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Senior Data and Controls Engineer (Hardware)

Relativity Space

Relativity Space

Other Engineering
Long Beach, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Company Overview:

We invented a new approach to design, build, and fly our own rockets, starting with Terran 1 – the world’s first entirely 3D printed rocket and Terran R our reusable next generation 3D printed rocket.

Using our vertically integrated technology platform, leveraging additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, and autonomous robotics to deliver superiority over traditional aerospace manufacturing methods, we’re disrupting 60 years of aerospace with our novelty approach to get to space, Mars, and beyond faster, more cost-effective, and more reliable.

We believe in a future where interplanetary life fundamentally expands the possibilities for human experience. Our long-term vision is to upgrade humanity’s industrial base on Earth and on Mars.


The Factory Test team is responsible for all hazardous testing in our Long Beach facilities. We use our breadth of experience and collaborative engineering approach to support everything from very large structural tests to precise valve actuation. To that end, we design, build, and operate all test assets from initial concept to test execution. If you enjoy working on a multi-disciplinary team with a broad mandate and want to put hands-on hardware, then this is the team for you.

What you’ll do:

As a Data and Control System Hardware Engineer, you will be responsible for design, build, and integration of data systems at our Long Beach facilities. The projects you work on will run test systems across the factory ranging from quick and scrappy development test setups to large permanent infrastructure. You will be required to be hands on with the hardware, working side-by-side with our technician team to build and debug your projects. Once your hardware is built, you will also work closely with our operations and software teams to integrate it with our in-house data and controls platform.

Your projects will span a variety of construction methods, sizes, and applications. These could include anything from portable data systems to large motion control cabinets. The kinds of hardware you will develop may include:

  • Commercial Data Acquisition Specifications
  • Motion Control Cabinets
  • AC / DC Power Distribution Systems
  • Wiring Harnesses
  • Selection and Integration of Test Stand Instrumentation
  • Portable Data Systems
  • Motor and Pump Control Cabinets

What you need to know:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or related field.
  • 5+ years of experience designing, building, and testing control cabinets or data systems.
  • Strong electrical engineering fundamental knowledge.
  • Experience specifying, selecting, and integrating sensors and actuators such as pressure transducers, RTDs, strain gages, thermocouples, solenoid valves, accelerometers, microphones, etc.
  • Familiar with using technology such as, but not limited to, AC-DC Power Supplies, PLCs, VFDs.
  • Experience designing electrical control cabinets and wiring harnesses.
  • Ability to use signal generators, oscilloscopes, and other test equipment to test and verify hardware designs.
  • Demonstrated ownership, accountability, and success in delivering complex products with minimal guidance.

Nice to haves but not required:

  • Comfortable using schematic capture and PCB design tools such as Altium.
  • Circuit simulation experience (SPICE, PSPICE, LTSPICE, etc).
  • Experience using AutoCAD Electrical
  • Familiar with scripting languages such as Python or MATLAB for preforming analysis or writing automation tools.
  • Experience with embedded or systems programming in languages such as C, C++, or Rust.
  • Previous experience with COTS data acquisition systems such as NI, Dewesoft, Beckhoff etc.
  • Familiar with communications methods such as, but not limited to, SPI, Ethernet, EtherCAT, CAN, and Modbus.

*No previous aerospace experience is required for this position.

Relativity Space offers competitive salary and equity, a generous vacation policy, an annual L&D stipend and more!

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

The below-range represents Relativity Space’s current good-faith pay scale for this role. Relativity Space reserves the right to modify or update this range at any time.

Compensation is only one part of our entire total rewards package. To see some of the benefits & perks we offer, please visit here:
Hiring Range:
$127,000$163,000 USD