Avionics Engineer

Los Angeles, California

ABL’s Avionics Engineers know they are critical to mission success, bridging the gap between hardware responsible for producing thousands of pounds of thrust and software guiding the payload safely to the correct orbit.

Solid Avionics Engineers know they are not just circuit board designers, but rather engineers responsible for working across disciplines to provide power to a valve at the correct time or telemetering the position of the rocket to the ground based team during flight.

Responsibilities

Perform and lead design, development and qualification of launch vehicle avionics system

  • Gather, define, and document requirements to meet existing and anticipated needs across the launch vehicle
  • Develop robust system architecture capable of meeting redundancy requirements

Develop, analyze and review data to validate and verify the avionics system meets specifications and design requirements

  • Perform avionics systems integration, checkout and troubleshooting of anomalies
  • Develop test plans and procedures while leading the execution of development and qualification testing
Near Term Responsibilities

During ABL’s early phases, the Avionics engineer will be responsible for a broad scope. Initial high level areas of responsibility may include:

Work as the avionics systems level architect and hardware development lead, from component design through integration, test and operations.

• Specify, evaluate and test components ranging from batteries and motors to solenoids and IMUs


Define and maintain the interface requirements to coordinate across engineering teams


Stand up development integrated test bed or "Hardware in the Loop" (HITL), working with the Software, GNC and hardware teams in HITL environment to develop transitions and commands


Critical vendor/supplier development
• Work with vendors to define system requirements and possible solutions
• Work with vendors to maximize the benefits of already certified and qualified Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS) components and systems


Develop sensor and support GNC systems requirements
• Support critical sensor (e.g. IMU) system engineering, integration and test
• Support critical controller (e.g. Thrust Vector Control Actuators, Throttle Valves) system engineering, integration, and test


Work with Software and Integration Checkout teams to stand up racks required to "talk" to the launch vehicle


Typical launch vehicle Avionics functionality includes:
• Power systems, budgeting and battery sizing
• Redundancy and contingency management, capabilities for "Failure Detection Isolation and Recovery" (FDIR)
• Telemetry packet encoding and decoding

Medium-Term Growth Path

As ABL matures and after the Avionics system development is well underway, the Avionics engineer will have an opportunity to build out a team and lead a group. That is dependent of course on the interest by the Avionics engineer and demonstrated leadership.

Basic Qualifications

B.S. in Aerospace or Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science (CS), Computer Engineering (CE), Electrical Engineering (EE), or similar from an accredited university 

2+ years experience in the development of aircraft, missile, spacecraft or similar electronic/avionic systems

Preferred Skills and Experience

Demonstrated ability utilizing CAD design software (e.g. NX, CATIA, CREO/PRO-E) 

2+ years experience with PCB design software(preferably Altium Designer) including schematic capture, layout, simulation,and fulfillment.

Proficiency with circuit design and analysis tools (e.g. Matlab, LabVIEW) and simulation
codes (e.g. LTSpice, PSpice) 

Experience with embedded firmware design

Familiarity with:

• Power Systems
• Telemetry encoding
• Mechanical routing, harness routing
• Programming of FPGA or microcontrollers
• One or more low-level programming languages (e.g. Ladder Diagram, Structured Text, Instruction List)
• Qualification of spacecraft avionics and test factors found in industry standards such as MIL-STD-202

Day of launch or on-orbit systems testing support, including vehicle power and telemetry systems 

Demonstrated leadership of or within a small project team either in current role or during project based team in school

Additional Requirements

The Avionics engineer must be willing to travel to the launch site to support system integration and vehicle checkouts such as HITL prior to launch, especially on first-article products.

What We Look For

Beyond technical prowess, ABL focuses on the following candidate characteristics. Tangible examples are the best way to highlight these during the evaluation process.

1. Critical thinking: ABL engineers understand the "why" behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes.  

2. Ability to deal with ambiguity: there is no roadmap and ABL engineers must be comfortable defining their own pathway to an objective. 

3. End-to-end ownership: projects are delivered fully complete and ready for flight; there is no one to pick up the slack of partially complete work. 

ITAR Requirement

This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations.  As such, US person status (including US citizens, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) is a required qualification for this position.

Non-Discrimination

We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.

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