Avionics Hardware Engineer

PLD Space

Avionics Hardware Engineer

PLD Space

Elche, Spain


As an Avionics Hardware Engineer of the Avionics Team, you will be responsible for all aspects of hardware electronics design and development lifecycle, from high-level requirements collection to detail design of the different subsystems and avionics components, providing also support on the manufacturing, assembly and its integration in launch vehicles.


  • Analyse and trace high-level avionics subsystem requirements to electrical and electronic specifications at unit and board levels;
  • Manage and maintain avionics components requirements;
  • Elaborate internal design criteria standards and rules for avionics hardware.

Design and development

  • Participate and collaborate concurrently to consolidate the architecture definition of Electrical Power Systems (EPS), On-Board Data Handling subsystems (OBDH), and flight instrumentation;
  • Drive the design and development of launch vehicle electronics hardware such as flight computers, sensors acquisition units, power control and distribution systems, batteries, and actuation systems, among others;
  • Perform component-level architecture definition and detailed design, components selection, analysis, schematic capture, board layout, place and route;
  • Perform technical trade-off analyses (EEE components selection, technologies, architectures, schemes, topologies, etc.) to make technical decisions;
  • Conduct avionics hardware analyses to feed design-validation loops (single-point failure, FMEA, reliability, hazard analysis, thermal, radiation, etc.);
  • Perform circuit functional checks, debugging, troubleshooting and confidence testing;
  • Coordinate with a multidisciplinary team (software, firmware, mechanical, AIT, harness, production) to fulfill the quality, cost and programmatic objectives;
  • Drive improvements and perform investigations and trade studies to push avionics hardware design to new boundaries in terms of reliability, capabilities, mass and cost savings.


  • Generate and release on schedule engineering documentation such as schematics, BOMs, production files, 3D models, drawings, ICDs, preliminary and detailed design documents, analysis and technical trade-off reports;
  • Document and communicate the design and analysis results thoroughly and clearly via design reviews.


  • Collaborate actively with the Supply Chain team to support all the activities related to external developments, manufacturing and procurement. Support vendor selection, manufacturing monitoring and procurement of EEE components and PCBs according to applicable product assurance standards;
  • Collaborate actively as focal point of avionics components design with the AIT team to support the qualification and acceptance test campaigns (functional and environment tests);
  • Provide interface support with the AIT and Production team to ensure compliance with the final design and feasibility to fulfill schedule goals.

Required Competencies

  • B.S. degree or higher in Electrical engineering, Aerospace engineering, Telecommunications engineering or an appropriate engineering field;
  • 4+ years of experience working in related positions;
  • 4+ years of experience in electronics hardware design in at least one of these areas:
    • Power electronics: DC-DC converters and topologies, battery management circuitry, EMI filtering, LCL interfaces, protection circuitry, load switches, optocoupled control interfaces, etc.;
    • Digital electronics: communication interfaces (SPI, I2C, UART, MIL-STD-1553, CAN, PCIe, Ethernet, RS-422, RS-485…), memories, clocks, logic circuits, design for SoCs, microcontrollers, and microprocessors;
    • Mixed-signal electronics: signal conditioning, filters, ADCs, DACs, operational amplifiers, etc.
  • Experience with requirements management, tracing high-level requirements to hardware electronics design solutions;
  • Experience working in formal engineering processes (requirements capture, documentation, design reviews, design verification, etc.);
  • Understanding of electronic circuits and physical principles that drive the design of avionics hardware such as EMC, ESD, thermal, vibration, outgassing, SEE, etc.;
  • Experience with COTS, automotive, space-grade and military electronic components;
  • Capability to solve complex design problems to tight schedules with minimal supervision;
  • Strong teamwork and communication skills with a demonstrated ability to interact with other disciplines;
  • Proven ability to work in a transversal and multitasking environment;
  • Excellent attention to detail.

Desired Competencies

  • Experience with design of electronics for hard environments (radiation, thermal, vacuum, vibration, shock…);
  • Experience with design of electronics for safety-critical and/or mission-critical applications (medical, robotics, aerospace, automotive);
  • Experience with aerospace industry normative (ECSS, NASA, RCC, MIL…);
  • Experience with thermal and EMI/EMC analysis;
  • Fast adaptability to rapid changes environments;
  • Team player able to work different tasks in parallel;
  • Ability to work in an autonomously driven and demanding start­up atmosphere;
  • Fluency in written and verbal communication, both Spanish and English.


  • Full time position;
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel domestically and internationally as required.

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