Controls Engineer - New Glenn Autonomy

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We are a diverse team of collaborators, doers, and problem-solvers who are relentlessly committed to a culture of safety. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable space flight. Join us in lowering the cost of access to space and enabling Blue Origin’s vision of millions of people living and working in space to benefit Earth.

As part of a hardworking team of diverse engineers, you will work on various spaceflight systems and share in the New Glenn Autonomy team’s impact on all aspects of requirements development, design, implementation, and verification of mechanical, thermal, fluid, and gaseous control systems. In this role, you will work closely with various stake holders in New Glenn subsystems and GNC teams to support the development of low and high fidelity plant models, perform analysis, and design efficient logic algorithms and state machines to manage and control various mechanical, electrical, and hydraulic actuators. You will be involved in conducting performance assessments including Monte Carlo analysis, develop unit tests for control application software, and take part in V&V activities such as HIL and subsystem test campaigns.

We are looking for someone to apply their technical expertise, leadership skills, and commitment to quality to positively impact safe human spaceflight. Passion for our mission and vision is required!


  • Bachelors degree in engineering or related control systems field with 3+ years of experience
  • Experience developing embedded control solutions for complex aerospace mechanical, thermal, hydraulic, fluid and gas systems
  • Experience with subsystem modeling, analysis and controls application development tools such as Matlab/Simulink (including autocoding)
  • Experience with classical and modern control design and analysis techniques; exposure to optimal control and estimation techniques (e.g. Kalman Filtering) is a plus
  • Experience with validation and verification approaches such as unit testing, system simulation, hardware-in-the-loop testing or integrated subsystem testing
  • Experience with Apache Subversion or Git or similar revision control systems
  • Exposure to lean software development practices and techniques; including experience with tool automation and software development using Python and C/C++
  • Highly organized team player with excellent technical written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and strengthen our culture of inclusion
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum


  • Advanced graduate degree in engineering or related control systems field with 6+ years of experience developing mission or safety-critical control system solutions
  • Experience developing real-time embedded control solutions (classical, modern, non-linear, optimal, etc.) for complex aerospace mechanical, fluid, thermal, and gas systems
  • Experience developing controls applications for hydraulic servo-valve systems and electrical motors
  • Experience modeling and analyzing control solutions with I/O transducers: displacement, rate, and acceleration sensors; pressure and temperature sensors; servo and solenoid actuators; etc.
  • Experience across the full product development lifecycle: concept definition, architecture, requirements capture and development, implementation, verification, system integration, qualification and release
  • Exposure to development of embedded control system solutions that comply with DO-160, DO-178 and DO-254 or similar guidelines
  • Familiarity with DOORs Next Generation (DNG) or similar requirements management systems; Atlassian JIRA or similar issue tracking systems
  • Passion for aerospace and the development of human spaceflight

The expected salary range for the position is displayed in accordance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act. Final agreed upon compensation is based upon individual qualifications and experience.

Estimated salary wage (Colorado only):

Engineer - Avionics, Instruments & GNC II- $95K - $143K

Engineer - Avionics, Instruments & GNC III- $117K - $176K

Engineer - Avionics, Instruments & GNC Prin- $177K - $271K

Engineer - Avionics, Instruments & GNC Sr- $142K - $214K

Export Control Regulations

Applicants for employment at Blue Origin must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Blue Origin is proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is committed to attracting, retaining, and developing a highly qualified, diverse, and dedicated work force. Blue Origin hires and promotes people on the basis of their qualifications, performance, and abilities. We support the establishment and maintenance of a workplace that fosters trust, equality, and teamwork, in which all employees recognize and appreciate the diversity of individual team members. We provide all qualified applicants for employment and employees with equal opportunities for hire, promotion, and other terms and conditions of employment, regardless of their race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin/ethnicity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic factors, military/veteran status, or any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local law. Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with applicable federal, state, and local laws. For more information on “EEO Is the Law,” please see here and here.

Blue Origin will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Washington Fair Chance Act, Los Angeles Fair Chance in Hiring Ordinance, and other applicable laws.

Affirmative Action and Disability Accommodation

Applicants wishing to receive information on Blue Origin’s Affirmative Action Plans, or applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in the application and/or interview process, please contact us at EEOCompliance@blueorigin.com.


Employee Benefits include: Medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, short and long-term disability and 401(k) with up to 5% company match.

Paid Time Off:  Provides up to 4 weeks per year, in addition to 14 holidays

Blue Origin
Blue Origin

United States, Seattle, WA - Huntsville, AL - Denver, CO - FL - Manufacturing Complex - Phoenix, AZ - Los Angeles, CA - Reston, VA

Posted 2 months ago

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