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Stratolaunch, LLC Sr. Avionics Engineer in Mojave, California

Position Summary

Stratolaunch is a technology accelerator that engineers operationally realistic testing at Mach 5+. Our air-launched, Talon testbeds are reusable, cost-effective platforms that enable routine access to the hypersonic environment. We deliver flight data critical to validating system performance and achieving rapid technology deployment. Together with our customers, we drive innovations that are imperative to advancing national security.

To achieve these efforts, Stratolaunch needs a Sr. Avionics Engineer to develop, integrate, test, and maintain the Data Acquisition System (DAS) and instrumentation components for its launch system. The vehicle data acquisition system is critical to mission success and interfaces with every subsystem, therefore this position will include collaborating with other system owners to understand requirements and engineer solutions. You must be comfortable with component/system development and integration. This position will include evaluation of a broad range of technical data. Candidates must have an aerospace development background and relevant experience in aerospace systems integration.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Design, integrate, program, and test a variety of data acquisition system hardware

  • Develop requirements for the data acquisition system and manage the configuration

  • Design wiring diagrams for a wide variety of acquisition hardware and instrumentation

  • Coordinate with other sub system leads to develop and execute test plans

  • Maintain the data acquisition system leading up to, during, and after flight test

  • Coordinate with engineers across a broad spectrum of disciplines to understand requirements and engineer technical solutions

  • Contribute to mission control and test activities

  • Support design reviews throughout vehicle development

  • Evaluate risks and risk mitigation plans to determine if the risks and mitigations are appropriate

  • Regular and comprehensive communication to the Avionics Lead on a weekly and monthly basis

  • Contribute to the integration of complex aerospace systems

  • Travel, as needed, to support the department

  • Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity, and fulfillment of commitments

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform all essential duties. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE

  • Knowledge of, and experience with, one or more of these disciplines: electrical engineering, avionics engineering, data acquisition systems, software engineering, electrical hardware engineering

  • Experience with configuring and maintaining a data acquisition IP network: IPv4, IEEE 1588 (PTP), UDP/TCP, etc.

  • Knowledge of data acquisition system design including: digital signal processing, analog/digital filters, and/or instrumenting cryogenic fluids, rocket engines, and high-temperature and high-vibration environments

  • Experience with a variety of aerospace instrumentation

  • Experience with electrical wiring diagram design

  • Experience with aircraft prototype development, including releasing Engineering definition and developing work instructions

  • Desire to work hands-on throughout the project lifecycle

  • Experience with troubleshooting, test planning, and test execution

  • Ability to communicate technical challenges and guidance to varied audiences to explain rationale and/or resolve concerns

  • Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals

  • Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Test equipment (e.g. oscilloscope, spectrum analyzer, TDR)

  • Engineering software languages/tools (e.g. Matlab, Octave, Python)

  • Wiring harness design tools (e.g. Mentor Graphics)

  • Configuration management systems

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • ACRA DAS experience

  • XML/XidML

  • MIL-STD-810 and DO-160

  • Engineering computing languages/tools (e.g. LabVIEW, CVI LabWindows, C/C++)

  • Flight test experience

  • Experience with air-launch programs

  • Ability to obtain a security clearance

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 5-plus years of relevant experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience.

Special remarks regarding work environment, if applicable

  • This position is located in Mojave, CA

  • Travel estimated to be approximately <5%

Benefits and our location:

  • Relocation eligible to local area – Mojave, CA

  • 9/80 schedule

  • Healthcare (medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs)

  • Paid Maternity and Parental Leave up to 16 weeks

  • 50% company match per contributed dollar into 401(k) savings plan up to the IRS annual limit

  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education

Mojave Air & Spaceport is located 95 miles north of Los Angeles. To outsiders it may seem like it is the middle-of-nowhere, but it offers both affordability and central access to a variety of California’s best attractions and landmarks. Hikers will find themselves within a 2-3 hours distance of some of the best state and national parks, including Yosemite and Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Skiers will delight in being closely distanced to world-class resorts at Mammoth Mountain, Mountain High, and Big Bear. Beachgoers can find plenty of sand, sun, and sunsets at both Southern and Central California beaches like Ventura, Huntington, Santa Monica, and Pismo. The area also offers plenty of rural area for off-roading and horseback riding enthusiasts.

Not much for the outdoors and prefer the city life? You’re within a half day’s drive or less of Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and San Francisco where you can find a variety of live entertainment, museums, tours, and historical sight-seeing. Theme parks are in abundance, with Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland, and Knotts Berry Farm ready to meet the needs of rollercoaster thrill seekers.

Food and drink fanatics are in a haven of delectable choices. Wine aficionados will also find easy access to some of the state’s best vino in Paso Robles, Santa Ynez, and even more locally in Tehachapi and Agua Dulce. Beer fanatics will find some of the best West Coast IPAs at Bravery and Lucky Luke’s in Lancaster. Any food option you crave is covered, and we always recommend the authentic and fresh Mexican food that you won’t find anywhere else in the United States.

Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law. Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law:

https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf

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