Launch Engineers are the final guardians of the rocket before flight.
From vehicle mates and checkout to ground systems to payload processing and integration, Launch Engineers are responsible for the getting the vehicle to the pad. On launch day, they also command the vehicle during active operations. The Launch Engineers know the vehicle schematics by heart and can visualize operations ten steps ahead. When there's a problem, they know how to safe the vehicle and begin troubleshooting.
Write procedures to validate software, avionics and fluid systems on the launch vehicle. Examples of assemblies include: engines, navigation avionics, radio frequency (RF) transmitters and receivers, and valves.
After training and evaluation, serve as a vehicle controller (VC) to command the vehicle during powered and pressurized checkout operations.
Work alongside technicians to execute processing and test operations
Specify and design electronic and fluid system ground support equipment
Review test data against established criteria to make go/no-go call on vehicle integrity
Perform final vehicle closeouts and verify hardware is go for flight
Process customer satellites and encapsulate them into ABL's payload fairing
Bachelor's degree in any engineering discipline from an accredited institution
One of the following experience bases:
2+ years of experience as a launch engineer in the space industry or integration \& test operations for a launch vehicle, airplane, ship or automobile
Hardware project management experience where there was a clear deliverable
Python coding and ability to write simple scripts
Writing and executing test procedures for complex hardware operations
Professional or hobby experience to include, but not limited to:
The Launch Engineer will be based in Los Angeles, but must be willing to travel to the launch site for extended durations to support operations. In the future, when ABL has an established Launch Site, the Launch Engineer will have the option to move to the site full time.
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.
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.
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.