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Ground System I&C Engineer II - New Shepard



Multiple locations
Posted on Thursday, June 6, 2024

At Blue Origin, we envision millions of people living and working in space for the benefit of Earth. We’re working to develop reusable, safe, and low-cost space vehicles and systems within a culture of safety, collaboration, and inclusion. Join our diverse team of problem solvers as we add new chapters to the history of spaceflight!

This role is a part of New Shepard, a reusable suborbital rocket system designed to take astronauts and research payloads past the Kármán line, the internationally recognized boundary of space. Through operational reusability, New Shepard supports our mission of lowering the cost of access to space.

As part of a diverse and hard-working maintenance/sustaining engineering team you will maintain, sustain and improve the design and develop of ground system instrumentation and control (I&C) hardware and software for the Launch/Land Complex and associated ground support equipment for the New Shepard program.

Special Mentions

  • Relocation provided

  • Interviews will include a technical assessment

Van Horn Specific information

Being at the heart of Blue Origin operations, the West Texas Site in Van Horn, TX offers eligible employee’s additional attractive financial incentives to supplement their competitive base earnings, including a living allowance and relocation assistance. Eligibility for these additional benefits is based on the employee’s ability to permanently relocate to Van Horn, TX, or travel to Van Horn from another Blue location a minimum of 50% of the time.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain, sustain and improve instrumentation and controls (I&C) systems for all New Shepard Ground Subsystems

  • Participate in I&C project scope definition, defining project priorities, and the day-to-day activities for maintenance engineering and sustainment engineering at the launch site

  • Work with in-house production organizations to resolve challenges encountered during procurement and install of I&C equipment supporting ground systems.

  • Work with ground systems, vehicle operations and maintenance teams to resolve challenges encountered with I&C equipment used to launch, land, and maintain the flight vehicles.

  • Perform operations and maintenance activities consistent with design intent and defined requirements.

  • Ensure that new development and updates to ground I&C software are completed on-time.

  • Work with Lead Systems Engineers to ensure that I&C subsystem requirements are developed and maintained to accurately define the ground electrical control and instrumentation sub-system.

  • Take ownership of a project, including procurement, engineering deadlines, and implementation timeline to support an on-time project schedule.

Minimum Qualifications

  • BS degree or higher in Electrical Engineering (or equivalent)

  • 3+ years of experience as a Controls Engineer working on automation and/or electromechanical systems

  • Work experience dealing with process automation and electromechanical / mechatronic systems

  • Experience in the setup, commissioning and programming of industrial controls equipment and related instrumentation.

  • Experience in maintaining, servicing and replacing electrical controls devices and instrumentation.

  • Ability to read and understand electrical drawings and instrumentation piping and instrumentation diagrams (P&ID).

  • Experience with electrical drawing changes, markups and revisions.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 5+ years of experience as a Controls Engineer working on automation and/or electromechanical systems

  • Experience with using AutoCAD or AutoCAD electrical to modify and create electrical drawings.

  • Experience with programming Allen Bradley, Siemens and Omron PLCs is desirable.

  • Experience with electrical controls safety standards and machine safety standards is desirable.

  • Experience in selecting appropriate electrical circuit protectors, wire and cable, sensors, safety hardware, PLC hardware, motion control systems.

  • Experience in reporting on the status of projects, technical analysis, compliance to standards, issues resolution, and stakeholder communication.

Compensation range for on site WA applicants is $109,980-$153,972

Other site ranges may differ

Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the requisition is closed.

Inclusivity Statement

Don’t meet all desired requirements? 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 desired qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.

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.


Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, paid parental leave, short and long-term disability, 401(k) with a company match of up to 5%, and an Education Support Program.

Paid Time Off: Up to four (4) weeks per year based on weekly scheduled hours, and up to 14 company-paid holidays.

Discretionary bonus: Bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results.

Eligibility for benefits varies by role type, please check with your recruiter for a comprehensive list of the benefits available for this role.

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, including the Washington Fair Chance Act, the California Fair Chance Act, the Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here.

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