Senior Ground System Instrumentation and Controls Engineer

Blue Origin, LLC

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$70.20 /h
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Seattle, WA

Job Description

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Job Overview:

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 hard-working team of engineers, you will design and develop ground system instrumentation and control (I&C) hardware and software for the Launch/Land Complex and associated GSE for the New Shepard program. You will be responsible for these systems’ complete product life cycle from initial requirements through system commissioning including design, manufacturing, test support, performing test data reviews, processing non-conforming hardware, and writing technical reports. The ground I&C sub-system consists of the control hardware and software for the cryogenic storage & distribution propellent systems, high pressure storage & distribution pneumatic systems, audio/video systems, radio communication systems, and various related support systems required to launch, land, recover and maintain the New Shepard flight vehicle. You will need to have a strong technical background in I&C and electrical design and development to industry, safety, and assurance standards. You will be reporting directly to the Ground System Element Lead within the New Shepard business unit. The position will require some travel to our Launch Site One facility in West Texas to support development, maintenance, and launch operations as required.

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


  • Oversee all aspects of the New Shepard Ground I&C Subsystem

  • Lead scope definition, subsystem priorities, and day-to-day activities of a team of dedicated engineers, designers, and analysts to create solutions to complex problems

  • Work with in and out of house production organizations to resolve challenges encountered during manufacturing or procurement of fluid systems.

  • Work with ground and vehicle operations and maintenance teams to resolve challenges encountered on the fielded equipment to launch, land, and maintain the flight vehicles.

  • Ensure operations and maintenance activities are conducted consistent with design intent and defined requirements.

  • Work with the software architecture team to ensure new development and updates to ground I&C software are completed on-time.

  • Collaboration with a Project Manager, develop and integrate project schedules and analyze/optimize those schedules to meet program goals and deadlines.

  • Coordinate resource support plans with the production and engineering functional organizations.

  • Collaboration with technical designers and configuration management to establish product structures and configuration management for the entire subsystem.

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

  • Required to take ownership of dependencies, including engineering deadlines; supply chain and internal manufacturing as necessary to support end item delivery schedule


  • Minimum of a B.S. degree in engineering (electrical or computer desired)

  • Domain professional in electrical control and instrumentation system architecture through design and development

  • Strong technical fundamentals in electrical engineering.

  • Professional in software development using PLC Ladder Logic, LabVIEW, Python, or C/C++

  • Proficiency with computer aided design (CAD) tools.

  • Experienced with project management toolsets and methods.

  • 10+ year of industry experience in a related field.

  • 5+ years proven ability guiding and mentoring less experienced engineers

  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to our inclusive culture.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • M.S. in engineering subject area or higher

  • PMP Certification or equivalent level of experience in project management

  • Experience with Creo (Pro/E) Wildfire 5 or greater, Windchill 10

  • Strong knowledge of entire avionics product/system from design, development, commissioning, and production

  • Familiarity with Earned Value Management System (EVMS)

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 $146,025-$214,170

Compensation range for on site CA applicants is $146,025-$214,170

Other site ranges may differ

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

Applicants wishing to receive information on Blue Origin’s Affirmative Action Plans, or applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application and/or interview process, please contact us at


Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability and 401(k) with up to 5% company match.

Paid Time Off: Provides up to 4 weeks per year, in addition to 14 holidays

Discretionary bonus programs