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Engine Technician - Instrumentation and Controls II



van horn, tx, usa
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 the Test & Flight Operations team, providing centralized support to business units with a focus on the design, build, and maintenance of the ground systems, test, and launch facilities across multiple locations.

As part of a hardworking team of diverse experts, you will help in the testing of Engines for various Vehicle configurations. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of aerospace manufacturing while working with the team to keep the shop functioning at a high level. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention toward safe and repeatable spaceflight.

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:

  • Perform hands on maintenance or modifications to Engines.
  • Perform fabrication, installation, and checkout of wire harnesses.
  • Test article integration and checkout.
  • Perform flight hardware and instrumentation systems inspections.
  • Reviewing, editing, and following test procedures and processes.
  • Operation of test facility and ground support equipment.
  • General troubleshooting of Instrumentation, and flight avionics systems.
  • Working with engineers on design concepts/improvements and development tests.
  • Perform scheduled inspections on Tested/Qualified Engines.
  • Handling and transportation of Engines from Test stand to engine processing facility.
  • Perform engine tooling maintenance and inspections.
  • Interact and work with Test/Design Engineers every day.
  • Travel to test sites to support mission at least 15% of the year.
  • Safely working with hazardous chemicals, cryogenics, and high-pressure systems.
  • Ability to work on a team or as an individual contributor.
  • Perform tasks individually assigned from leadership for the benefit of the engines team.
  • Maintain a balanced and motivated Team environment.
  • Conducts operations at elevated Heights.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Passion for our mission: Millions of people living and working in space!
  • Able to work any rotation schedule dictated by the site leadership.
  • Some Mechanical experience concerning automotive, aviation, farm equipment etc.
  • 3+ years of experience in an electrical trade.
  • Ability to closely follow and understand electrical diagrams as well as Fluid diagrams.
  • Has experience with Data Acquisition systems, instrumentation, and general electronics.
  • High school diploma or equivalent certificate
  • Experience using Calibrated tooling such as Torque Wrenches, multimeters etc.
  • Experience concerning fluid fittings such as AN, MS, compression fittings etc.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs., work in adverse weather conditions, and climb stairs/ladders.
  • Lifting, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position.
  • Must be willing to work all required shift hours, including overtime and weekends, as needed.
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and chip in to a culture 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven experience in propulsion facility systems.
  • Experience with Vehicle Launch systems.
  • Proven understanding of aerospace propulsion systems.
  • Experience working with Cryogenics i.e., Liquid oxygen, Hydrogen, Liquid natural gas.etc.
  • Able to rapidly change roles/responsibilities while working in a high-paced and challenging work environment.
  • Experience operating heavy lifting equipment such as cranes, forklifts etc.
  • Experience operating aerial lifts, scissor lifts and any vehicles used for at height maintenance.

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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