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Controls and Systems Analysis Engineer II

Blue Origin

Blue Origin

Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Monday, September 18, 2023

We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

As part of an innovative team of engineers, you will impact the development and maturation of Liquid Propulsion Rocket Engine (LPRE) control algorithms and simulation models. As a Control & System Analysis (CSA) engineer, your input and guidance will affect LPRE control system design at all stages of the development lifecycle. Ability to interface and coordinate resources with engine controller hardware, engine controller software, hardware in the loop (HIL), and vehicle control/simulation teams is imperative. You will perform engine transient analyses to determine compliance to performance requirements. An insistence on high standards is required to improve engine control system models based on system performance, mission requirements, program targets and constraints. Additional responsibilities include the establishment of processes and standard methodologies for transient model development and analysis methods, and the continuous improvement of analytical capabilities and tools. There will be opportunities for contribution to engine control and system analysis technology roadmap and strategy formulation, as well as technical and professional mentorship for junior team members.

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership experience, and dedication to excellence to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!


  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in relevant engineering subject area (aerospace, mechanical, electrical, physics or software desired)

  • 2+ years of experience in transient system modeling of engineering systems

  • Demonstrated proficiency of linear control theory fundamentals as well as control system principles

  • Familiarity with thermodynamic, mechanical, and fluid systems

  • Proficiency in programming and knowledge of at least one programming/scripting language (Python/MATLAB/Simulink/C++)

  • Basic understanding of numerical methods

  • Interpersonal skills and proven track record to work on a team

  • Ability to learn and work with technical guidance on engine modeling, simulation and control system analysis tasks, and balance several tasks at one time

  • Ability to clearly communicate technical analysis results to other teams and leadership

  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and strengthen our ethos of inclusion

  • 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.


  • Familiarity with LPRE control system(s) preferred

  • Graduate level engineering degree in relevant engineering subject area

  • Experience with advanced control strategies (e.g. robust control, model predictive control, optimal control, adaptive control)

  • Basic project management skills

  • Basic configuration management experience

  • Basic version control software experience

  • Familiarity with simulation tools such as Simulink and MATLAB

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

Compensation range for on site WA applicants is $115,290 - $169,092

Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin 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.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.

Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Washington Fair Chance Act, Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws.

Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation


Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave (must be employed at time of birth or adoption), short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program available after 1 year of service.

Paid Time Off: Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays for all regular employees (including part-time), fixed-term, and interns.

Discretionary bonus: Employees may be eligible for discretionary bonuses in addition to base pay. Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.