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Sr. Sensor Firmware Development Engineer (Avionics)

Swarm Technologies

Swarm Technologies

hawthorne, ca, usa
Posted on Sunday, September 10, 2023


The sensor development team designs, builds, and tests innovative sensing solutions that are critical to making life on Mars possible. This sensor development engineering role will be on a highly interdisciplinary team of engineers working to select sensor technologies and develop sensing solutions that enable spacecraft propulsion and navigations systems.


  • Oversee sensor development, test, and qualification for SpaceX’s vehicles with a focus on pressure transducers and temperature sensors
  • Architect new test infrastructure, complete data analysis/review, and interface with system owners
  • Coordinate and execute acceptance and qualification testing of sensors
  • Interface with sensor vendors for the selection of sensors for given applications
  • Collect and document sensor requirements to communicate to vendors
  • Work across teams (systems, integration, dynamics, guidance, etc.) to ensure appropriate sensors are developed to meet vehicle requirements
  • Participate in design reviews
  • Investigate sensor failures and communicate/execute recommended actions


  • Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics or other engineering discipline
  • 5+ years of experience working with pressure transducers and/or temperature sensors (significant academic projects, internships, and traditional professional experience all qualify)


  • Master’s degree in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or related field
  • 2+ years of professional experience working with pressure transducers and/or temperature sensors
  • Experience with high pressure testing
  • Experience testing sensors and qualifying them for a given service environment
  • Data analysis experience in Python or MATLAB or Minitab
  • Advanced knowledge of various physical sensors and how they operate, designed, and manufactured – pressure transducers and/or temperature sensors
  • Excellent communication and teamwork skills


  • Extended hours and weekend work may be required to support critical project and mission milestones
  • Must be willing to travel < 20%


Pay Range:

Sensor Firmware Development Engineer /Senior: $130,000.00 - $180,000.00/per year

Your actual level and base salary will be determined on a case-by-case basis and may vary based on the following considerations: job-related knowledge and skills, education, and experience.

Base salary is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for long-term incentives, in the form of company stock, stock options, or long-term cash awards, as well as potential discretionary bonuses and the ability to purchase additional stock at a discount through an Employee Stock Purchase Plan. You will also receive access to comprehensive medical, vision, and dental coverage, access to a 401(k) retirement plan, short and long-term disability insurance, life insurance, paid parental leave, and various other discounts and perks. You may also accrue 3 weeks of paid vacation and will be eligible for 10 or more paid holidays per year. Exempt employees are eligible for 5 days of sick leave per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.