Power System Design Engineer 2

Date: May 26, 2024

Location: Centennial, COLORADO, US, 80112

Company: United Launch Alliance

Requisition ID: 50

Location: ULA - Denver 

Relocation: Yes- Relocation may be available 

Travel Requirements: None/Infrequent 


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 a Power System Design Engineer on the Vulcan Development Airborne Avionics team, you will be responsible for designing, developing, and integrating power system solutions for the Vulcan Centaur. Responsibilities may include:


  • Managing project/program objectives and translating visions into avionics system development roadmaps and conceptual operational plans.
  • Understanding the flow of requirements from program level down and the ability to develop the answering avionics system level requirements.
  • Translating project/program objectives, requirements, and conceptual operation plans into electrical power system designs and architectures.
  • Executing trade studies for new electrical power system concepts and architectures which could include various battery configurations, power management, and power regeneration.
  • Defining launch vehicle power component and system requirements.
  • Performing electrical system, loads, and capacity analyses.
  • Performing power system testing in the Airborne System Integration Lab as well as environment labs both within ULA and component suppliers.
  • Working with suppliers in support of batteries, power management components, and power regeneration development and testing.
  • Integrating the complete power system onto the launch vehicle, includes packaging, layout, electrical harness consideration, and flight environments consideration.


Required Education



Required Years of Experience

Minimum of 2 years of related work experience


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering or related technical field from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience with:
    • Electrical control and/or power systems
    • Systems engineering and/or system integration is preferred
  • Previous experience working with integrated hardware and software teams.
  • Strong troubleshooting, problem-solving, coordination and presentation skills.
  • Available to work launch-related issues outside of business hours and available to travel.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Previous experience presenting to customers and working with customers.
  • Solid understanding of problem definition and issue resolution process steps.

Summary Salary Range (for ULA - Denver only):  $80,292.00 - $125,404.00 


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).

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