Hardware Test Engineer

Los Angeles, CA (Hawthorne) /
Avionics /
Full Time
/ On-site
Launcher develops the world’s most efficient rockets and transfer vehicles to deliver small satellites to orbit. Please visit our careers website to learn more about Launcher's strategy and benefits.

The Avionics Team

Launcher’s avionics group works to design, develop, test, integrate, launch and operate all the electronic hardware and software for our vehicles. This includes but is not limited to: flight software, flight computers, power conversion units, analog and digital circuit boards, FPGA HDL, RF communication units, GN&C sensors and actuators as well as enclosure and wire harness development. 

Our team is made up of the very best minds from the aerospace industry. We are experts in fault-tolerant spacecraft avionics and we’ve played significant roles within NASA/JPL’s avionics and robotics communities, SpaceX and Google. We’ve designed hardware and software for use on Earth, the International Space Station, in orbit around Earth's moon, Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. We’ve even driven rovers on Mars. As a hardcore engineering team, we don’t believe in half measures and we’re looking for more engineers just like us. If this sounds like where you belong, we’d like to hear from you.

The Role

As a Hardware Test Engineer you will be working under the direction of Launcher’s Avionics leaders to test avionics hardware, Launcher designed flight computers and the flight software for all Launcher vehicles. You will support ongoing propulsion testing and advance the development of our Avionics software test and simulation platforms for our products: Launcher Engine-2, Launcher Orbiter, and Launcher Light

This is a unique chance to test and develop world class software with our team who have worked on some of the most advanced spacecraft ever to leave the planet.  Most importantly, you will work as part of a team that believes that finding and fixing errors is a positive experience that will make everyone’s work better, and makes the team stronger as we continuously improve our processes and products.

Responsibilities

General
Develop and maintain systems to support software testing on flight hardware.
Develop and support simulations of Launcher vehicles.
Develop test stands for hardware in the loop testing.
Maintain testing lab and supplies.

Engine
Support engine testing at NASA SSC
Support and upgrade test stand electronics and software.

Orbiter
Support Orbiter hardware and engine testing.
Develop Orbiter simulation systems.

Launcher Light
Develop Launcher Light simulation environment and systems.

Required Qualifications, Skills, and Experience

    • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, or similar area of study.
    • Strong C++ coding skills are a must. 
    • Able to work in a Linux environment. Knows how to work in a continuous build and test environment and understand the tools used. 
    • Familiarity with Git, Cmake, and GNU tools. Knows how to read schematics and hardware datasheets. 
    • Hands-on experience with communication protocols such as UART, SPI, I2C, and USB.
    • Skilled with National Instruments DAQs, Labview, Python, and TCP/IP. 

Preferred Skills

    • Knowledge of Linux device drivers and U-Boot environment.
    • Electronics wiring and soldering.
    • Able to design and build simple printed circuit boards.
    • Able to design and print simple parts on 3D printers.
ITAR Requirement

As we must adhere to the U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. All applicants must indicate their immigration status on their resume and/or cover letter.

Equal Opportunity

Launcher is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.