Principal FPGA Digital Design 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.  


Position Purpose: The Principal FPGA Digital Design Engineer will have a high degree of flexibility to develop successful electrical system design solutions that leverage high performance components and technologies as needed to meet program requirements. You will be involved in all stages of design and development from concept to delivery.

Title: Principal FPGA Digital Design Engineer

Position Type: Full Time

Pay Range: $142,000 - $190,000

(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.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Expert in high-speed digital design, block diagrams, requirements definition, FPGA design and analysis, and simulation
  • Subject matter expert in one or more EE disciplines:
    • Signal Integrity, Schematic capture / layout, Harnessing, Discrete controls (z-domain), Software Defined Radio, Controls Theory, Power supply controls theory, sampling theory, modeling, and system simulation
  • Demonstrated technical leadership experience architecting complex electrical systems including subsystem design trades
  • Works on current projects or proposed future needs
  • Exceptional written communication skills, strong presentation skills and the ability to lead discussions with customers and team members
  • Expected to solve complex technical problems in any phase of development, including design reviews, executing failure analysis with root cause and corrective action
  • Other responsibilities as assigned
  • May include personnel management responsibilities


Required Qualifications/Education:

  • 12 plus years of relevant experience working in Aerospace organizations developing electronics
  • Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in Electrical Engineering or related field
  • Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education
  • Versed in parts placement, trace, and plane shape requirements for the design.
  • Will work on FPGA design and may work verification.
  • Circuit board design capability is strongly desired.  We are mainly a group of FPGA designers and verification engineers who also serve the EE team at the board and system level as needed.
  • Experience with design trades, design concept discussions, system specifications, system analyses and failure reporting.
  • Exceptional written communication skills, strong presentation skills and the ability to lead technical group discussions and conversations with customers and team members.
  • Experience with Xilinx FPGAs or Microchip FPGAs.  ASIC design experience may substitute for FPGA experience.
  • Engineers who are interested in modular interface design, verification, and development using modern tools and an eye toward automation are encouraged to apply.
  • Familiarity with clock domain crossing (CDC) tools and FPGA design pitfalls is nice to have.
  • Familiar with AXI based design, DMA, and scripting tools.
  • Experience with embedded processor-based electronics architecture.
  • Experience with grounding and power distribution network (PDN) architectures for low noise systems.
  • Strong interpersonal and self-leadership skills. We have a great team and Blue Canyon values people skills and technical competence working together.


 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.

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 Melissa Po at 720-450-8252 or

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