Instrumentation & Control Systems Engineer

Berthoud, 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.

Ursa Major’s team moves quickly and does a lot with little. The Instrumentation & Control Systems Engineer is responsible for design, selection, build, and maintenance of all data and control systems at our test site. This includes ownership of measurement sensors, wiring, DAQ hardware, and control systems and software. You will interface and work closely with Test Engineers, Development Engineers, and Test Technicians to troubleshoot, maintain, and improve the capability and reliability of the test stands. You will report to the Chief Operations Officer. 


  • You will own the design, selection, implementation, and troubleshooting of instrumentation and controls (I&C) systems for rocket engine test cells, GSE or component testing.
  • You will evaluate data to ensure proper function of I&C systems
  • You will generate work instructions for non-electrical technicians and engineers for installation and maintenance of I&C systems
  • You will own the specification and purchase of instrumentation and controls hardware
  • You will generate electrical schematics for I&C systems and how it integrates into the larger DAQ system
  • You will perform end-to-end uncertainty analysis in order to guide component selection and system design.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in electrical, computer, or mechanical engineering
  • 2+ years’ hands-on experience with instrumentation and control systems
  • Design of electrical and DAC systems for hazardous locations (Class I, Div. 1 and Div. 2)
  • Understanding of digital and analog signals, signal response characteristics, noise, filtering, processing, shielding, and grounding.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of industrial communications such as RS485, EtherNet/IP, EtherCAT, Profibus, Modbus.
  • Experience performing Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA), System Safety and Hazards Analysis
  • Ability to perform physical tasks including standing for long periods, working on ladders, kneeling, crouching, working in tight spaces, lifting objects (up to 25 lbs.)

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience communicating effectively in writing and orally.
  • Passion for designing I&C systems and the desire to be hands-on with the system
  • Experience working with multiple engineering disciplines and technicians
  • Hands-on experience with deterministic control systems and software
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively implement I&C system improvements with minimal interruption to operations
  • Strong fundamental knowledge of electrical systems, instrumentation, controls hardware, applications, and failure modes
  • Experience with rapid design and installation of I&C systems and related software from concept through activation and daily operation
  • Design of electrical power distribution according to NFPA and NEC requirements
  • Experience with National Instruments LabVIEW and Python software development
  • Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD) or Certified LabVIEW Developer (CLD) certification

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 $85,000 - $140,000, 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.