Senior Systems Engineer, Avionics

El Segundo, California
Engineering – Electronic Systems /
Full-time /
ABL Space Systems was founded in 2017 by veterans of SpaceX and Morgan Stanley to develop low-cost launch vehicles for the small satellite industry. More importantly, we’re building a launch system we are truly proud of – no gimmicks or over-design, just reliable, rapidly deployable launches. We’re an ambitious team with big goals and, together, we’re determined to prove that reaching space can be simple, efficient, and routine.  

When launch day arrives, we want you by our side

We are a tight team with big goals. That means we need all hands on deck. At ABL, every person takes ownership of their work, and understands how it impacts our mission. Accessing space doesn’t need to be expensive, complicated, or difficult, and we’re building the systems, CONOPS, and organization to prove it. Our team has come together to pursue mastery of our domains and build something bigger than ourselves. We are proud to serve the people pushing the frontiers of space technology. Our goals are ambitious. The work is challenging. We take a deep personal responsibility for everything we make. Driven by great people and greater talent, ABL is reimagining the next generation of space launches.

ABL’s Avionics Engineers are critical to mission success, bridging the gap between hardware responsible for producing thousands of pounds of thrust and software guiding the payload safely to the correct orbit.


    • Facilitate avionics hardware development from conception to flight-ready systems.
    • Work with government agencies to ensure compliance to all safety requirements.
    • Develop component, systems, and test requirements in conjunction with engineers, stakeholders, and government agencies.
    • Lead FMEA processes for components and systems.
    • Champion safety, reliability, and performance margins for avionics components and systems while balancing timeline goals and regulations.
    • Gather, define, and document requirements to meet existing and anticipated needs for vehicle avionics.
    • Develop test plans for component validation, system qualification and acceptance
    • Develop, analyze, and review data to validate and verify the avionics system meets specifications and design requirements  
    • Collaborate with mechanical and flight sciences teams to maintain design alignment on requirements and integration 
    • Perform root cause and corrective action investigation for issues encountered in manufacturing, integration, and operations. 
    • Mentor junior members of the avionics systems team. 


    • B.S. in Aerospace or Electrical Engineering (EE), Mechanical Engineering, Computer Science (CS), Computer Engineering (CE), ), or similar from an accredited university
    • 5+ years experience in the development of aircraft, missile, spacecraft or similar electronic/avionic systems


    • Prior work designing, developing, and testing avionics hardware on launch vehicles or space systems
    • Experience designing component and test requirements
    • Experience qualifying avionics systems for spaceflight
    • Experience developing or architecting systems applicable to government regulations
    • Demonstrated leadership experience


    • Critical thinking:  ABL engineers understand the “why” behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes
    • Ability to navigate ambiguity: ABL engineers must be comfortable defining their own pathway to an objective
    • End-to end ownership:  projects are delivered fully complete and ready for flight


    • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time
    • Ability to use a computer to complete assignments
    • Ability to communicate with individuals and groups in person, by phone and telepresence
    • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will typically work in an office environment
    • This role requires occasional travel to our launch and test sites
$145,000 - $210,000 a year
The salary range for this role is $145,000-$210,000. This is the lowest to highest salary we reasonably and in good faith believe we would pay for this role at the time of this posting. We may ultimately pay more or less than the posted range, and the range may be modified in the future. An employee’s pay position within the salary range will be based on several factors including, but not limited to, relevant education, qualifications, certifications, experience, skills, geographic location, performance, and business or organizational needs.

We offer a comprehensive package of benefits including paid time off, medical/dental/vision insurance, and 401(k) to eligible employees.
ITAR Requirement
This position requires access to information protected under US export control laws, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations and/or the Export Administration Regulations.  As such, US person status (including US citizens, U.S. permanent residents, individuals granted U.S. asylum status, or individuals admitted in U.S. refugee status) is a required qualification for this position.

Equal Opportunity Employer
We are an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, genetics, or citizenship status (when otherwise legally authorized to work and access export-controlled data) and will not be discriminated against on the basis of such characteristics or any other status protected by the laws or regulations in the locations where we operate. We encourage applicants of all ages.