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Systems Engineer II

Orbit Fab

Orbit Fab

Software Engineering
Lafayette, CO, USA
Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2023

With a vision for a bustling in-space economy that can support permanent jobs in space, Orbit Fab is building the fundamental infrastructure this entire economy can be built upon: a fuel supply in orbit.

Today, satellites cannot be refueled. A single-use paradigm severely limits satellite mobility and holds back the development of economic activities in space. Orbit Fab is building the first Gas Stations in Space™ refueling infrastructure. We develop the supply chain architecture and technology to deliver propellant in space, allowing satellites to be built for lower cost, to be more flexible and maneuverable, to be more precisely controlled, and to operate longer, enabling operations and business models that have never before been imagined..

Established in 2018, we have already flown three tankers to space; with the first one flown within one year of founding. Working closely with partners and customers across the space industry, we are making the thriving in-space economy a reality.


As a Systems Engineer on Orbit Fab’s team, you’ll provide experience and insight into practical problem solving for complex space systems. A strong candidate will call upon a breadth of experience developing systems under-budget and on time. Your days will consist of all aspects of the systems engineering “V” from concept studies, requirements development through assembly, integration, verification test, and production of Orbit Fab’s technologies. As part of this role, you’ll be expected to have a strong background in mechanical engineering and capable of completing analysis (thermal, mechanical) in support of closing system requirements. All this to enable an On-Orbit Propellant supply for the 21st century of space innovation. This is not a management position; we want you to spend your time doing the engineering you are passionate about.

You’ll be expected to bring knowledge and passion in Space Systems Engineering across all manner of space missions. We describe here the skills, qualifications, and responsibilities that we need to have as a team. You don't need all of them. Your aptitude for complex technical challenges and your practical experience designing/building/coding stuff will trump specific qualification or tools any day!


  • Manage and maintain development schedules, systems requirements, and design budgets
  • Guide systems engineering processes and facilitate technical trades across the system
  • Define and manage technical direction of structural or thermal contractor partners
  • Participate in software and/or hardware development
  • Lead technical reviews and give effective presentations to internal and external stakeholders
  • Guide technical decision-making processes and development
  • Plan and implement simulations and test campaigns to verify system performance and requirements compliance
  • Define, review, critique and redefine our engineering processes
  • Identify technical risks and issues and take action to minimize schedule and cost impacts
  • Identify vendors and oversee component selection
  • Provide technical mentorship to team members and monitor technical integrity of all team member contributions
  • Contribute technical knowledge to proposal development and writing


  • Experience taking a system from concept phase through prototyping, detailed design, AIT, launch and operation
  • Demonstrated collaboration with space systems engineering teams
  • Experience with generation of verification and validation plans as well as executing qualification campaigns
  • Deep knowledge and experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Thermal and mechanical analysis
    • Sensors
    • Structures
    • Mechanisms
    • Spacecraft Operations
  • Experience defining customer needs and crafting engineering requirements, including a proven ability to successfully push back on unnecessary or mission affecting customer requirements.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • BS degree and five (5) years of related engineering experience, or
  • MS degree in related field and two (2) years of related engineering experience, or
  • D. in related field
  • If you don’t have the exact years or degree listed above, but your passion can’t be matched, don’t hesitate to apply!


  • 5+ years of experience in satellite design, development, test, and operations
  • MS or higher in Mechanical Engineering, Systems Engineering or Aerospace Engineering,
  • Understanding of orbital mechanics and spacecraft flight dynamics
  • Understanding of the spacecraft component supply chain
  • Demonstrated experience with Jama Connect
  • Experience with both low and high budget space system development
  • Experience with spacecraft propulsion systems and/or pressure systems
  • Demonstrated experience working in a multi-disciplinary team

The estimated salary range for this position is $110,000-$133,000

If you feel you would succeed in the role above, we encourage you to apply regardless of whether or not you meet all of the requirements listed.

Location and Benefits

Orbit Fab is based out of Lafayette, Colorado and all roles are based in Colorado. We offer fully covered benefits, unlimited time off and flexible work hours.


To conform to US Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a US citizen, lawful permanent resident of the US, protected individual as defined by 8 USC 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorization from the US Department of State.

Orbit Fab Inc does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.