👷 Senior Automation & Controls Engineer

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Senior Automation & Controls Engineer

Astra is on a mission to improve life on Earth from space. Astra’s first flight to space was within 4 years of its inception, making it the fastest company to reach space. By achieving monthly, then weekly, then daily launch, we'll create the infrastructure services our customers need in space to build a healthier and more connected planet. If you're excited by a sense of possibility, the chance to innovate, and make a difference here on Earth, we think you should work here too.

How You’ll Fulfill Your Mission  

  • Develop, commission, and support custom NFPA79 compliant automated manufacturing equipment used to scale the production of rockets and rocket sub-assemblies
  • Program, implement, and debug PLC based controls for automation, motion control, robotic, machine vision, and process equipment for rocket production
  • Design, document, and assemble custom UL508A compliant electrical cabinets and system wiring assemblies
  • Select and source sensors, motors, components and interface with suppliers and vendors
  • Drive, contribute to, and evaluate 3rd party manufacturing equipment designs
  • Write technical documents such as engineering design specifications, system one-line diagrams, wiring diagrams, technical procedures, etc.


  • BS or MS degree in Controls Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechatronics, or similar
  • 2+ years of applicable industry experience
  • PLC programming experience for automated or semi-automated industrial applications
  • Understanding of power distribution for industrial equipment and NFPA79 and UL508A standards
  • Experience with VFD, servo, or stepper motor control techniques and implementation
  • Experience with machine safety, safety circuits, E-Stop, EMO, safety relays, light curtains, interlocks, etc.
  • Working knowledge of common industrial interface protocols such as TCP/IP, Ethernet/IP, EtherCat, ModBus, DeviceNet, ProfiBus, etc.
  • Familiar with handshaking techniques for material and/or data transfer between automated industrial equipment
  • Ability to build cables and wire electrical panels as needed

Desired Multipliers 

  • Experience with machine vision or AOI
  • Manufacturing or NPI experience
  • Lean Six Sigma Certification
  • Scrum project management
  • Embedded programming experience
  • Circuit design and PCB development experience

ITAR Requirements: This position requires compliance with U.S. Government space technology  trade restrictions, specifically the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and additional regulations governing satellite, launch vehicle, missile, and other related technologies.  All jobs restricted by these regulations will be contingent upon the applicant’s status as a documented U.S. Person or their ability to receive a trade license from the cognizant government agency; in addition to any required company background checks and in compliance with applicable U.S. and California laws.  Similarly, positions requiring the ability to work on government contracts or a security clearance are also contingent upon the applicants ability to receive the appropriate clearance and be allowed to work on U.S. government contracts.

© Astra Space Inc. All rights reserved, Astra is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We encourage people of different backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and perspectives to apply.

San Francisco Applicants: Astra will consider applicants with arrest and conviction records (criminal histories) in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.



United States, Alameda, CA, United States

Posted 14d ago