Senior Electrical Engineer

  • Full-Time
  • USA
  • Posted 5 months ago
  • Salary: $126,000 - $157,000 per year

Company Details

As a member of the Blue Origin family of companies, Honeybee Robotics designs and builds robotics to explore and utilize space. Founded in 1983, we received our first NASA contract in 1986. Since then, we’ve pushed technical boundaries to pursue bold, audacious ideas on critical missions.  We’re looking for technically brilliant people in engineering, software, and various support fields who take ownership of their work, enjoy collaborating in teams, and have a laser focus on the details that drive excellence.

Job Description

The Senior Electrical Engineer is responsible for flight avionics development, sample acquisition, handling devices, and other instruments used in planetary exploration and space applications. The Senior Electrical Engineer will report directly to the Avionics Manager, interfacing with customers and inter-disciplinary project teams to develop electrical components and avionics systems and provide organization-wide technical leadership.


  • Serve as a technical leader within the organization, mentoring junior engineers and helping to define and standardize processes.
  • Systems requirements definition and analog and digital circuit design for autonomous spacecraft instruments.
  • Design, manufacturing, and checkout of custom high-reliability PCBs for various avionics applications.
  • Harness design and assembly instructions for high-reliability applications.
  • Electrical ground support equipment (EGSE) design and documentation.
  • Analysis and test planning, execution, and data review for verification of requirements for electrical systems.
  • Develop and generate work instruction packages for manufacturing and testing.
  • Support R&D and flight projects through all phases of development and delivery.
  • Proactively identify roadblocks to technical progress and take steps to mitigate them.
  • Provide subject matter expertise in flight avionics and electrical components, consulting with project teams and reviewing designs and test plans of electrical-engineering peers.

Required Qualifications:

  • BS or MS in Electrical Engineering or related engineering field.
  • 5+ years in spacecraft system design (Power, Motion, Propulsion, Telemetry / Command) and 8+ years general engineering experience.
  • Familiarity with EEE-INST-002 parts classification, selection of radiation-hardness-assured components, and radiation-mitigation strategies.
  • Proficiency in most of the following:
    • Worst-case analysis, circuit Finite Element Analysis, and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA).
    • Design and application of digital communication protocols such as UART, SPI, I2C, RS-422, RS-232, CAN.
    • Power system design, specifically Buck/Boost and LDO topologies and distributed grounding schemes.
    • Low-noise analog design for mixed sensor types (PRT, thermocouple, photodiode, etc).
  • Experience or familiarity with most of the following:
    • High-voltage electrical systems (120V+) and battery technologies used on spacecraft.
    • Execution of environmental tests as per standards such as MIL-STD-461 or GSFC-STD-7000.
    • IPC-JSTD-001 requirements soldered electronic assemblies (inspection and operation).
    • NASA 8739.4 harnessing standard and general requirements for harness design.
    • Motor drive design for Brushless DC (BLDC) motors.
    • FPGA- or MCU-based embedded system design.
  • Proficient in using lab equipment such as oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, electronic loads, and LCR meters.
  • Experience with Altium schematic capture and PCB layout tool or equivalent, and Microsoft Visio or similar tool.
  • Strong communication skills and experience presenting technical detail to external customers.
  • Detail-oriented with an emphasis on design documentation and summary report generation.
  • Experience as a people leader and mentor is highly desirable.


Salary range: $126,000 – $157,000 per year. Salary is determined by the applicant’s education, experience, knowledge, skills, abilities, internal equity, and alignment with market data.


  • Employee Benefits include medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability, and 401(k) with up to 4.5% company match.
  • Paid Time Off includes up to 4 weeks per year, paid sick leave, and 13 holidays.

Applicants for employment at Honeybee Robotics, LLC must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

Honeybee Robotics, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, or veteran status.

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