Firefly Instrumentation/Controls Engineers within the launch group leverage their creative background and expertise to design controls and instrumentation systems used to support integration, test & launch of Firefly vehicles. In this role you will be responsible for evaluating, developing, designing, building, installing, and servicing vehicle and ground control systems for the Firefly test & launch team.
The Electrical Ground Systems Equipment (GSE) Engineer will be responsible for the electrical design, development, test, and qualification of instrumentation, control, and power systems in support of test & launch operations. Duties will require close coordination with electrical technicians, test operations and production teams to facilitate equipment tests required for test & launch operations. You will ultimately be responsible for equipment specification, electrical design, and implementation of test stand upgrades/improvements, as well as the generation and maintenance of GSE electrical drawings.
The ideal candidate for this position possesses a thorough grounding and experience with low voltage electrical design, troubleshooting, and a functional knowledge of electronic, electromagnetic, digital signals, digital data transport, and data management systems to ensure internal and external communication of data is configured in the most effective and reliable way. You will have full ownership of your project from the initial concept through all phases of the design, analysis, implementation and operations of your systems. Rockets don�t fly without your support equipment!
- Design, develop, test and introduce the controls, human-machine interface, data acquisition and PLC systems for equipment involving mechanical, electrical, electronic controls and fluid handling systems
- Generate instrumentation and control system drawing packages for projects. These drawings include Control and I/O diagrams, instrument and control cable schedules, instrument loop diagrams, junction box wiring diagrams, control panel layout and wiring diagrams
- Obtain and evaluate Launch Range standards for all required instrument, data transport and electrical equipment to be purchased for projects
- Obtain and evaluate vendor quotations for all required instrument and electrical equipment to be purchased for projects
- Create and conduct in-house testing and development of equipment
- Work as a team, with both technicians and launch & test personnel in performing check outs and commissioning of installed instrument and electrical systems, including the calibration and/or configuration of instrument devices
- Work with operations team to ensure compliance with all regulatory and safety requirements, proper and timely build of equipment, and cost reduction in design
- Handle all controls and communications aspects of installation, including pre-installation site surveys, controls installation preparedness, personnel training, engineering support to technicians, and equipment commissioning
- Perform site checkouts for test & launch operations and support launch and test day as needed
- Travel to test & launch sites as required to support the overall program
- Bachelors� degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering aerospace engineering or related engineering discipline
- Strong team-building mentality
- Ability to adapt in a quickly changing environment
- Ability to learn quickly and self-motivate
- Good oral and written communications skills
- 3+ years of recent experience in a professional setting outside the classroom in control systems for Oil and Gas facilities, aerospace ground or vehicle control systems
- Familiarity with ISO, ITU, FCC, IEEE, RCC, ANSI, EIA and TIA codes and electrical codes and requirements.
- Ability to create process flow diagrams (P&ID, cause & effect chart, control narrative, instrument index)
- Ability to assist in building of panels and wire hardware based off drawings
- Experience with National Instrument Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) for configuring and troubleshooting devices for use with LabView
To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) 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.
Firefly Aerospace, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Firefly is governed based on merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by 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.