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Controls & Automation Engineer III



Software Engineering
Florida, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 2, 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!

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 dedication 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 a diverse and hardworking team of specialists and engineers, this position supports production and manufacturing groups across the company by crafting automated production machinery and establishing standards, processes, and guides for the design of control systems for spaceflight vehicle manufacturing and production. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of controls conceptualization, design, configuration, verification, installation, testing, and support. Through conversations with internal customers and external vendors, you will develop controls processes and standards while supporting tooling control projects from inception through commissioning as well as supporting the machinery on the production floor by troubleshooting problems in real time. This position specializes in tooling through design, specifications and post commission support. Additionally, you will support requests from development labs for specialty equipment and other emergent needs by providing rapid turnaround of well-designed and cost-efficient systems. Critical production support is the mainstay of this position where you will be the first responder to controls related stop production issues and will be the focal solution provider in these instances.

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


  • Strong abilities in all phases of control and automation production machinery from cradle to grave including design, process definition and simplification, deployment, qualification, troubleshooting code as well as electro-mechanical systems.
  • Proficiency with design, procurement, assembly, commissioning, and maintenance of automated equipment/machinery used for processing aerospace vehicle and component production or ground support equipment.
  • Experience in building, maintaining, and installing assembly machinery, machine tool, production automation, test automation machinery, robotic work cells, fabrication machinery, automated guided vehicles, etc. This is a machine and tooling position, responsible for ensuring production automation machinery functions as needed.
  • Operational knowledge of automated industrial machinery which include motors, servos, drives, pumps, relays, PLC, HMI, safety devices, 3 phase power, communication devices and all phases of industrial electrical controls.
  • Ability to set up both A/C and D/C drives as well as possessing the ability to troubleshoot PLC code. Must be able to create/generate machine control logic (PLC programming experience) using Siemens TIA portal and/or Rockwell.
  • Experience developing and validating specifications for the contracting of production machinery that is used in the manufacturing of aerospace vehicles.
  • Experience leading contractors during the design, assembly, and installation phases of the tooling and equipment design process.
  • Proficient with Controls and Automation Hardware/Software (ex. Siemens TIA Portal, Rockwell, Beckhoff, PLC programming/debug, six-axis mechanical robot programming (Fanuc, KUKA)
  • Ability to interpret and review electrical and mechanical drawings.
  • A demeanor of outstanding quality, attention to detail, and dedication
  • Ability to communicate successfully, clearly, and with modesty to collaborators and customers.
  • B.S. degree (or higher) required in Mechatronics, Electrical, Controls, Automation, or other relevant engineering field.
  • 5+ years’ experience designing, integrating tooling or equipment used in the manufacture, assembly, and test of aerospace hardware.
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute 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.
  • Position will support A shift operations; with call out support for other shifts on a rotation basis.


  • Familiar with various control systems standards such as IEC 61131, ANSI B11, NFPA 79, and RIA 15.06
  • Experience with writing and developing software in a high-level language such as Python, C#, etc..
  • Excellent technical writing, grammar, and presentation experience
  • Experience with electrical verification of machines
  • Experience with process automation equipment & tooling

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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