Guidance, Navigation, and Controls (GN&C) Engineer II

Engineering · Lafayette, Colorado
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Entry-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: A GN&C Engineer II has full GN&C subsystem responsibility for multiple space missions, including all program phases from new business development through on-orbit operations, with limited oversight from senior engineers. A GN&C Engineer II will help support development of new and improved capabilities, features, and infrastructure of the GN&C subsystem.

Title: Guidance, Navigation, and Controls (GN&C) Engineer II

Position Type: Full Time

Pay Range: $95,000 - $140,000 (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:

  • 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
  • Support continued evolution of GN&C processes and tools/infrastructure
  • Support GN&C hardware selection and performance
  • Participate in all mission phases including new business development, design reviews, software and hardware-level test, on-orbit commissioning and operations
  • Other responsibilities as assigned


Required Qualifications/Education:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering or related Engineering discipline with 0-5 years related experience
  • Experience with MATLAB/Simulink
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision on projects involving both small and large engineering teams
  • Must be able to work in a highly collaborative, fast-paced environment with emphasis on rapid prototyping and fielding of capabilities
  • Familiarity with spacecraft GN&C, ranging from orbital mechanics, spacecraft sensors and actuators, and attitude dynamics and controls
  • Experience with running 6-DOF simulation
  • Experience with configuration management and issue tracking tools
  • Experience with C and Ruby languages
  • Practical experience working with orbital vehicles or autonomous systems, embedded software, and algorithmic design
  • Previous experience with small satellites, especially small satellite GN&C
  • Experience with simulator/hardware test development and execution, as well as mission operations is a plus
  • Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education

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.

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, 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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