Electrical Engineer – FPGA

Engineering Melbourne, Florida



Be more than just an employee number! Join Terran Orbital, a leader in innovation, manufacturing, and operations in the satellite industry. We are a pioneer in the miniaturization of space technologies and the delivery of responsive space solutions. We are a unique, fast-growing, and trusted team focused on quickly and economically designing, building, launching, and operating state-of-the-art satellites for advanced mission constellations.  

Terran Orbital is seeking an experienced Electrical Engineer - FPGA to develop key elements of mission and communications subsystems for innovative, high-capability small satellites.  Exciting product development activities will include phased array antennas, high data rate radios, and radar systems. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities 

  • This engineer will be responsible for full lifecycle ownership of the FPGA development process and implementation from concept through design, manufacturing, and test.
    • Close collaboration with systems, digital, and RF engineering to develop mission architectures and optimal solutions to complex problems
    • Developing and testing high-reliability firmware for a space-based, low-power environment
    • Participating in firmware requirements generation, design, implementation and testing
    • Integrating FPGA implementations with concurrently developed software and hardware
    • Maintaining new and preexisting solutions to enhance feature sets and to consistently improve overall performance.
    • Cooperative test, debug, and requirements verification activities.
  • Additional responsibilities as necessary, including support of other program or integrated product teams when subject matter expertise, review, or input is required.

Qualifications and Skills  

  • BS or MS in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or equivalent degree
  • 5+ years relevant experience.
  • FPGA hardware development experience with high degree of proficiency in VHDL programming
  • Digital system architecture, test, and troubleshooting experience
  • Experience with Xilinx or similar commercial FPGA development environments and tools
  • Knowledge of common data bus peripherals such as I2C, SPI, UART, and Ethernet.
  • Meticulous attention to detail in design and documentation.
  • Additional preferred experience:
    • MSEE or other relevant graduate degree
    • Digital circuit hardware design experience
    • Experience with oscilloscope, power supply, multi-meter, logic analyzer, and similar standard test equipment.
    • Phased array system design experience
    • Experience with LabView or similar test automation software development.


  • 100% Company-paid comprehensive medical, dental, and vision coverage for you and your dependents
  • Employee Equity Incentive Program
  • 401(k) Match
  • Unlimited PTO

Your actual level and base salary will be determined case-by-case and may vary based on the job-related qualification, knowledge, skills, education, and experience. In addition to base salary, we offer equity for each employee, 100% covered medical, dental, and vision coverage, a 401(k) match, unlimited flex time off, covered life insurance, maternity and paternity leave, tuition reimbursement, employee referrals, and lots of swag! 

About Terran Orbital  

Terran Orbital is a leading manufacturer of satellite products primarily serving the aerospace and defense industries. Terran Orbital provides end-to-end satellite solutions by combining satellite design, production, launch planning, mission operations, and on-orbit support to meet the needs of the most demanding military, civil, and commercial customers. Learn more at www.terranorbital.com 

Physical Demands  

An employee must meet the physical demands described to perform the essential functions of this job successfully. In performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely required to sit or stand for long durations of time, in addition to bending, reaching, and walking. This would require the ability to lift or move objects up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift or move objects up to 25 pounds. This position is generally sedentary, with substantial computer usage. 

Work Environment  

The job operates in a professional office environment but in a manufacturing company. This job routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and scanners.  


To comply with U.S. Government space technology export regulations, the applicant 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. In addition, please note that this position may require a current United States National Security clearance or eligibility for such a clearance. 

Terran Orbital is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. We consider applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, or membership in any other group protected by federal, state, or local law. 

If you need assistance or accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at [email protected].