Avionics Components Engineer 2 - Guidance, Navigation, and Control

Date: May 10, 2024

Location: Centennial, COLORADO, US, 80112

Company: United Launch Alliance

Requisition ID: 25

Location: ULA - Denver 

Relocation: Yes- Relocation may be available 

Travel Requirements: 25% 


At ULA, success comes through the efforts of a strong, united team.


Thanks for your interest in United Launch Alliance, the world's most experienced and reliable space launch company! Successfully launching more than 155 consecutive missions with 100% mission success doesn't happen by accident. It's a testament to the commitment and dedication of our team of rocket scientists and support employees combined with the systems and processes we use to pull them together. As a ULA employee, you'll have the opportunity to grow in your career while working in a team-oriented culture that combines technology, innovation, ingenuity and a commitment to the extraordinary. Whether you are in college just launching your career, or, have experience and want to come work with the best rocket team in the world, our unshakable unity yields stronger solutions and better results as we carry out our mission to save lives, explore the universe, and connect the world. Our team is excited to meet you!

Job Overview & Responsibilities


As an Avionics Components Guidance, Navigation and Control (GN&C) engineer on the Vulcan Development team, you will be responsible for the requirements, design, development, and vendor management of new GN&C components for ULA launch vehicles.

This engineering position will work on programs for Reuse, Upperstage Resiliency, and next-generation avionics development. Components may include Star Tracker, Sun Sensors, High-Performance Gyros and Accelerometers. Responsibilities may include:


  • Executing trade studies for new guidance system capabilities and component needs.
  • Developing GN&C component requirements.
  • Selecting, working, and managing suppliers on component development.
  • Developing test requirements and sequences.
  • Supporting qualification testing and performing hardware/software integration.
  • Develop schedules and execution plans alongside vendors.
  • Support PDRs, CDRs, and other gate reviews.
  • Manage multiple development and test programs simultaneously.


Required Education



Required Years of Experience

Minimum of 2 years of related work experience


Basic Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's degree in Engineering or related technical fields from an accredited college or university is required.
  • Experience with GN&C systems and concepts (inertial navigation systems, GPS tracking systems, Kalman filters).
  • Experience reviewing engineering drawings, parts lists, thermal analysis, test procedures, SOWs, engineering estimates, and schematics.
  • Strong troubleshooting, problem-solving, coordination, and presentation skills.
  • Experience with communicating with customers, vendors, and chief engineers.
  • Available to travel if required.


Preferred Qualifications

Summary Salary Range (for ULA - Denver only):  $87,260.00 - $136,290.00 


Please note that the salary information shown above is a general guideline only. Salaries are based upon a candidate's experience and qualifications, as well as internal equity, market and business considerations. Employees may be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus in addition to base pay. 


What makes ULA different?

Because we understand launch success comes through the collective efforts of a team, we seek the best to join us. We value ethics, ingenuity, diversity and professional development for employees at all levels.


We offer our employees competitive pay and benefits including:

  • 401(k) match plus an additional employer contribution
  • Discretionary annual incentive bonus for eligible employees
  • Generous paid time off
  • Flexible work environments


Additionally, most salaried ULA team members work a "9/80 schedule," meaning they enjoy every other Friday off.


Benefits and work schedules may vary for union-represented hourly positions and are described in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.


The application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.


Security Clearance / International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, all applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined in ITAR 22 CFR 120.62 (e.g., U.S. Citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or protected individual. See 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) and 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) for additional information).


ULA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other categories protected by law. 


ULA is a participant in the federal E-Verify Program. Posters in PDF format pertaining to this program can be accessed by clicking on the links identified below. E-Verify Participation poster (English / Spanish) and Right to Work Poster (English / Spanish).

Nearest Major Market: Denver