Electrical Systems Engineer - Space Systems Development (R37408)

Seattle, WA, United States


Full Time

14 days 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!  

We are a team with wide-ranging skillsets that value safety, problem-solving and diversity. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

As part of a diverse and hardworking team, you will contribute to the design of the Electrical Power System (EPS) for future space vehicles. EPS scope includes power generation, storage, regulation, control, and distribution to vehicle subsystems and payloads. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration, and your dedicated commitment and detailed attention will further the cause of safe and repeatable spaceflight. You will create and maintain drawing and diagrams for power generation, distribution, system grounding and bonding.

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight.


  • Conduct trades studies and supply knowledge to help down-select spacecraft electrical power system architectures appropriate for mission requirements.
  • Methodically estimate power consumption and current requirements (average, transient, in-rush etc.) from all vehicle subsystems and electrical components
  • Account for and justify contingency/margin of EPS components from concept to production
  • Generate EPS and power consuming component models based on a combination of first principals, empirical information, and test data.
  • Maintain EPS budgets and power equipment lists that track power generation, consumption and storage during all relevant portions of a mission.
  • Analyze and determine compliant grounding/bonding strategies and architectures
  • Design and analyze electrical systems for EMI/EMC compliance
  • Create and maintain system diagrams for power generation, distribution, system grounding, and bonding.
  • Create models and simulation of the EPS to evaluate use cases and conditions.
  • Perform analyses such as voltage drop/line loss, component derating/stress analysis, thermal effects and worst-case analysis.
  • Trade combinations of various power generation and storage solutions such as solar arrays, fuel cells, and battery modules (especially Li-Ion chemistries).
  • Trade design requirements such as reliability, cost, modularity, and efficiency for power management and distribution (PMAD) components
  • Estimate the size, mass, and location on vehicle of EPS components.
  • Define and resolve challenges for key interfaces of EPS components (power quality, thermal, mechanical loads) with key stakeholders.
  • Effectively communicate development status, risks, and challenges to management.
  • Work closely with systems and design engineers to develop integrated design solutions – rapidly assess conceptual designs and iterate.
  • Write cogent and succinct technical memos and devise innovative, intuitive, and delightful ways to visualize quantitative information.


  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical or Computer Engineering, Physics or related disciplines
  • A breadth of understanding in electrical engineering such as developing complex circuit cards, consumer electronics, wireless devices, or other advanced electronic commercial or aerospace products
  • Experience with analog, digital and mixed-signal circuit analysis, simulation, design, test, troubleshooting, signal integrity, power, and grounding and general board layout principles
  • Desire to work hands-on, both independently and as part of a team, throughout the development and production phases of the electronic assembly product lifecycle
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and supply to a culture of collaboration
  • 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


  • Master of Science in Electrical or Computer Engineering, Physics or related disciplines
  • Successful Candidates typically have 0 to 10 years of experience in design, development, test and operation of vehicle Avionics systems
  • Demonstrated experience designing high reliability safety-critical, Class 2/3 board assemblies; familiarity with IPC-A-600/610, DO-254 and similar standards
  • Demonstrated experience designing and/or certifying aerospace electronics for demanding environments (DO-160, SMC-S-016, or similar standards)
  • Test experience with high reliability systems in a hardware-rich environment, demonstrating the ability to tailor the approach for variable levels of required fidelity (prototype, flight, formal qualification)
  • Experience with launch vehicle or spacecraft Avionics systems hardware development, integration, and test
  • Demonstrated experience with detailed design of one or more major components of spacecraft power systems (solar arrays, fuel cells, power converters, or similar)
  • Scripting, Programming and Analysis: TCL, Python, Linux shell and Windows batch scripting; C / C++; MATLAB / Simulink, SPICE and HFSS (or similar modeling/analysis tools)
Compensation range for on site WA applicants is
$156,910.50$230,135.40 USD

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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