Launch Engineer - Electrical Ground Support Equipment

Firefly Aerospace

Firefly Aerospace

Other Engineering, Customer Service
Posted on Saturday, May 20, 2023


Firefly Aerospace Inc. is an American end-to-end space transportation company committed to providing economical and convenient access to space for small payloads through the design, manufacture, and operation of reliable launch and spacecraft vehicles.

We are achieving this by supporting a work culture that empowers employees to dream big as they enable new technology innovations with game-changing efficiencies in LEO, on the Moon, and beyond. We are looking for incredibly passionate, bright innovators to join our team as we deliver game changing commercial products to space.


Firefly EGSE Engineers in the launch group leverage their creative background and expertise to design data acquisition, control and instrumentation systems used to support integration, test and launch of Firefly vehicles. EGSE Engineers are responsible for designing, building, installing, and servicing data acquisition systems, controls, and other low-voltage electrical systems for the Firefly launch team. They must apply knowledge of electronic, mechanical, and fluid transport principles to ensure the internal and external communication of data is optimally configured. You will have full ownership of your project from the initial concept through all phases of the design, analysis, and implementation. Rockets don’t fly without your support equipment!


  • Design data and control systems for the launch site, including drawings with data and control I/O diagrams, instrument and control cable schedules, instrument loop diagrams, junction box wiring diagrams, control panel layout and wiring diagrams.
  • Create and conduct in-house testing and development of equipment.
  • Design, develop, and test controls, communications, human-machine interface, and PLC systems for equipment involving mechanical, electrical, and fluid handling systems.
  • Obtain and evaluate vendor quotations for all required instrument and electrical equipment to be purchased for projects.
  • Work with launch personnel to commission electrical systems, including the calibration and/or configuration of instrument devices.
  • Work with operations team to ensure compliance with all regulatory and safety requirements, proper and timely build of equipment, and cost reduction in design.
  • Manage all aspects of EGSE installation, including pre-installation surveys, data or controls installation design, personnel training, engineering support to launch technicians, and equipment commissioning.
  • Perform launch site checkouts for test and launch operations and support launch day.
  • Define requirements and coordinate installation of power and communications infrastructure in support of Firefly facilities.
  • Travels to test and launch sites as required to support the overall program.



  • Bachelors’ degree in electrical engineering, computer engineering, aerospace engineering or related engineering discipline is preferred. Relevant experience and demonstrated technical ability without degree are also acceptable.
  • 3+ years of recent experience in a professional setting outside the classroom in data acquisition and control systems for Aerospace ground systems, Aerospace vehicle systems, or Oil and Gas facilities.
  • Ability to create process flow diagrams (P&ID, schematics, cause & effect chart, control narrative, instrument index).
  • Familiarity with NFPA, NEC, UL and ISA codes and electrical codes and requirements.
  • Ability to utilize drawings to assist in building of panels and electrical harnessing.
  • Proficiency in programming/configuring PLCs and HMI systems across multiple platforms.
  • Experience with National Instrument Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX) for configuring and troubleshooting devices for use with LabView.
  • Working knowledge of multiple bus architectures (PCI/PCIe, PXI/PXIe, GPIB, Serial, USB, etc.) and data communication technologies.
  • Experience identifying project constraints and implementing creative solutions to unique challenges.
  • Self-starter that is service-oriented to help the team drive efficient execution in a fast-paced environment.
  • Thorough understanding of electrical engineering principles (i.e., low voltage command and control loops, Wheatstone bridge circuits, and Ohm’s Law).


  • Master’s degree in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer engineering, aerospace engineering or related engineering discipline.
  • Fundamental understanding of networking principles, including network ring topology and cable pathways.
  • 5+ years of experience with data acquisition and control systems for Aerospace ground systems, Aerospace vehicle systems, or Oil and Gas facilities
  • The ability to mentor junior EGSE engineers and guide technician work on EGSE systems
  • Familiarity with Industrial Ethernet and control specific networking philosophies (i.e. Modbus, RS-485, RS-232, Analog Communication).
  • Working knowledge of AFSPCMAN 91-710 Range Safety User Requirements for EGSE.
  • Experience developing Operating and Support Hazardous Analysis (O&SHA).

Additional Requirements

  • Ability to pass Space Force background check for Cape Canaveral SFS, FL and Vandenberg SFB, CA
  • Up to 25% travel required
  • Must be comfortable stooping and bending, as well as standing for long periods of time to support test and launch day operations.
  • Ability to operate machinery such as forklifts and boom lifts a plus.
  • Must be able to work in varying climate environments, heat, cold, rain.
  • Must be able to lift and carry 30 pounds unassisted.

Firefly offers outstanding benefits for our employees, including generous health, dental and vision plans with low plan deductibles, parental leave, educational reimbursement, short term disability, and flexible PTO options.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you 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.

Firefly Aerospace, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Firefly is governed based on merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.