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Spacecraft Electrical Engineer

Entry Level | Full-time
Engineering | livermore, CA | 08/05/2021

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Company Description

Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Are you interested in joining some of the brightest talent in the world to strengthen the United States’ security? Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where our employees apply their expertise to create solutions for BIG ideas that make our world a better place.

We are committed to a diverse and equitable workforce with an inclusive culture that values and celebrates the diversity of our people, talents, ideas, experiences, and perspectives. This is essential to innovation and creativity for continued success of the Laboratory’s mission.

Job Description

We have an opening for a Spacecraft Electrical Engineer to work on projects and initiatives with a focus on U.S. national security. You will be a member of an engineering team that will provide space mission engineering solutions for both national security and basic science investigations with sponsors including NASA, Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD) and other government agencies. As an engineering team member, you will work on all aspects of space system hardware – from design and analysis to assembly, integration, and test. This position is in the National Security Engineering Division (NSED) within the Engineering Directorate at LLNL.

This position will be filled at either level based on knowledge and related experience as assessed by the hiring team. Additional job responsibilities (outlined below) will be assigned if hired at the higher level.

In this role you will 

  • Develop conceptual designs of limited complexity electrical systems, test prototypes, and associated diagnostics under general direction.
  • Develop detailed designs, specify circuit components, oversee part fabrication and unit assembly.
  • Develop and design PCBs, including schematics/layout and routing/fabrication file generation
  • Develop device drivers and applications of limited complexity to talk to commercial off the shelf (COTS) or custom hardware.
  • Learn unique design requirements for electrical systems that involve high speed signals, power distribution, and operation in extreme environments
  • Prepare supporting safety and engineering documentation and participate in engineering design reviews.
  • Participate in engineering testing operations, analyze results, and write reports.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional job responsibilities, at the SES.2 level 

  • Provide solutions and guidance to the testing of prototypes and associated diagnostics utilizing comprehensive knowledge of conceptual designs of electrical systems. Assist in development of electrical system architecture, providing flexible solutions to potentially loosely scoped problems
  • Work as an integral part of a small team of scientists and engineers to develop technical proposals for spacecraft missions including payload electrical specifications, spacecraft subsystem electrical specification, and cost and schedule estimates.
  • Collaborate with team members to solve moderately complex to complex issues/problems that require analysis and creative use of established techniques and methods under limited direction.
  • Exercise technical knowledge of the limitations of proven concepts and practices on electrical systems, equipment, and/or hardware to correctly evaluate alternatives or risk associated with using or replacing a nonconforming component for orbital requirements.

Qualifications

  • Ability to secure and maintain a U.S. DOE Q-level security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field, or equivalent combination of education and previous relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of fundamental electrical engineering concepts related to assembly, calibration, and testing of analog and digital electrical systems.
  • Knowledge of PCB design software (Altium Designer or similar)
  • Fundamental knowledge of microcontroller, FPGA hardware, and associated software and simulation tools.
  • Fundamental knowledge of technical computing (e.g., simulation development, signal and image processing) using platforms such as MATLAB or Python.
  • Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Sufficient communication skills with proven ability to present and explain concepts and ideas in a clear and coherent manner, both verbal and written for presentation and interaction with other technical staff members.

Additional qualifications at the SES.2 level 

  • Comprehensive knowledge and experience reading and interpreting moderately complex to complex mechanical, optical, and electrical specifications using drawings, datasheets, and procedure manuals.
  • Broad experience designing digital and/or analog circuits and turning customer specifications into functional electrical systems.
  • Proficient  verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively collaborate in a team environment and present and explain technical information to colleagues, management or sponsors.

Qualifications We Desire

 

  • Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or related field.
  • Broad aerospace and/or spacecraft engineering experience with designing, assembling or testing flight hardware.
  • Proficiency with any combination of: low-noise analog circuit design, high speed protocols, FPGA and/or microcontroller design, and corresponding PCB development.
  • Experience estimating cost and schedule of spacecraft systems.

Additional Information

Why Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory?

  • Included in 2021 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!
  • Work for a premier innovative national Laboratory
  • Comprehensive Benefits Package
  • Flexible schedules (*depending on project needs)
  • Collaborative, creative, inclusive, and fun team environment

Learn more about our company, selection process, position types and security clearances by visiting our Career site

Security Clearance

LLNL is a Department of Energy (DOE) and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Laboratory.  Some positions will require a DOE L or Q clearance (please reference Security Clearance requirement above).  If you are selected and a clearance is required, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  An L or Q clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  For additional information please see DOE Order 472.2.

Pre-Employment Drug Test

External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test. This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Equal Employment Opportunity

LLNL is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer that values and hires a diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws.

If you need assistance and/or a reasonable accommodation during the application or the recruiting process, please submit a request via our online form

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