Orbital ATK Careers

Principal Electrical Engineer (Advanced Digital Design)

Dulles, VA
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: JEZ20181702-43956

With projected annual revenues in of nearly $4.5 billion, approximately 12,000 employees, and operations in about 20 states, Orbital ATK is a company on the move. Our mission is to ensure that our customers accomplish their mission — whether it’s a technological breakthrough, a satellite launch, or protecting our nation. The company is the world’s leading supplier of solid rocket motors, a leading provider of launch vehicles, satellites and other space systems, and the nation’s largest manufacturer of ammunition.

Orbital ATK Space Systems Group designs, manufactures and operates small and medium-class spacecraft for communications, imaging, scientific, exploration and national security space applications. The Group is leading supplier of space components that power and enable satellites of all classes, provides technical engineering services to government agencies and laboratories, and is developing exciting new satellite servicing and advanced space flight technologies.

United in pride and shared goals, Orbital ATK employees come from diverse backgrounds and work together to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable solutions. Work with the best and unleash your potential.

If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, Orbital ATK is the company that will further your experience and career growth. We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including, medical, dental, 401k, tuition reimbursement, and much more.

Job Summary: The Electrical Engineering Group within Orbital ATK’s Space Systems Group, responsible for the development of spacecraft avionics hardware, is seeking an experienced Electrical Engineer to perform detailed circuit design of hardware, including flight part selection, schematic capture, and working with CAD personnel for part placement and signal routing. Responsibilities also include performing signal integrity analyses and documentation of the design in accordance with program requirements and institutional processes.

Job Responsibilities:

  1. Design electronic circuits with digital and analog functionality for spacecraft applications. Select components with suitable radiation qualities.  Interact with other team members and software group to determine interfaces and operating characteristics. Generate documentation and review packages for flight boards.
  2. Test and debug boards. Bench level verification of board functionality. Work either individually or as part of a team to develop test procedures and hardware to verify breadboards, engineering models, and flight units.
  3. Work with fabrication team on board layout and build. Define layout constraints and provide oversight to board layout personnel. Support board through manufacturing of breadboards, engineering models, and flight units.
  4. Support delivery of board to box-level assembly, including testing and debug.


Required Qualifications: BS in Engineering & 7 years or Masters in Engineering & 5 years or PhD & 2 years with hands-on experience and familiarity in the design, development and testing of digital circuitry, an ability to work in a team-oriented problem-solving atmosphere is essential, able to independently carry the responsibility of executing the design duties. Excellent written and oral communication skills. 


Preferred Experience: Familiarity with spaceflight electronics development.

Orbital ATK is applying entrepreneurial thinking and commercial practices to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable products and services to our customers and grow our core areas while harnessing new technologies that will take our products – and your ideas – into the future.  When encouraged to think beyond the ordinary, you’ll be amazed at what you can do!

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 5-8 Years
Education: Bachelors
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Space