Avionics Engineer

Engineering Mojave, California



Stratolaunch is a technology accelerator that engineers operationally realistic testing at Mach 5+. Our air-launched, Talon testbeds are reusable, cost-effective platforms that enable routine access to the hypersonic environment. We deliver flight data critical to validating system performance and achieving rapid technology deployment. Together with our customers, we drive innovations that are imperative to advancing national security. 


To help achieve these efforts, Stratolaunch is seeking a level I or II Avionics Engineer to support design, integration, testing, and maintenance of hypersonic aircraft electrical and avionics systems.  The avionics system is critical to mission success and interfaces with every subsystem, therefore this position will include collaborating with other system owners to understand requirements and engineer solutions.  You must be comfortable receiving direction and guidance from lead avionics engineers with component/system development, system analysis, design for manufacturing, hardware integration, and system-level testing, and taking ownership of your responsibilities. 



·     Architect, design, analyze, integrate, and test avionics and electrical systems 

·     Maintain configuration control over major avionics system elements including wiring diagrams, 3D CAD, work orders, etc. 

·     Coordinate with other subsystem leads to develop requirements, test plans, and procedures 

·     Coordinate with engineers across a broad spectrum of disciplines to understand requirements and engineer technical solutions 

·     Perform analysis to gauge system design adequacy and performance to meet program requirements 

·     Coordinate with suppliers and sub-contractors to ensure technical and programmatic requirements are met. 

·     Coordinate with external customers to support range integration, launch license applications, safety documentation and analyses, and payload integration 

·     Create presentations and support design reviews throughout vehicle development 

·     Support ground and/or flight test, as required 

·     Evaluate risks and risk mitigation plans to determine if the risks and mitigations are appropriate 

·     Regular and comprehensive communication to the Avionics Lead on a weekly and monthly basis 

·     Contribute to the integration of complex aerospace systems 

·     Travel, as needed, to support the department and customer meetings 

·     Demonstrate honesty, responsibility, integrity, and fulfillment of commitments 


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Required Qualifications: 

·     Knowledge of, and experience with, one or more of these disciplines: electrical engineering, avionics, electronics, software development, circuit design experience, experimental aircraft and/or launch vehicle integration 

·     Experience integrating launch vehicle or aircraft electrical power systems 

·     Experience with troubleshooting Ethernet networks 

·     Experience with data acquisition and instrumentation (thermocouples, accelerometers, strain) 

·     Experience creating wiring diagrams and/or circuit schematics 

·     Experience with flight vehicle troubleshooting and modifications 

·     Experience with electrical design analysis such as power budgets, thermal analysis, or RF budgets 

·     Experience with system analysis, such as telemetry bandwidth and/or telemetry link margin 

·     Knowledge of environmental testing (vibration, thermal, shock) 

·     Excellent written communication and documentation skills 

·     Ability to quickly adapt to changing priorities 

·     Ability to work on their own initiative and prioritize tasking to fit within the business goals 

·     Complex aerospace system development 


Preferred Qualifications: 

·     Experience with architecting Avionics and Data Acquisition systems for experimental vehicles 

·     Experience with IEEE 802.3 networking standards and IRIG-106 telemetry standards 

·     Experience with PCB design, bring-up, and integration 

·     Experience with being on a Mission Control Center console during flight operations 

·     Security clearance 


Required Computer Skills: 

·     Experience in C/C++, Python, XML 

·     MS Office (Word, Excel, Outlook) 


Preferred Computer Skills: 

·     Siemens Capital/Mentor Graphics  

·     Matlab 

·     Labview 

·     Familiarity with configuration management systems – Jira (preferred) 


·     Level I ($65,000-$94,500): Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 0-2 years of engineering experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience 

·     Level II ($81,000-$118,000): Bachelor’s degree (B.S.) from accredited institution and 2-5 years of engineering experience, OR equivalent combination of education and experience 


Special remarks regarding work environment, if applicable  

·     Position on-site based in Mojave, CA 

·     Travel, as needed, to support the department.  Travel estimated to be <5% 


Benefits and our location:  

  • Relocation eligible to local area – Mojave, CA
  • 9/80 schedule
  • Healthcare (medical, dental, vision, prescription drugs)
  • Paid Maternity and Parental Leave up to 16 weeks
  • 50% company match per contributed dollar into 401(k) savings plan, up to the IRS annual limit
  • Tuition reimbursement for continued education


Mojave Air & Spaceport is located 95 miles north of Los Angeles. To outsiders it may seem like it is the middle-of-nowhere, but it offers both affordability and central access to a variety of California’s best attractions and landmarks. Hikers will find themselves within a 2-3 hours distance of some of the best state and national parks, including Yosemite and Sequoia in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Skiers will delight in being closely distanced to world-class resorts at Mammoth Mountain, Mountain High, and Big Bear. Beachgoers can find plenty of sand, sun, and sunsets at both Southern and Central California beaches like Ventura, Huntington, Santa Monica, and Pismo. The area also offers plenty of rural area for off-roading and horseback riding enthusiasts.  


Not much for the outdoors and prefer the city life? You’re within a half day’s drive or less of Los Angeles, San Diego, Las Vegas, and San Francisco where you can find a variety of live entertainment, museums, tours, and historical sight-seeing. Theme parks are in abundance, with Six Flags Magic Mountain, Disneyland, and Knotts Berry Farm ready to meet the needs of rollercoaster thrill seekers.  


Food and drink fanatics are in a haven of delectable choices. Wine aficionados will also find easy access to some of the state’s best vino in Paso Robles, Santa Ynez, and even more locally in Tehachapi and Agua Dulce. Beer fanatics will find some of the best West Coast IPAs at Bravery and Lucky Luke’s in Lancaster. Any food option you crave is covered, and we always recommend the authentic and fresh Mexican food that you won’t find anywhere else in the United States. 


Applicants must be a US citizen or Green Card holder to be considered for this role.

Stratolaunch is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity at our company. We encourage people from all walks of life to apply, without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability or any other characteristic protected by law.  Our management team does not tolerate discrimination or harassment at any point during our employees’ and applicants’ time with us, especially with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, and general treatment during employment. 

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