Senior Component Engineer II

El Segundo, CA /
Engineering – Electronics /
/ On-site
Please Note: To conform with the United States Government Space Technology Export Regulations, the applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., conditional resident, asylee or refugee (protected individuals as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

At CesiumAstro, we are developers and pioneers of out-of-the-box communication systems for satellites, UAVs, launch vehicles, and other space and airborne platforms. We take pride in our dynamic and cross-functional work environment, which allows us to learn, develop, and engage across our organization. If you are looking for hands-on, interactive, and autonomous work, CesiumAstro is the place for you. We are actively seeking passionate, collaborative, energetic, and forward-thinking individuals to join our team.

We are looking to add a Senior Component Engineer II to our team. If you enjoy working in a startup environment and are passionate about developing leading-edge electronics for satellites, spacecraft, and aerospace systems, we would like to hear from you.

In this position, you will be a key member of our product development team, leading the parts and component selection, qualification, failure root-cause analysis, standardization, vendor evaluations, and performance verification efforts. The ideal candidate is experienced in EEE components engineering for aerospace or automotive electronics. 

Key Responsibilities Include:

    • High-reliability EEE parts selection, standardization, qualification, and performance verification
    • Work with all functional groups to develop and maintain our EEE Part Standards and Policies.
    • EEE part expertise and support on aerospace programs, review customer requests for proposals, statements of work and specifications to identify parts requirements.
    • Being Cesium’s technical representative with customers to define testing and qualification requirements for all EEE parts.
    • Develop a roadmap for state-of-the-art parts and components, and work with the engineering design team for an effective product upgrade strategy.
    • Evaluate components for compliance to industry requirements such INST-002, AEC-Q100, TOR, JEDEC, and others.
    • Assist in the selection, evaluation and approval of new components during the NPI development stage.
    • Generate EEE part procurement and screening documents for military and aerospace programs as required by commercial and DoD standards and contracts.
    • Write and review Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) to component level procurement and test control documents.
    • Review screening and test data received from manufacturers and test laboratories for compliance to specifications, purchase order requirements, and program contracts.
    • Evaluate defective components and failure analysis reports as required. Interface internally with design engineers, reliability engineers, and quality engineers in support of risk mitigation and product development review efforts.
    • Development of Source Control Drawings and Alter Item Drawings for space-grade components
    • Preparation of Non-Standard Parts Approval Requests (NSPAR), SDRLs and As-Designed and As-Built Parts Lists to meet program’s Parts, Materials and Processes (PMP) requirements, GIDEP review and disposition support.
    • Perform and review key reliability analyses: prediction, derating, and FMECA. 
    • Apply military and aerospace industry reliability criteria (MIL-HDBK-217F, MIL-STD-1547B, etc) to analyses and coordinate adjustments for compliance with designers
    • Perform cost analysis of BoM, components research and obsolescence mitigation, and vendors/supplier audits.


    • Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in Electrical Engineering is required. Other technical degrees (e.g. Physics, Material Science, Microelectronics/Semiconductor Engineering) will be considered.
    • Minimum 7 years of relevant prior experience as a component engineer.
    • Experience in assessing components for compliance with industry requirements such as INST-002, AEC-Q100, TOR, JEDEC, and others.
    • Knowledge of component selection, qualification, screening and derating for military and aerospace.
    • Knowledge of Space/Hi-rel component screening methods.
    • Experience in writing and reviewing Engineering Change Orders (ECOs) to component level procurement and test control documents.
    • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Strong desire to change an industry and disrupt incumbent players.
    • Sense of urgency, with the ability to work independently under agile development timelines.
    • Willingness to learn and work in both a support capacity and as a lead on differing functions.

Preferred Experience Includes:

    • Master’s or PhD in Electrical Engineering, Materials Science or other relevant discipline.
    • Knowledge and working history with key reliability analyses for space mission hardware (prediction, derating, FMECA, WCA).
    • Experience with radiation effects on electronics (TID, SEE) and common mitigation techniques.
    • Experience working with space and Hi-Rel suppliers.
    • Knowledge of EEE component manufacturing processes.
    • Background in RF or communication technologies.
$95,000 - $140,000 a year
CesiumAstro considers several factors when extending an offer, including but not limited to, the role and associated responsibilities, a candidate’s work experience, education/training, and key skills. We also provide generous benefits and stock option packages to all our employees.
CesiumAstro, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.