Principal CubeSat Avionics Lead

Engineering · Lafayette, Colorado
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

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 is seeking a talented Principal Avionics Engineer to lead our CubeSat avionics, providing innovative solutions for the existing and next generation of our systems. This role is the technical avionics interface to Blue Canyon and its customers.



Title: Principal CubeSat Avionics Lead

Position Type: Full Time

Pay Range: $130,000 - $190,000

Location: 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 minimum 5% contribution
  • Generous PTO (4 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


Job Responsibilities:

  • Key team member provides technical oversight of subsystem designs to ensure the spacecraft electrical system is compliant and verifiable at the spacecraft bus level. Subsystems include power management, command & data handling, attitude determination and control, RF Telecom and electrical harnessing.
  • Evaluate new internal electrical technology development and upgrades for the bus electrical system architecture and implement design solutions for maximum SWaP value.
  • Interface with Systems, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering teams, AI&T, and other engineering disciplines to develop, debug and resolve electrical solutions for space-based systems.
  • Adjudicate AI&T nonconformances involving avionics and avionics interfaces.
  • Work in a fast-paced team environment on a variety of R&D, proof of concept, and production programs.
  • Support integration and test of embedded software (firmware) into hardware components.
  • Ability to creatively utilize commercial, off the shelf (COTS) elements in space-qualifiable avionics designs.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within Blue Canyon to maintain a positive and productive work environment.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS degree in Electrical Engineering (MS preferred) plus 8 or more years of related experience.
  • Detailed design experience with "space flight qualified" electronics.
  • Knowledge of electronics used for power distribution, power switching, command and data handling and RF Communications systems.
  • Experience specifying test equipment (STE/GSE) for automated script driven testing.
  • Knowledge of grounding architectures for low noise systems.
  • Experience with spacecraft level grounding, EMI/EMC/ESD and design and test requirements for aerospace hardware.
  • Knowledge of harnessing to meet voltage drop, power and signal integrity requirements.
  • Experience with design trades, design concepts, system specifications, system analyses and failure reporting.
  • Analytical experience including FMECA, WCA, Reliability, RCCA, voltage drop and derating.
  • Exceptional written communication skills, strong presentation skills and the ability to lead group discussions with customers and team members.
  • Experience in high speed digital system architectures and closed-loop control systems.


Working Conditions:

This job operates in a laboratory environment in a manufacturing company. This role uses standard laboratory and manufacturing equipment such as computers, electronic test equipment, common inspection tools and equipment, microscopes, color displays 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.


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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