Mission Operations Engineer

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

Blue Canyon Technologies (BCT) is leading the way in the New Space revolution!  Our state-of-the-art systems are currently on missions from low Earth orbit to the Moon, near earth asteroids, and to Mars.  We create high-reliability spacecraft with significantly greater performance, much smaller size and at a fraction of the cost of traditional space systems.  We are involved in a wide range of projects for academic, commercial, and government applications. Join our innovative and dynamic company, as we build the small spacecraft of the future.  


Blue Canyon Technologies currently has an opportunity for a Mission Operations Engineer to join our team.  Mission Operations Engineers at BCT have full responsibility for multiple space missions, including all mission phases from concept of operations development, commissioning timeline development, mission rehearsals, launch and commissioning operations, nominal operations, and spacecraft decommissioning.  The Mission Operations team at BCT also provides customer training and support for on-orbit operations.  This engineer will be working in a team environment, with frequent opportunities for customer engagement.  


This position is based out of our Lafayette, Colorado office. Our values of collaboration, innovation and continuous improvement drive our team to succeed every day.


Title: Mission Operations Engineer

Position Type: Full Time

Pay Range: $75,000 - $167,000 + (commensurate with experience and qualifications)

Location: Lafayette, CO


  • 100% company paid health, dental and vision benefits for you and your dependents effective the first of the month following hire date
  • Life insurance
  • 401k (matching 4% with a 6% contribution)
  • Generous PTO (3 weeks of vacation + 3 floating holidays, 2 weeks of sick time, 7 paid holidays throughout the year) and parental leave.
  • Break rooms stocked with snacks and drinks


Essential Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Provide support to mission operations concept and flight product development
  • Create and maintain requirements for ground and flight segments and assist with requirements verification and validation
  • Create mission operations documentation, procedures, command scripts and timelines
  • Develop and maintain ground segment software and tools in support of flight operations
  • Lead and perform integrated system level testing of flight and ground segments
  • Provide training to operations engineers both internally and externally to customer operations teams
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for all satellite related questions from a customer following launch
  • Perform and/or assist with real-time spacecraft/payload command and control during launch and early orbit
  • Perform trending and analysis of spacecraft/payload performance and assist with anomaly investigations


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Aerospace, Engineering, System or Computer Science discipline
  • 5+ years of experience in satellite operations, including real-time spacecraft/payload operations support and flight product development and test
  • Familiarity with all aspects of the satellite system life cycle, including mission and instrument operations system design, launch, commissioning, and operations
  • Experience in generation of concept of operations plans, procedures and timelines
  • Proficiency in verification and/or validation of operations procedures and software
  • Work closely with customer to define mission requirements and provide innovative solutions
  • Collaborate closely with other technical program leads
  • Excellent documentation and communication skills
  • Ability to work rapidly with minimal supervision on projects involving both small and large engineering teams
  • Excellent problem-solving and troubleshooting skills
  • Travel may be required periodically, up to one week on each trip
  • Existing or recent TS/SCI a plus


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, filling 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 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