Engineer - Avionics, Instruments & GNC Sr. - BLUE-REQ-0002855 in Kent, WA at Johnson Service Group

Date Posted: 3/9/2023

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    Kent, WA
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Job Description

JobID: 392447

Pay rate range from $95.00/HR  to $120.00/HR

Job Title:  Engineer - Avionics, Instruments & GNC Sr

Job Description

As part of a small, passionate and accomplished team of experts, you will be responsible for avionics hardware architecture for various spaceflight systems. You will share in the team's impact on all aspects of avionics engineering product development; architectural definition and hardware and software development (design and verification). You should be comfortable working in fast-paced and often uncertain environments, contributing to innovative solutions, while demonstrating personal leadership, technical competence, and attention to detail. This position will directly impact the history of space exploration and will require your dedicated commitment and detailed attention towards safe and repeatable spaceflight.


  • Develop avionics hardware (boards and integrated assemblies) across the entire product life-cycle; including concept and requirements definition, design, prototyping, verification (power-on, functional / acceptance / qualification testing) and release to production.
  • Develop analog and digital boards that interact with avionics systems (including sensors and electromechanical/electrohydraulic actuators); including analysis, schematic capture, layout, design review, test/verification and release.
  • Support avionics architecture trades studies, analyses, performance characterization and specification, device selection, and controller roadmap direction.
  • Support embedded controller risk analyses, failure modes effects and criticality analyses (FMECA), design for test/manufacture/cost (DFx), and root-cause analysis of test discrepancies.
  • Participate in program level technology development, mission assurance and safety initiatives, and avionics development process improvements.


  • Undergraduate degree in Electrical or Computer Engineering or related field with 10+ years of direct experience in electronics hardware development
  • Direct hands-on experience developing complex commercial or aerospace electronic assemblies (designing custom cards or integrating COTS hardware). 
  • Direct hands-on experience with analog, digital and mixed-signal circuit analysis, simulation, design, test, debug, signal integrity, power, grounding and general board layout principles.
  • Exposure to analog and digital filters, signal conditioning and signal processing using discrete components.
  • Familiarity with use of complex computational devices (combinational and sequential logic) to monitor sensors and control actuators; including design, development and verification.
  • Highly organized team player with excellent technical communication skills (written and verbal)
  • 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.


  • Graduate degree in related engineering or technical field with 12+ years of direct experience in electronics hardware development
  • Demonstrated expertise designing high-reliability, safety-critical, Class 2/3 board assemblies; including familiarity with IPC 6xx and NASA-STD-8739.n (or similar) standards.
  • Proficiency using Altium/Cadence OrCAD / Allegro (or similar tools) to design complex aerospace boards; and experience working with external board manufacturing and assembly vendors.
  • Proficiency with scripting; programming and analysis/modeling tools: Python, Linux/Windows shell scripting; assembly language, C, C++; MATLAB / Simulink / SPICE (or similar).
  • Exposure to designing safety or mission critical aerospace flight hardware compliant with DO-254.
  • Exposure to development of high-reliability, radiation-tolerant, radiation-hardened flight hardware intended for prolonged exposure to extreme space environments.

Requisition Qualification Call

BLUE-REQ-0002204 & 2205 | Engineer - Avionics, Instruments & GNC
Job Details and Requirements Section

  1. Can you give us an overview of the project this resource would be working on and what the day to day activities would look like?

The ideal candidate will assist with design work on the power side PCB design & schematic capturing, develop roadmaps for systems, software, & hardware, & define processes that enable systems engineering driven processes for avionics development.

  1. Is team currently on site, remote or combination? Onsite preferred (remote on case by case basis
  2. What does training for this role look like (if any)? Minimum training on internal systems; we are seeking a candidate that can contribute from day 1

  1. Will any of the following be required for this position: overtime, travel, on call, weekends, off hours? Up to 10 hours OT
  2. Any chance the role can extend past 6 months convert to FTE? Yes, temp to hire

Preference in Kent office

Candidate Detail Section

  1. What programs, technologies, certifications that would be useful for them to already know?

Mandatory: Schematic Capture and Circuit Analysis, mig signal circuit, simulation software

Preferred: Experience with Rad hardy and high reliability HW design

  1. What non-technical Skills are necessary (such as communication, problem solving, team player, i.e.)? troubleshooting, problem solving, great verbal and written communication, willingness to ask for help, organized and timely

  1. Ideal Candidate background and how many years required? 5 – 10 years

  1. Confirm required education? BS

Administrative Section

  1. Required Export Control Status? US Person

  1. Do you plan to conduct interviews for this position?

  • In-person / via phone / teleconference (if available)?

1st Interview: 30-minute phone screen

2nd: Interview: 1-hour Panel Teams Inteview

For the senior role, we are seeking a candidate with product ownership experience (driven through product lifecycle for themselves)

The ideal candidate will have to be in lab when power on activities occur

Industry preferences?

-Medical devices, aerospace, shipbuilding

Must submit answers to the self evaluation questions below.  


Skill Name Level (1-5, 5 being the highest)
1    2    3    4    5    Years Mandatory(Yes/No) Job Description Schematic Capture     5 9-10 Years No PCB design Circuit Analysis     5 9-10 Years No WCA, Derating, Power  

** Johnson Service Group (JSG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. JSG provides equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, marital status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law

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