Spacecraft Electrical Integration Engineering Manager

Irvine, California, United States


Full Time

2 days ago

Job description


Be more than just an employee number! Join Terran Orbital, the leader in innovation, manufacturing and operations in the small satellite industry.  We are a pioneer in the miniaturization of space technologies and the delivery of responsive space solutions.  We are a unique, fast growing, and trusted team focused on quickly and economically designing, building, launching, and operating state-of-the-art satellites for advanced mission constellations.

Terran Orbital Corporation is seeking a(n) experienced Spacecraft Electrical Integration Engineering Manager at our Irvine, CA location. As a Spacecraft Electrical Integration Engineering Manager, the candidate will manage the electrical integration team in addition to being a contributor working within a multidisciplinary team to develop innovative spacecraft solutions for internal and external customers.


  • Responsible for managing a team of electrical integration engineers and ensuring that the integration processes are carried out efficiently and effectively.
  • Develop people processes and tools for spacecraft electrical integration
  • Provide guidance and support to your team, monitor program progress, and identify and resolve any technical or integration issues that arise during the process.
  • Responsible for coordinating with other departments to ensure smooth collaboration and successful integration of the electrical systems within the spacecraft.
  • Collaborating with the spacecraft design team to develop electrical system requirements, architecture, and subsystem designs for spacecraft missions. This involves selecting appropriate components, designing electrical interfaces, and ensuring compliance with technical specifications and safety standards.
  • Work in an environment supporting new and ongoing developments and customer furnished hardware.
  • Concurrently manage involvement in multiple projects at various stages.
  • Identifying and resolving technical issues related to electrical system integration. Collaborating with cross-functional teams to diagnose and rectify problems during testing and launch preparations.
  • Conduct vehicle operation / DITL Telemetry results requirement definition and review for vehicle operational verification.
  • Generating technical documentation, reports, and procedures for electrical system integration activities. Maintaining accurate records of integration activities, test results, and modifications made during the integration process.
  • Coordinating with spacecraft design engineers, system engineers, and other stakeholders to ensure successful integration of electrical systems. Providing technical expertise and guidance to team members and effectively communicating integration progress and issues.
  • Adhering to quality assurance processes and standards to ensure the reliability and safety of electrical systems. Participating in design reviews, audits, and inspections to verify compliance with project requirements.
  • Identify requirements, design, and modify detailed harness schematics to integrate a variety of electromechanical components and units.
  • Prepare harness assembly instructions and test procedures, incorporating industry standards and best practices for complex vehicle wire harnesses.
  • Evaluate harness component requirements for application and environmental application through analysis and testing.
  • Supports assembly, integration, and test activities.
  • Provides engineering design disposition on discrepancies (e.g., rejections, production support requests, revision requests).
  • Documents processes, specifications and procedures that support the design and manufacture.
  • Participates in technical review of supplier capabilities to facilitate source selection.
  • Perform all other duties as assigned.


  • BS or MS in Engineering discipline or equivalent degree.
  • 5 years of functional management experience
  • Experience with system integration and test procedure development and execution
  • Experience with vehicle assembly and support
  • Experience in Electrical System architecture definition and design
  • 5+ years’ experience developing wire interface diagrams.
  • Ability to interpret wire harness requirements and then create, draw, release schematics and wire list data packages.
  • Experience working with manufacturing and quality methods, fabrication, or assembly processes.
  • Ability to create, draw, release detailed wire harness assembly and installation drawings.
  • Hands on experience with wire harness manufacture and installation for space applications.  Satellite experience preferred.
  • A working knowledge of hardware assembly practices.
  • Experience with debugging and evaluation of assembly failures.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Energy and passion to invent and create new solutions, challenge the status quo and drive positive change.
  • Ability and willingness to go above and beyond one’s comfort zone when it comes to learning about other technologies and applications.


  • Understand vehicle-level systems engineering including communications, functionality trade-offs, grounding, and EMC strategies.
  • Familiarity with 3D CAD and PLM software.
  • Familiarity with IPC, industry standards requirements and acceptance.
  • Understands and deals well with rapid development cycles, ambiguity, and unexpected changes in direction.
  • Working knowledge of MS Office.


  • Employee Equity Incentive Program
  • Company-paid comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage
  • 401(K) Match
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Cross-training and professional development opportunities

Salary Range $140,000-$190,000

Your actual level and base salary will be determined case-by-case and may vary based on the job-related qualification, knowledge, skills, education, and experience. In addition to base salary, we offer equity for each employee, 100% covered medical, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k) match, unlimited flex time off, covered life insurance, maternity and paternity leave, tuition reimbursement, employee referrals, and lots of swag!


To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.  In addition, please note that this position may also require the possession of an existing United States National Security clearance or eligibility for such a clearance.


Founded in 2013 in Irvine, California, with headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida.  Terran Orbital is a leading manufacturer of small satellites primarily serving the United States and Allied aerospace and defense industries. Terran Orbital provides end-to-end satellite solutions by combining satellite design, production, launch planning, mission operations, and in-orbit support to meet the needs of the most demanding military, civil, and commercial customers.

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Terran Orbital is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state, or local law.

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