Senior Guidance, Navigation and Controls 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. 

Position Purpose: An engineer in this role has full GN&C subsystem responsibility for multiple space missions, including all program phases from new business development through on-orbit operations. A Senior GN&C Engineer will lead development of new and improved capabilities, features, and infrastructure of the GN&C subsystem. This position will report to the GN&C Engineering Manager.

Title: Senior GN&C Engineer

Position Type: Full Time

Pay Range: $130,000 - $175,000 + (depending on experience and education)

Location: Lafayette and Boulder, 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, drinks, espresso machines and ping pong tables

Job Responsibilities:

  • Design, analyze, test, and deploy GN&C subsystems for small spacecraft ranging from CubeSat (10 cm square) to ESPA-class (24 x 28 x 38 inches), deployed in LEO, GEO, lunar, deep space, and other orbits
  • Develop new GN&C technologies to support customer needs and BCT strategic goals
  • Lead continued evolution of certain GN&C processes and tools/infrastructure
  • Lead certain GN&C hardware selection and performance details
  • Participate in all mission phases including new business development, design reviews, software and hardware-level test, on-orbit commissioning and operations
  • Provide guidance and mentoring to younger engineers
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of systems integration and testing experience with MATLAB/Simulink
  • Ability to rapidly work with minimal supervision on projects involving both small and large engineering teams.
  • Experience with running 6-DOF simulation environments.
  • Must be able to work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment with emphasis on rapid prototyping and fielding of capabilities.
  • Experience with configuration management and issue tracking tools
  • Capability to independently develop new GN&C technology
  • Comprehensive knowledge of spacecraft GN&C, ranging from orbital mechanics, spacecraft sensors and actuators, and attitude dynamics and controls
  • Knowledge of spacecraft GN&C testing best practices
  • Practical experience working with orbital vehicles or autonomous systems, embedded software, and algorithmic design

Required Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or related Engineering discipline and at least 7 years of relevant experience.

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. This job operates in a professional laboratory environment in a manufacturing company. This role uses standard laboratory and manufacturing equipment such as computers, electronics test equipment, and associated office equipment.

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

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