Avionics/Electrical Engineer

Orbit Fab

Avionics/Electrical Engineer

San Francisco, CA
Full Time
  • Responsibilities


    We are creating the on-orbit infrastructure needed to get humans into space, starting with the first orbiting propellant depot. Everyone here is building that. So will you.

    Orbit Fab likes to move fast, break barriers, and change the way space missions work. We're looking for the best minds, backed by a practical can-do attitude. We describe here the skills, qualifications, and responsibilities that we need to have as a team. Aptitude for complex technical challenges and practical experience is key. Your days will consist of electrical avionics hardware design, development, test, and production support to enable an on-orbit propellant supply for the 21st century of space innovation. As an engineer at Orbit Fab, you'll exercise your practical problem solving for complex space systems. A strong candidate will call upon a breadth of experience developing systems under-budget and on time.

    This is not a management position, we want you to spend your time doing the engineering you are passionate about. Over time as the team grows you could grow into the technical leader for the EE group.

    You bring years of knowledge and passion for the following disciplines to the team:

    • Space Systems Engineering (specifically, experience across both Big and Small space missions at a variety of institutions).
    • Space avionics and electronics

    In addition, the ideal candidate will be familiar with both mission systems engineering and satellite hardware and have a proven record of leading space systems engineering teams in fast-paced environments. Exceptional candidates will have worked on systems for Rendezvous, Proximity Operations, and Docking Algorithm or Hardware Development.

    The day-to-day work will take place in the San Francisco office, though a new facility is planned for CO, TX or FL by the end of 2021. You will support a diverse team of talented engineers across multiple projects. You will lead the technical development of projects that suit your areas of focus.


    • Define, review, and critique engineering processes.
    • Technical decision-making processes and technical development across various space systems disciplines.
    • Guide electrical engineering processes and facilitate technical trades across the system.
    • Identify technical issues and proactively implement resolutions to mitigate schedule and cost impacts.
    • Design, test and fly electrical and avionics systems across Orbit Fab's Tankers, Docking Hardware, and Spacecraft Fill/Drain components.
    • Specific tasks may Include:
      • Circuit/Board Design
      • Board Bring Up
      • Rapid Prototyping for test
      • EEE Parts and/or Radiation Parts Analysis
      • Design for electronics mission lifetime and architecture
      • Hardware in the Loop Testing
      • Participate in the development of systems engineering products, spacecraft architecture, trade studies, requirements development, verification, and validation plans.
      • Identify and interface vendors to carry out spacecraft electrical components selection and planning.
      • Provide technical mentorship to team members and monitor the technical integrity of all team member contributions.
      • Contribute technical knowledge around electrical engineering/avionics to proposal development and writing.
      • Monitor and adhere to efficient program budgets, schedules, and resource plans.


    • Bachelor's degree or higher in engineering, physics, mathematics, or other related discipline.
    • 3+ years of experience in spacecraft electronics design, development, or test across multiple flight projects/programs. Alternatively, several years of experience specifically on aerospace avionics or electrical engineering works too!
    • Experience taking a product from concept phase through prototyping, launch, and operation.
    • A familiarity and appreciation for the multiple spacecraft engineering disciplines, how they interact and what effects them, gained through participating or collaborating with them on engineering projects.
    • Experience with key mission design, detailed analysis, and engineering management tools: circuit design/modeling software (we use Altium), SPENVIS, Matlab, JIRA or JIRA-like tools (Asana) and requirements tools like JAMA or Valispace.
    • You share our appreciation for a diversity of thoughts, backgrounds and experiences, helping us all learn from each other and make smarter decisions.
    • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal.
    • Ability to travel (5% to 10% time expected), including international travel as needed (Pending COVID resolution).


    • Masters, Ph.D., or other advanced degree in engineering, physics, math, or related discipline.
    • Experience with both low and high budget space system development.
    • Experience or flight design heritage on LEO and/or GEO missions, especially radiation design of boards for these environments.
    • Experience or flight design heritage with spacecraft and spacecraft subsystem design.
    • Experience with spacecraft and subsystem environment definition (radiation, thermal, EMI/EMC, etc.) and design approaches (at LEO, GEO, and Deep Space).
    • Experience with Spacecraft propulsion systems and pressure systems.
    • Experience with Level 2 Spacecraft Design/EEE-INST-002 or similar standards for spacecraft design
    • Experience with spacecraft and spacecraft subsystem fabrication, assembly, and test; understanding of qualification, acceptance, and proto-flight verification approaches.
    • Previous experience working in a multi-disciplinary team.

    Important Information:

    To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State. EEO Statement: “Orbit Fab Inc does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.”