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Sr. Hardware Quality Engineer

Blue Canyon

Blue Canyon

Other Engineering, Quality Assurance
Boulder, CO, USA
Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Blue Canyon Technologies, RTX's small satellite manufacturer and mission services provider, is solving some of the toughest challenges in space. Our components and bus platforms have completed missions ranging from very-low Earth orbits to lunar and interplanetary journeys at a fraction of the cost of traditional space systems. We support premier defense, commercial and civil organizations including the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, NASA, MIT Lincoln Lab, the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, University of Colorado and more. Join our innovative and dynamic company as we build, test and operate the small spacecraft of the future.

Position Purpose: Sr. Hardware Quality Engineer is expected to provide support and data to various process owners to facilitate continuous improvement initiatives, interface with technical engineering disciplines and manufacturing technicians, assess risk for their assigned areas and mitigate it as appropriate, participate in root cause and corrective action activities, and champion quality throughout the organization.

Title: Sr. Hardware Quality Engineer

Position Type: Full Time

Pay Range: $100,000 - $185,000 (Salary to be determined by the education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities of the applicant, internal equity, and alignment with market data.)

Location: Boulder, 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:

    • Participate in risk identification reviews of manufacturing instructions and test.
    • Adjudicate inspection issues and collaborate with the responsible manufacturing and/or engineering functions to improve product and/or processes.
    • Lead defect analysis for products and process work centers and facilitate improvements.
    • Interface with Mission Assurance Managers regarding hardware status and risk review.
    • Chair the Material Review Board and participate in Failure Review Board efforts.
    • Drive closure of non-conformances and provide status to programs.
    • Identify supplier issues and address design and manufacturing areas for improvement.
    • Facilitate customer visits, audits, and process questions.
    • Support the inspection team to ensure that products and processes comply with customer requirements.
    • Assist in conducting internal audits and support calibration efforts.
    • Drive Lean Manufacturing principles throughout the organization as it pertains to quality assurance methodology.
    • Assist Quality Manager in establishing, implementing, and maintaining department process documentation.
    • Other responsibilities as assigned.

    Required Qualifications/Education:

    • BS/BA in a technical discipline. Preference in industrial engineering, engineering, or statistics, or equivalent discipline.
    • 5+ years in Quality Engineering and/or related technical role(s).
    • ASQ Certified Auditor, Quality Engineer, Certified Six Sigma Greenbelt/BlackBelt, and/or AS9100 Lead Auditor highly desired.
    • Familiarity with calibration systems (Z540 or ISO17025) is a plus.
    • Familiarity with electronics and mechanical hardware assurance methods and tools (inspection, test, analysis, MT&E.) Familiarity with electronic and mechanical components is a plus.
    • Experience with aerospace manufacturing (quality, engineering, measurement, and/or support) is necessary. Experience with spaceflight hardware and systems is a plus.
    • Working understanding of Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001, AS9100, etc.).
    • Previous experience with corrective actions, supplier engagement, and 3rd party audit support is a strong advantage.
    • Experience with IPC-600, 610, & 620 and J-STD-001 PWA and PWB requirements is preferred but not required. The candidate will be expected to achieve certification(s) shortly after hire.
    • Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education.

    Working Conditions:

    This job operates in a laboratory environment in a manufacturing company. This role uses standard laboratory and manufacturing equipment such as computers, electronic test equipment, common inspection tools and equipment, microscopes, color displays and associated office equipment. BCT anticipates the application window closing approximately 40 days from the date the notice was posted. However, factors such as candidate flow and business necessity may require BCT to shorten or extend the application window.

    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 and stand for long periods of time. The employee is commonly required to bend, reach, and walk. The position requires some light physical effort. This would require the ability to lift or move objects up to 15 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