Sr. Embedded Flight Software Engineer

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 and enthusiastic Sr. Embedded Flight Software Engineer  to join our growing team.  Well qualified applicants will be motivated and invested in company success.

Title: Sr. Embedded Flight Software Engineer

Position Type: Full Time

Pay Range: $96,000 - $160,000 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)

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 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

Position Purpose:  The Sr. Embedded Flight Software Engineer is responsible for all phases of software development from program inception to post launch support.  The FSW engineer will collaborate with the other engineering disciplines on a regular basis (Electrical, FPGA, Guidance, Navigation and Control, Radio, Integration & Test) to ensure successful program execution and space craft launch. This position is based out of our Lafayette, Colorado office. Local area travel between Lafayette and Boulder may be required.  Our values of collaboration, innovation and continuous improvement drive our team to succeed every day.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Participates in architecture, requirements gathering, estimating and planning for program execution
  • Program execution may require responsibility for the delegation and review of other’s work
  • Daily work includes, designing, implementing and testing of embedded software components to interface and control various peripherals such as radios, payloads, and heaters
  • Creation of technical documentation throughout the development process; includes customer facing presentations
  • Support problem resolution throughout all phases of the program (functional and system integration and test); problems typically involve consideration of multiple issues, job areas and/or specialties
  • Development work is executed in a team environment spanning multiple programs
  • Daily collaboration with other engineering disciplines, project and program management to ensure milestones are on target
  • Building tools and contributing to analyses of various architectures that include CubeSats and MicroSats, sensors, communications, and ground infrastructure; evolving or creating new approaches based on analysis results
  • Conducts regular mentorships and technology/knowledge share sessions
  • Plans department process and technology improvement initiatives


Required Qualifications/Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Aerospace engineering, or Electrical Engineering
  • 7+ years of experience developing software for embedded systems, including the following skills:
    • Software design and diverse programming proficiency using C or C++ in an embedded real-time operating system (e.g.  Linux, RTEMS, Ubuntu)
    • Working on multi-disciplinary design and development teams
    • Documenting software and presenting capabilities in design reviews
    • Testing, troubleshooting, diagnosing and fixing defects in software using debuggers, emulators, simulators and logic analyzers
    • Experience mentoring junior engineers


Additional Desired Skills:

  • Programming experience with Ruby, Python, and/or Matlab
  • Experience with networking protocols and/or software defined radios
  • Familiarity with software and hardware encryption
  • Familiarity with ground support equipment for debugging. Ex. JTAG, breakout boxes, oscilloscopes, RF racks, etc.
  • Experience in an RF/analog hardware environment is highly desirable


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


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