Thermal Engineer II - Components

Engineering · Lafayette, Colorado
Department 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.  


Title: Thermal Engineer II - Components

Position Type: Full Time

Pay Range: $87,000 - $110,800 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)

Location: Boulder, CO


Position Purpose: The Thermal Engineer II – Components will support the engineering staff in the analysis, investigation, and resolution of engineering problems of moderate scope and complexity. Assignments are normally accompanied by general instructions and suggestions, outlining possible approaches, sources or information, and potential problems to be encountered with work reviewed regularly for soundness of technical judgment, overall adequacy, and accuracy. Tasks involve the exercise of independent judgment and discretion about matters of significance. May provide direction to design or technician staff.


  • 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 (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


Job Responsibilities:

  • Perform thermal design and analysis of BCT hardware including reaction wheels, gimbals, radios, electronics board thermal component analyses.
  • Write thermal test plans, participate in thermal vacuum testing, and correlate thermal models to test data.
  • Produce a quality engineering product on time.
  • Give effective presentations to the team and customers.
  • Create test reports, memos, and presentations on thermal design, test plans, model correlation results, and MLI installation.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department. Interact appropriately with others to maintain a positive and productive work environment.
  • Plan and conducts engineering work without detailed supervision, but with guidance on unusual features and who is usually engaged on more responsible engineering assignments requiring substantial experience.
  • Contributes to the completion of milestones associated with specific projects.
  • Coordinates more difficult assignments, deals with problems for which it is necessary to modify established guides and devise new approaches.
  • Recommendations may be reviewed for soundness of judgment but are usually regarded as technically accurate and feasible.
  • Work is carried out within broad guidelines requiring conformity with overall objectives, relative priorities, and necessary cooperation with other units. Informed engineering guidance may be available.
  • The engineer outlines and assigns work, reviews it for technical accuracy and adequacy, and may plan, direct, coordinate and supervise the work of other professional and technical staff.
  • May be responsible for providing guidance, coaching, and training to other employees within job area.
  • May manage projects at this level with responsibility for the delegation of work and the review of other's work.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.


Required Qualifications/Education:

  • 4 years minimum experience as an aerospace bus or instrument thermal engineer
  • BS degree or higher in Mechanical Engineering or Aerospace Engineering with emphasis in Heat Transfer
  • Experience using thermal analysis software on a satellite program, ideally Thermal Desktop and TD Direct.
  • Possesses general working knowledge of industry practices, standards, and technology areas.
  • Shows initiative by demonstrating personal ownership of designs, seeking input from the Systems and Cross functional engineers.
  • Can work autonomously, views work with a critical eye, prepares and gives peer reviews of work prior to critical milestones to peers.
  • Ability to leverage existing designs to meet customer needs
  • Collaborative and team focused: ability to work in a team environment to advance the goals of the department and company as a whole.
  • Strong verbal and written skills.
  • Excellent communication, analytical, organizational, strategic, and statistical skills
  • An effective sense of urgency and ability to manage multiple priorities in a fast paced, small company environment.
  • Excited and open minded in order to work in a culture that thrives on autonomy, innovation, and agility.

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, filing 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. This job operates in a professional laboratory environment in a manufacturing company. This role uses standard laboratory and manufacturing equipment such as, microscopes, and various hand-held tools.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

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.  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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