Avionics Integration and Test Engineer

Lafayette, CO

The journey to space starts with the engines. 

Ursa Major was founded to bring a new model to space access: one in which every link in an enormous value chain isn’t limited by those around it. We design rocket engines and propulsion solutions.  
Our products and technologies require an extraordinary team. A team that will mold tomorrow’s technologies while deploying today’s best. We are an intrinsically motivated team that has a passion for solving problems and empowering each other every day to develop our skills, knowing that there is always room for growth.

Our propulsion systems cannot function without sensors, actuators, controllers, and other electronic hardware. You will work with the design and operations teams to develop and execute the Avionics testing campaign in order to, develop, and validate engine avionics components. You will manage testing the reliable operation of engine electrical systems, and by extension, the success of the engine program as a whole. You will report to the Avionics Manager.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Test production and developmental avionics hardware, including instrumentation, actuators, wire harnessing, and engine controllers. 
  • Direct test requirements for all avionics components. 
  • Establish tests for avionics components and develop associated test support hardware and processes. 
  • Troubleshoot issues with existing components and systems; propose and implement solutions.  
  • Ensure commonality of avionics systems and processes across multiple engine programs.  
  • Develop and document the integration process for avionics hardware onto flight engines. 

Desired Qualifications

  • We strongly encourage you to apply if you have 70 percent of these requirements. 
  • Minimum B.S. in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or Computer Science (or similar). 
  • 2+ years experience with electrical feedback and control systems. 
  • Working knowledge of digital and analog electronic circuits.  
  • Experience with environmental testing.  
  • Experience troubleshooting electronic systems, from reading electrical schematics to using electrical test equipment to inspect the system.
  • Hands-on electrical and wire harnesses build experience. 
  • Ability to manage several tasks at once
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  

Beneficial Experience

  • We consider these bonus points for our role, but not essential to success.
  • Implementation of automated solutions for testing. 
  • Familiarity with fluid systems and components. 
  • Experience with mechanical design and CAD software. 
  • Experience programming with Python, MATLAB, R, or another scripting/data analysis languages 
  • Experience programming in C, C++, LabView, or other data acquisition and embedded control languages. 
  • Experience with high- and low-speed instrumentation and data acquisition. 
  • Understanding of IC circuits, PCB design, and ability to create electrical schematics.

Benefits Include:

  • Unlimited PTO - Vacation, Sick, Personal, and Bereavement
  • Paid maternity/paternity/adoptive leave
  • Medical, dental and vision insurance; STD; Life and AD&D
  • Retirement Savings Plan - Traditional 401(k) and a Roth 401(k)
  • Company stock options

Colorado law requires us to tell you the base compensation range of this role, which is $80,000 - $110,000, determined by your education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities. What we can’t quantify for you are the exciting challenges, supportive team, and amazing culture we enjoy. Click here for more information about our awesome benefits.

NOTE: Research suggests that women and BIPOC individuals may self-select out of opportunities if they don't meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who believes they have the skills and the drive necessary to succeed here to apply for this role.
We’re an equal opportunity employer. You will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.
No outside recruiters please.
As a U.S. government contractor, Ursa Major is subject to President Biden’s September 9, 2021 Executive Order on Ensuring Adequate COVID Safety Protocols for Federal Contractors requiring federal contractors to be fully vaccinated from COVID-19. However, recently a federal judge in Georgia issued a nationwide preliminary injunction that prohibits the government from enforcing the federal contractor vaccine mandate. The order covers all contractors and subcontractors in the United States and its territories, and will be in place until further notice. Additionally, while Ursa Major is still subject to OSHA’s Emergency Temporary Standard given our 100+ employees, its implementation and enforcement is currently suspended pending future developments in the litigation.
Given these updates, we are suspending the Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy until further notice. With this is mind, Ursa Major fully intends to comply immediately with changes to any COVID-19 mandates.