Senior Automation & Controls Engineer

Company Details

We’re on a mission to improve life on Earth from space.

Astra’s mission is to improve life on Earth from space by creating a healthier and more connected planet. Astra delivered its first commercial payload into Earth orbit in 2021, making it the fastest company in history to reach this milestone, just five years after being founded in 2016. By achieving monthly, weekly, then daily launches, we’ll create the infrastructure services our customers need in space to build a healthier and more connected planet. If you’re excited by a sense of possibility, the chance to innovate, and make a difference here on Earth, we think you should work here too.

How You’ll Fulfill Your Mission

  • Develop, commission, and support custom NFPA79 compliant automated manufacturing equipment used to scale the production of rockets and rocket sub-assemblies
  • Program, implement, and debug PLC based controls for automation, motion control, robotic, machine vision, and process equipment for rocket production
  • Design, document, and assemble custom UL508A compliant electrical cabinets and system wiring assemblies
  • Select and source sensors, motors, components and interface with suppliers and vendors
  • Drive, contribute to, and evaluate 3rd party manufacturing equipment designs
  • Write technical documents such as engineering design specifications, system one-line diagrams, wiring diagrams, technical procedures, etc.


  • BS or MS degree in Controls Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, or similar
  • 2+ years of applicable industry experience
  • PLC programming experience for automated or semi-automated industrial applications
  • Understanding of power distribution for industrial equipment and NFPA79 and UL508A standards
  • Experience with VFD, servo, or stepper motor control techniques and implementation
  • Experience with machine safety, safety circuits, E-Stop, EMO, safety relays, light curtains, interlocks, etc.
  • Working knowledge of common industrial interface protocols such as TCP/IP, Ethernet/IP, EtherCat, ModBus, DeviceNet, ProfiBus, etc.
  • Familiar with handshaking techniques for material and/or data transfer between automated industrial equipment
  • Ability to build cables and wire electrical panels as needed

Desired Multipliers

  • Experience with machine vision or AOI
  • Manufacturing or NPI experience
  • Lean Six Sigma Certification
  • Scrum project management
  • Embedded programming experience
  • Circuit design and PCB development experience

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