Senior Electrical Engineer

| Los Angeles, CA, USA
Employer Provided Salary: 109,500-189,000 Annually
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Honeybee Robotics has been at the forefront of robotics for over 40 years, establishing ourselves as pioneers in developing novel exploration systems for the most extreme planetary environments. At our Southern California location, we look to "Touch Life" by supporting planetary science, including every NASA Mars rover since Spirit and Opportunity. We aim to "Mine the Sky" through the development of practical In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) solutions. We search for technically brilliant individuals in engineering, software, and support fields who take ownership of their work, enjoy collaborating in teams, and have a laser focus on the details that drive excellence.

Honeybee Robotics is seeking a Senior Electrical Engineer. In this role, you will report directly to the Avionics Manager, interfacing with customers and inter-disciplinary project teams to develop electrical components and avionics systems and provide organization-wide technical leadership. You are responsible for flight avionics development, sample acquisition, handling devices, and other instruments used in planetary exploration and space applications.


  • Serve as a technical leader within the organization, mentoring junior engineers and helping to define and standardize processes
  • Systems requirements definition and analog and digital circuit design for autonomous spacecraft instruments
  • Design, manufacturing, and checkout of custom high-reliability PCBs for various avionics applications
  • Harness design and assembly instructions for high-reliability applications
  • Electrical ground support equipment (EGSE) design and documentation
  • Analysis and test planning, execution, and data review for verification of requirements for electrical systems
  • Develop and generate work instruction packages for manufacturing and testing
  • Support R&D and flight projects through all phases of development and delivery
  • Proactively identify roadblocks to technical progress and take steps to mitigate them
  • Provide subject matter expertise in flight avionics and electrical components, consulting with project teams and reviewing designs and test plans of electrical-engineering peers

Required Qualifications:

  • BS or MS in Electrical Engineering or related engineering field
  • 5+ years in spacecraft system design (Power, Motion, Propulsion, Telemetry / Command) and 8+ years general engineering experience
  • Familiarity with EEE-INST-002 parts classification, selection of radiation-hardness-assured components, and radiation-mitigation strategies

  • Proficiency in most of the following:

  • Worst-case analysis, circuit Finite Element Analysis, and Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)
  • Design and application of digital communication protocols such as UART, SPI, I2C, RS-422, RS-232, CAN
  • Power system design, specifically Buck/Boost and LDO topologies and distributed grounding schemes
  • Low-noise analog design for mixed sensor types (PRT, thermocouple, photodiode, etc)

  • Experience or familiarity with most of the following:

  • High-voltage electrical systems (120V+) and battery technologies used on spacecraft
  • Execution of environmental tests as per standards such as MIL-STD-461 or GSFC-STD-7000
  • IPC-JSTD-001 requirements soldered electronic assemblies (inspection and operation)
  • NASA 8739.4 harnessing standard and general requirements for harness design
  • Motor drive design for Brushless DC (BLDC) motors
  • FPGA- or MCU-based embedded system design
  • Proficient in using lab equipment such as oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, electronic loads, and LCR meters
  • Experience with Altium schematic capture and PCB layout tool or equivalent, and Microsoft Visio or similar tool
  • Strong communication skills and experience presenting technical detail to external customers
  • Detail-oriented with an emphasis on design documentation and summary report generation
  • Experience as a people leader and mentor is highly desirable

Compensation and Benefits:

  • Employee Benefits include medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance, and short and long-term disability.
  • 401(k) with immediate vesting and a 4.5% company match (100% on the first 3% and 50% on the next 3%)
  • Education Reimbursement for certificate, undergraduate, and graduate programs
  • Paid Time Off includes 4 weeks per year, paid parental leave, two floating, and 11 company holidays.

See your work make an impact on some of the most exciting space missions, including major subsystems of NASA's upcoming Dragonfly, VIPER, and Mars Sample Return missions. Work alongside with the best and the brightest, including our partners across the aerospace industry. In a few short years, your contributions will allow you to point to Mars, the Moon, or Saturn's moon Titan, and say, "I did that!"

Applicants for employment at Honeybee Robotics, LLC must be a U.S. citizen or national, U.S. permanent resident (i.e. current Green Card holder), or lawfully admitted into the U.S. as a refugee or granted asylum.

Honeybee Robotics, LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, national origin, or veteran status.

Note: This job posting is intended for direct applicants only. We request that outside recruiters do not contact us regarding this position.

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An Insider's view of Honeybee Robotics

What does your typical day look like?

Every single day at Honeybee is different, but truly its own exciting challenge. We have a lot of customer-facing work with NASA happening here, which creates opportunities for collaboration, both internally and with our expert customers.


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What makes someone successful on your team?

To be successful on my team you will have to carry a positive attitude and a drive to always do better than the day before. We have a slow is fast mentality so that all work is completed correct the first time. I work hard to provide any needed support to drive someone to be able to reach their full potential through training or team collaboration.


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What is your vision for the company?

We have fantastic talent; every time we hire the right person, it makes us all better. I’m excited to see Honeybee establish teams setting the bar higher, deliver excellence at every level and interact effectively with the other functions to create smooth transitions and allow us to provide excellent hardware in a timely and cost-effective fashion.


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How do you empower your team to be more creative?

To empower team creativity, I’ve found that often the best thing I can do is listen.


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What are Honeybee Robotics Perks + Benefits

Honeybee Robotics Benefits Overview

Honeybee provides our employees with competitive and robust benefits, including tuition reimbursement, 401(k) with competitive company match, and generous medical benefits. For more information, visit Honeybee Robotics' career page or connect with us on LinkedIn or Instagram.

Volunteer in local community
Partners with nonprofits
Open door policy
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Employee resource groups
Employee-led culture committees
In-person all-hands meetings
Employee awards
Highly diverse management team
Diversity employee resource groups
Hiring practices that promote diversity
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K) matching
Performance bonus
Pay transparency
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Company sponsored family events
Vacation + Time Off
Generous PTO
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Floating holidays
Bereavement leave benefits
Office Perks
Company-sponsored outings
Free snacks and drinks
Some meals provided
Onsite office parking
Pet friendly
Relocation assistance
Mother's room
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Tuition reimbursement
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend
Continuing education available during work hours
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications

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