Hardware Development Engineer

Los Angeles, California /
ABL Space Systems /
ABL's Hardware Development Engineers design and operate a wide variety of rocket and ground systems, creating robust machines that just work. They are the go-to doers of ABL that solve problems and move the company forward.

From test stands to vehicle structures to mechanisms,  the Hardware Development Engineer's scope is broad and multi-disciplinary. Good Hardware Development Engineers recognize that their ownership of a product is fully inclusive - they are responsible for dreaming, designing, developing, building, qualifying, and flying their hardware.


    • Take ownership of a critical product, system, or test campaign
    • Identify and trade strategies to meet design requirements and select the right approach
    • Perform system sizing and analysis using hand calculations, custom scripts and more advanced analysis packages
    • Execute design work, considering manufacturing and operational constraints
    • Develop, test, and qualify the product or systems, or design and execute the test campaign
    • Develop production methodology and support initial builds
    • Design and build test hardware and production tooling

Basic qualifications

    • B.S. in any engineering discipline from an accredited university
    • One of the following experience bases:
    • ‍2+ years of industry experience in a production, integration & test, or design role
    • Hands-on extracurricular projects or internships/co-ops

Preferred skills and experience

    • Demonstrated ability utilizing CAD design software (e.g. NX, CATIA, CREO/PRO-E)
    • Demonstrated analysis capability using hand-calcs as well as finite element analysis (e.g. ANSYS, ABAQUS, NASTRAN)
    • Preliminary understanding of manufacturing processes and GD&T
    • Ability to program scripts in Python or MATLAB
    • Strong understanding of compressible/incompressible flow and thermodynamics
    • Aerospace hardware design and development
    • Writing and executing test procedures for complex hardware operations
    • Technical writing and communication including test plans and design reviews

What we look for

    • 1. Critical thinking: ABL engineers understand the "why" behind all design decisions, operational events and test outcomes.  
    • 2. Ability to deal with ambiguity: there is no roadmap and ABL engineers must be comfortable defining their own pathway to an objective. 
    • 3. End-to-end ownership: projects are delivered fully complete and ready for flight; there is no one to pick up the slack of partially complete work. 
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, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) is a required qualification for this position.

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.