Electrical Ground Support Systems Engineer

Blue Origin   •  

Kent, WA

Industry: Aerospace & Defense


11 - 15 years

Posted 63 days ago

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As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will design, develop, fabricate, and activate Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) required for various spaceflight systems. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of ground systems design and vehicle operations. This is a hands-on position focused on EGSE and harness development, fabrication, checkout, and delivery to vehicle launch and recovery operations. Major elements include umbilical selection and qualification, harness design for retract mechanisms, test equipment (e.g. breakout boxes, DITMCO test-sets), and integrated LV test equipment (e.g. hardware emulators, hardware in-the-loop testing), which interface with critical flight hardware to support launch vehicle processing. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.


  • Develop EGSE and harness requirements, including requirements flow-down and verification plans
  • Manage designs, analyses, and development of complex EGSE, umbilical retract cabling, and test equipment
  • Create interface and control documents for umbilical harnessing, including recovery (robotic) operations
  • Support trade studies and configuration development efforts for booms and mechanisms
  • Coach, mentor, and technically assist other engineers
  • Create drawings, specifications, and other documentation
  • Champion mission assurance principles throughout the organization
  • Plan and conduct EGSE activation, verification tests, and data reviews
  • Maintain and report on scheduled activities, budget, and technical status
  • Identify opportunities for safety improvements and operational cost savings
  • Identify and design vehicle simulators to test EGSE before 1st use at the launch site or landing platform
  • Oversee EGSE/harness procurement, fabrication, and qualification, including subcontractor management


  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in engineering (electrical, mechanical, aerospace or avionics)
  • 10+ years’ experience with complex electrical systems designs, operations, and maintenance
  • Expertise in harness schematic, assembly, and installation designs for launch vehicles, sensors, and umbilical’s
  • Development/management experience with mission critical operations, including vehicle separation systems
  • Strong safety mindset, including hands-on experience planning/conducting hazardous or critical operations
  • Strong project and budget management skills, focused on leading small- to medium-sized teams, integrating complex subsystems to meet top-level system requirements
  • Travel – Coordinating EGSE designs will require travel to vendors, and between Kent, WA and CCAFS
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.


  • Knowledge of systems engineering practices, fabrication and assembly processes, and quality control principles
  • Experience in launch vehicle manufacturing, integration, and testing, including mechanical separation systems and robotics
  • Sub-contract and supplier management experience, including requests for proposal, specification development, and statements of work
  • Skilled in project planning and cost/schedule estimation, including personnel management and mentoring