RF Systems Engineer

Systems Engineering · Lafayette, Colorado
Department Systems Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level

Blue Canyon Technologies is a leading provider of turnkey small satellite solutions, including nanosatellites, microsatellites, and ESPA-class. We specialize in precision pointing platforms based upon our high-performance attitude determination and control components. BCT’s highly experienced staff has developed low-cost, flight-proven, high-performance, high-reliability spacecraft systems and components that enable a wide range of missions for academic, commercial, and government applications. Our state-of-the-art spacecraft and subsystems are supporting LEO, GEO, Lunar, and interplanetary missions.

Blue Canyon Technologies is looking for a Spacecraft RF Systems Engineer to join our team. This Engineer will be working in a team environment, with frequent opportunities for customer engagement, new business development, concept design, detailed design, analysis, integration and test, plus orbit operations.

Required Qualifications

  • 3-5 years of relevant experience
  • Knowledge of all phases of the program life-cycle (business development, mission formulation, requirements flow-down, manufacturing, integration and test, and on-orbit operations)
  • Experience in RF communications including:
  • Communication system design and Link budgets
  • Ability to conceive and develop configurable products across a diverse set of customer needs.
  • Ability to establish innovative, balanced technical and cost solutions.
  • Work closely with customer to help define their needs and provide competitive solutions
  • Support the BCT team in executing flight programs that meet technical and cost obligations for the customer
  • Work closely with other contractors/team-mates in meeting customer needs.
  • Collaborate closely with other Technical program leads and diverse domain expertise
  • Ensure all business is conducted using the highest ethical standards and in compliance with all applicable laws, statutes, and regulations as well as company policies and directives
  • Good documentation and communication skills
  • Ability to obtain a security clearance

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience as a spacecraft systems engineer or subsystem engineer. Alternatively, experience as a ground system engineer operating spacecraft on orbit
  • Strong systems engineering skills
  • RFI/EMI and mitigation
  • Familiarity with crpytographic systems, architecture, Type 1 and Suite B cryptography
  • Knowledge of NASA and or DOD acquisition strategy
  • Ability to rapidly work with minimal supervision on projects involving both small and large engineering teams
  • Previous experience and skills in RF testing
  • Must be able to work in a highly collaborative, fast paced environment with emphasis in rapid prototyping and fielding of capabilities
  • Experience with COMSEC
  • Existing or recent TS/SCI

Working conditions

This job operates in a professional office environment, but in a manufacturing company. This role uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, scanners, file cabinets and fax machines.

Physical requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit for long periods of time, use hands to finger, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms, talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand, bend, reach, and walk. The position requires some light physical effort. This would require the ability to lift or move objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities are required by this job which includes close vision, distance vision, color vision, and ability to adjust focus.

*All employees of BCT possessing or attempting to gain government clearance will be required to successfully pass a drug test.


Blue Canyon Technologies is a drug-free workplace and an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran status or any other protected factor. Blue Canyon Technologies is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request a reasonable accommodation, contact Cathy Juntunen at 720-450-8252 or HR@bluecanyontech.com.

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  • Location
    Lafayette, Colorado
  • Department
    Systems Engineering
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience