew Capsule Element Lead within the New Shepard business unit.

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!


  • Be responsible for all aspects of the Crew Capsule Avionics Systems.
  • Lead vehicle-level trade studies and avionics architecture decisions for the next generation of the New Shepard Crew Capsule.
  • Lead day-to-day activities of a team of designers and analysts to create solutions to complex problems. Evaluate solutions for challenges to integration or interface incompatibility.
  • Work with production organization to resolve challenges encountered during vehicle manufacturing.
  • Work with vehicle operations and maintenance teams to resolve challenges encountered on fielded vehicles and ensure operations and maintenance activities are conducted consistent with design intent.
  • Collaborate with the Avionics Technical Project Manager, develop and integrate project schedules, and analyze/optimize those schedules to meet deliveries for upgrades and new designs.
  • Take ownership of dependencies, including engineering, supply chain, and internal manufacturing deadlines as necessary to support end item delivery schedule.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in engineering (electrical or computer desired).
  • Domain professional in avionics and vehicle/system architecture through all phases of development.
  • Strong knowledge of entire avionics product/system from design, development, qualification, acceptance, and production.
  • Strong technical fundamentals.
  • Knowledge of computer aided design (CAD) software for electronics, mechanical, and harness development.
  • 15+ years of industry experience in a related field.
  • 8+ years proven ability guiding and mentoring less experienced engineers.
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to our inclusive culture.
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and strengthen our culture of inclusion.
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

In addition to the general qualifications above, you will have expertise in several of the following areas:

  • High-speed digital, analog, and/or mixed-signal circuit design, build, and troubleshooting, with a strong understanding of EE principles.
  • Battery-based power systems, including power management, power switching, charging, and battery safety.
  • Computer command and I/O control for complex industrial systems or vehicles.
  • RF communication subsystem and/or component design, with a strong background in RF principles.
  • Circuit analysis and simulation, such as worst-case circuit analysis, signal integrity analysis, and logic or P-Spice simulation.
  • Experience in grounding and general board layout principles, including EMI/EMC tradeoffs.
  • Design of data acquisition systems and familiarity with a variety of sensor technologies.
  • Background developing sophisticated circuit cards, consumer electronics, wireless devices, or other advanced electronic commercial or aerospace products.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • M.S. in engineering subject area or higher.
  • Experience with OrCAD, Zuken, Creo (Pro/E) Wildfire 5 or greater, Windchill 10.
  • Proven experience specifying and crafting high reliability safety-critical electronics; familiarity with IPC-A-600/610, DO-254 and similar standards.
  • Background with launch vehicle hardware development, integration, and test.
  • Experience developing embedded software or firmware for 32-bit microcontrollers, DSPs, and FPGAs.
  • Familiarity with project management toolsets including Integrated Master Schedules, Basis of Estimates, and Earned Value Management System (EVMS).

Inclusivity Statement

Don’t meet all desired requirements? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every desired qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.



Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave (must be employed at time of birth or adoption), short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program available after 1 year of service.

Paid Time Off:  Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays for all regular employees (including part-time), fixed-term, and interns.

Discretionary bonus: Employees may be eligible for discretionary bonuses in addition to base pay. Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.


Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws, including the Washington Fair Chance Act, the California Fair Chance Act, the Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.


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