Launch Systems Engineer

Los Angeles, California

ABL's Launch Systems Engineers (LSE) know the rocket only gets safely off the ground if the launch pad works flawlessly every operation.

LSEs design the ground systems that service vehicle from stage mate, through functional checkouts and ultimately to T0 on launch day. There is a strategic element of design in creating the ground systems to ensure longevity; it is this ability to understand system operations many rockets into the future that defines a successful LSE. The team has a broad scope including mechanical, fluid and electronic systems, but individuals generally have an area of specialization. LSEs are comfortable with heavy machinery, but have the finesse to handle delicate and precise parts.

Responsibilities

Work with vehicle engineers to define and document the requirements for the launch mechanical, fluid and electrical systems

Design ground support equipment to handle and service the vehicle.  Examples include transporters to move the vehicle, complete fluid systems to load propellant and gases and electrical systems to c. harge batteries and calibrate vehicle equipment

Build the ground support equipment, utilizing external contractors and ABL's in-house technician team

Write and execute procedures to activate the equipment

Define a preventative maintenance schedule to ensure equipemnet readiness

Monitor and support during launch operations

Near Term Responsibilities
Medium-Term Growth Path
Basic Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in any engineering discipline from an accredited institution

One of the following experience bases:

  • ‍2+ years of industry experience in a launch, production or design role (does not need to be at an aerospace company)
  • 2+ years of collegiate extracurricular engineering project experience (Rocket Team, Formula SAE etc.)
Preferred Skills and Experience

Experience working with large industrial machinery, large process plant fluid systems or enterprise electrical systems

Experience testing and activating large systems such as ships, power plants or refineries  

Technical writing

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:

  • ‍Restoring cars and rebuilding engines
  • Electronic projects (Arduino, Raspberry Pi etc.)
  • Amateur rocketry
Additional Requirements

The LSE must be willing to travel to launch and test sites to support launch preparation and operations.

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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