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Avionics Principal Electrical Engineer



Other Engineering
Seattle, WA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 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!

As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will help design and develop engine avionics that meet Blue Origin’s rocket engine requirements for various spaceflight systems. You will contribute to engine avionics design and development by defining system, hardware architectures that meet program requirements while enabling re-use at an appropriate level. This individual will develop best practices, processes, lessons learned and serve as an electrical design leader within the Engine Avionics organization. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.


  • Be the senior electrical design expert in an organization that develops rocket engine control systems. You will be the senior technical resource, mentor and technical decision maker in a team of multi-disciplined electrical engineers.
  • Lead and Support trade studies to select the right technical architectures for the engine avionics organization
  • Develop long term roadmaps for hardware architectures that supports program, business and technical needs
  • Define processes and best practices that enable a systems engineering driven process for avionics development. Ensure engine avionics sub-system development programs adhere to standards such as DO-254.
  • Lead and support peer reviews of technical solutions
  • Lead technical evaluation committee reviews for major program milestones (SRR, PDR, CDR, etc) for Blue Engine avionics teams.
  • Support teams in technical program execution including but not limited to being an individual contributor when called upon.
  • Work with other internal organizations to collect, develop, and share best practices, lessons learned, engine avionics roadmaps, development tools and other relevant technical material that benefits Team Blue.
  • Collaborate with suppliers, supply chain and manufacturing to evaluate component parts and sub-assemblies that address roadmap and program needs.


  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in electrical engineering. Advanced degree in electrical engineering preferred, or a degree in a related discipline with corresponding deep technical understanding of electronics.
  • Ten years or greater of related industry experience.
  • Experience setting technical direction and driving teams technically. This is not a management position, but influencing others through technical leadership is important.
  • An established reputation in hardware/electronics development, preferably with aerospace experience
  • Expert at all phases of the hardware/electronics development cycle, especially as applicable to avionics development.
  • Experience defining and executing fault tolerant HW design
  • Familiarity with avionics electronic component selection in high reliability environments
  • Experience with DO-254 development programs
  • Excellent understanding of exploiting analytical tools
  • Ability to work effectively in teams
  • Ability to determine the right level of technical re-use that is achievable with ability to collaborate with teams to help them make the right technical architectural decisions without forcing commonality
  • Hands on experience with laboratory test equipment and ability to lead and debug complex electronic systems.
  • Excellent understanding of exploiting analytical tools
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and strengthen our culture of inclusion
  • Ability to communicate analysis results effectively
  • 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.


  • Experience with systems engineering
  • Expert at analog instrumentation measurement circuits such as those used for precision temperature sensors and pressure transducers.
  • Strong knowledge at electrical power conversion, such as DC voltage conversion
  • Experience developing electronics that operate in space radiation environments
  • Experience developing electric motor drive electronics is a plus
  • FPGA development methodologies as used in high DAL DO-254 implementations.
  • Fundamental understanding of avionics SW

Compensation range for on-site WA applicants is $198,993-$265,324

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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