Senior Electrical Engineer

Nanoracks Hiring in Houston
Position:Senior Electrical Engineer
Reports To:Lead Electrical Engineer
Location:Webster, TX
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About Nanoracks

Nanoracks is a cutting-edge aerospace company focusing on providing commercial access to space, currently on the International Space Station (ISS), suborbital vehicles, expendable launch vehicles, and more! We have sent over 1,000 payloads to the Space Station, kickstarted the CubeSat deployment revolution, and have customers in over 30 nations.

Since 2009, Nanoracks has created and expanded new in-space markets and has been the world leader for ushering in a new era of in-space services. Currently, Nanoracks is working to build commercial space stations (“Outposts”) from the spent upper stages of launch vehicles in orbit. This technology will enable spent upper stages to be used as crewed and un-crewed space stations for various purposes and customers—both civil and commercial.

Nanoracks will provide and facilitate an ecosystem of interoperable technologies and distributed free flying space stations. You can read our approach here.

We hope you’ll apply to join our team. We work with leaders from all over the world, including NASA, universities and government centers both foreign and domestic, and commercial companies. We’re fast, fun, passionate, and love sending things to space.

What We're Looking For

Smart, talented, critical thinkers with an ability to handle responsibility in a dynamic and ever-changing landscape. You will own your projects and be results oriented. Nanoracks is a small company (70+ awesome people), but we interface with much larger organizations from around the world.  You will need to be able to work in small and large groups as well as simultaneously execute an entire project on time.

Nanoracks is looking for a self-starter to work with a talented and dynamic technical team on the design, test, integration, deployment, and operation of spaceflight avionics and electrical hardware systems. The qualified candidate will play a vital role in the success of advanced avionics hardware on programs such as the Nanoracks Bishop commercial airlock, internal ISS rack payloads and Nanolabs, external ISS payloads and platforms, satellite deployers, Nanoracks Outpost, Advanced Concepts and other revolutionary aerospace systems.

Senior Electrical Engineer

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Design and develop space qualified electronics, including solar power and battery management systems, power supplies and distribution systems, command and data handling, electromagnetic filtering, electrical cables and harnesses, and digital and analog circuits.
  • PCB design, including schematic capture, high speed layout and routing, symbol and footprint creation, and generation of fabrication files and assembly drawings.
  • Familiarity with DFMR process and designing for fault tolerance and safety critical systems.
  • Compliance with NASA’s electrical component, circuit protection, and wire derating requirements.
  • Troubleshoot digital and analog systems using multi-meters, oscilloscopes, waveform/function generators, spectrum analyzers, logic analyzers, and simulators.
  • Use SPICE simulations and PDN analysis to analyze circuit designs.
  • Write technical documents such as assembly instructions, test procedures, interface requirements, and test and analysis reports.
  • Attend design reviews and provide guidance and feedback to junior engineers and customers for proposed hardware design, ensuring compliance with NASA or other applicable requirements.
  • Support proposal efforts, provide solutions for proposal challenges, communicate, and document technical approaches, and provide inputs to cost and schedule estimates.



  • Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering or related technical field.
  • Master of Science degree in engineering or science discipline (preferred, not required).
  • 7+ years of electrical design experience.
  • 4+ years of applicable experience in space flight hardware development and testing.
  • Experience with power system design such as solar charge controller, battery management, and SMPS systems.
  • Experience in environmental testing of spaceflight hardware, including EMI/EMC, Acoustics, Thermal, Vacuum, and other related testing.
  • Experience in fabrication, manufacturing, and assembly of spaceflight hardware.
  • Working knowledge of CAN Bus, USB, DIO, RS-232/422, Ethernet, MIL-1553, and other communication interfaces and protocols.
  • Proficiency with Altium Designer, LTspice, and Microsoft Office.


EEO Statement:

It is our policy to select, place, train and promote the most qualified individuals based upon relevant factors such as work quality, attitude and experience so as to provide equal employment opportunity for all employees in compliance with applicable local, state and federal laws and without regard to non-work related factors such as race, color, religion/creed, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, veteran stats, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, citizenship, genetic information, or other protected status. When applicable, our policy of non-discrimination applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including but not limited to recruiting, hiring, training, transfer, promotion, placement, lay-off, compensation, termination, reduction in force and benefits.

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

The statements contained in this job description are intended to describe the general content and requirements for performance of this job. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all job duties, responsibilities, and requirements. This job description is not an employment agreement or contract. Management has the exclusive right to alter the scope of work within the framework of this job description at any time without prior notice.


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