👷 Flight Ops Engineer - Integrated Communications II

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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 flight operations professionals, you will operate and launch spaceflight systems. You will share in the team’s impact on all aspects of the re-usable rocket operation and commercial spaceflight.  

After completing a challenging hands-on training program and successfully certifying, you will operate the Integrated Communications systems at our Texas launch site in support of New Shepard pre-launch, launch, and post-launch activities. As an Integrated Communications flight controller, your role will be pivotal in carrying out a safe and successful launch. In this role, you will also support many aspects related to development and continuous improvement of the launch operation, such as procedure authoring and verification, process improvement, and safety analyses. This role is based in Kent, WA with regular travel to our launch site in Texas.

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

Don’t meet every single requirement? Studies have shown that some people are less likely to apply to jobs unless they meet every single desired qualification. At Blue Origin, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace, so if you’re excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway. You may be just the right candidate for this or other roles.


  • Develop proficiency in operating sophisticated telecommunications, network, and avionics systems as you work toward and complete certification as an Integrated Communications controller for test and launch of the New Shepard system.  

  • Serve as a flight controller on launch day, leading tasks such as operation of ground stations, spectrum monitoring, and ground and vehicle network monitoring.  

  • Respond to off-nominal scenarios, taking appropriate actions to maintain crew and astronaut safety and help lead the team in resolution of anomalies.  

  • Operate the RF ground stations and avionic ground systems in support of vehicle testing and pre-launch preparations for New Shepard (vehicle checkouts, mission simulation, etc.).  

  • Develop procedure updates and operational aspects of network, radio frequency communications, and avionics equipment for use across all phases of operation.  

  • Support control console human interface upgrades.  

  • Support systems safety activities by working toward process and documentation improvement.



  • Previous experience as a flight controller, satellite operator, or industrial process controller including time on console or in a control room, and familiarity with wireless communication systems.  

  • Direct experience with complex vehicle preparations, testing, or similar technical hands-on experience.  

  • Strong ability and desire to understand sophisticated systems, investigate and tackle challenging problems, and work in a dynamic environment.  

  • Demonstrated safety mentality.  

  • Takes initiative to improve existing systems, processes, and documentation.  

  • Strong communication skills.  

  • Performs well in time-critical scenarios.  

  • Strong digital literacy and ability to learn new software tools.  

  • B.S. degree in engineering or relevant experience.  

  • Ability to travel to West Texas launch site.  

  • Ability to earn trust, maintain positive and professional relationships, and contribute to our inclusive culture.  

  • 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.



  • Experience operating Cisco or Juniper network equipment. 

  • Experience designing or operating radio frequency communications equipment.  

  • Experience coding simple software programs or algorithms.  

  • Experience with Linux.  

  • Familiarity with FCC licensing.  

  • Experience developing, writing, and updating operating or test procedures.


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

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Blue Origin
United States, Seattle, WA
Posted 3 months ago
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