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Principal Spacecraft Systems Engineer

Blue Canyon

Blue Canyon

Software Engineering
Lafayette, CO, USA
Posted on Thursday, June 27, 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: This Principal Spacecraft Systems Engineer will be working in a team environment, with frequent opportunities for customer engagement, new business development, concept design, mission formulation, system analysis, and detailed design, analysis, integration, tests, verification, and on-orbit operations.

Title: Principal Spacecraft Systems Engineer

Position Type: Full Time

Pay Range: $108,000 - $220,000

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 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:

    • Develop, allocate, and manage system requirements and verification
    • Develop and maintain technical budgets for system performance
    • Author interface control documents, CONOPS definitions, and other system design documents
    • Lead and facilitate technical exchanges with customers
    • Work closely with program management office and customers to achieve mission success
    • Collaborate with other technical program leads and diverse domain expertise
    • Execute and manage key trades
    • Provide mentoring for junior Systems Engineers
    • Perform other duties as assigned

    Required Qualifications/Education:

    • 12+ years’ experience as a spacecraft systems engineer or subsystem engineer
    • Experience with at least four phases of the program life cycle (business development, mission formulation, requirements development and flow-down, integration, test, and verification, and on-orbit operations)
    • Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace, Engineering, Science, or a related technical field
    • Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education
    • Demonstrated responsibility for space hardware missions and ability to effectively work with and communicate with all levels of management and team member contributors on the program
    • Thorough understanding of the Systems Engineering development lifecycle and change management process
    • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision on projects

    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. 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 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, 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. Colorado Residents: In any materials you submit, you may redact or remove age-identifying information such as age, date of birth, or dates of school attendance or graduation. You will not be penalized for redacting or removing this information. 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