Avionics Engineer

Los Angeles, California /
Engineering – Electronic Systems /
/ On-site
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

ABL’s Avionics Engineers know they 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.


    • Gather, define, and document requirements to meet existing and anticipated needs across the launch vehicle
    • Perform end-to-end system analyses such as power-budgets, RF link budgets, and network bandwidth assessments
    • Prepare and lead system design reviews
    • Track compliance matrices to internal and external requirements
    • Develop test plans for component or system qualification and acceptance
    • Develop, analyze and review data to validate and verify the avionics system meets specifications and design requirements

Near Term Responsibilities

    • Specify, evaluate, and test components ranging from batteries and motors to integrated circuits and sensors
    • Define and maintain interface requirements between vehicle systems
    • Evaluate and establish system requirements and architecture
    • Develop avionics hardware including schematic and PCB layout
    • Serve as responsible engineer for one or more avionics systems
    • Propose and champion next generation avionics products
    • Prepare and lead design reviews of avionics systems
    • Perform root cause and corrective action investigation for issues encountered in manufacturing, integration, and operation

Basic Qualifications

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

Preferred Skills and Experience

    • 2+ years experience with PCB design software(preferably Altium Designer) including schematic capture, layout, simulation, and fulfillment.
    • Demonstrated ability utilizing CAD design software (e.g. NX, ) 
    • Proficiency with circuit design and analysis tools (e.g. LTSpice) and simulation
    • Experience qualifying avionics systems for spaceflight
    • Experience developing or architecting systems applicable to government regulations
    • Demonstrated leadership experience 

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. 
The salary range for this role is $80,000-$130,000. 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, permanent residents, asylees, and refugees) 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.