Orbital ATK Careers

Sr Principal Designer

Beltsville, MD
Engineering and Sciences

Job Description

Job ID: JSD20181105-45644

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.


Printed Circuit Board Designer with 20+ years design experience in all aspects of printed circuit board layout and development.  Must have a solid working knowledge of all types of circuit designs and methodologies including thru-hole, SMT, single sided, double sided, and HDI micro-via, rigid/flexible multi-layer PCB’s. 

Design experience must include designs utilizing analog, digital, high-speed, mixed technology, RF, IF, and power supply board types for space, and/or military applications.  Must be familiar with current PCB design for manufacturing (DFM), design for assembly (DFA) and design for testing (DFT) processes/materials, IPC/military design specifications and drawing/documentation package requirements.  Candidate must be proficient with Mentor Graphics (PADs) and the Power PCB toolsets, especially using PADs Router HSD/Advanced Rules.  Candidate must be a team player able to work closely with engineering and support personnel during the design and build process.  Candidates with the skills to implement designs using Cadence and/or Altium PCB design tools and work experience at Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) is a plus but not required.

In addition to performing PCB layout functions, the candidate must have experience coordinating the everyday activities of a PCB layout.  These activities include estimate generation, attending design review meetings, and mentoring of other designers, and liaison to both manufacturing and engineering disciplines.  Candidates must be able to develop internal design and instructional processes/guidelines.

Candidate will work at Orbital ATK's Technical Services Division in Beltsville, Maryland supporting programs for Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) and Naval Research Laboratory (NRL).


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: +10 Years
Education: High School/GED
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Space