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Near Space Corporation

Electrical Engineer

Engineering – Tillamook, Oregon
Department Engineering
Employment Type Full-Time Regular
Minimum Experience Experienced

Why Join Us?

Located west of Portland on the beautiful Oregon Coast, Near Space Corporation values innovation, teamwork, commitment and offers an environment of growth and advancement opportunities. Specializing in the testing and maturing of space and aviation technologies, NSC has extensive experience providing relevant space like environments for maturing new technologies and testing concepts of operations using high altitude balloons and UAVs.


Job Description

Reports to: Engineering Manager

Department:     Engineering

Status:        Full-Time/Exempt

Industry:           Aerospace

Schedule:   Monday – Friday, occasional weekends

Typical Hours:  8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, overtime as needed


Near Space Corporation’s (NSC) Electrical Engineer utilizes their analytical and technical skills to develop new systems or improve the performance and efficiency of existing products. The Electrical Engineer performs detailed design, testing, programming, and assembly of flight avionics for electrical systems of unmanned aerospace projects, including both high-altitude balloons and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The ability to troubleshoot electronics and understand electronic component testing is essential to being successful at NSC.

As an analytical thinker, the Electrical Engineer matures project and flight design requirements into actual avionics hardware that performs required system functions. A successful Electrical Engineer develops new systems, makes improvements to existing systems, designs and conducts a variety of tests on electronic components, and troubleshoots and solves technical problems.

Essential Functions

  • Designs, tests, and integrates C3 (Command, Control, & Communications), video transmission, tracking, and termination systems for UAS carrying customer payloads
  • Installs, tests, and troubleshoots avionics and communications equipment
  • Prepares wiring and schematic drawings for avionics and electrical systems using computer-based design and drafting tools
  • Utilizes electronic test equipment to verify avionics and electrical systems meet design requirements
  • Calibrates, troubleshoots, repairs, designs, and/or installs electronic equipment
  • Develops electrical schematics to meet electrical requirements, guide the layout process of printed circuit boards, select appropriate components, support fabrication, lead test and qualification efforts of completed designs
  • Follows industry standard practice of establishing and reviewing requirements, conducting preliminary, interim and critical design reviews, create released documentation packages, revise released documentation per an engineering change order process
  • Creates system interconnect drawings, determine need for and create cable and harness drawings and Bills of Material
  • Performs a technology refresh as necessary for legacy designs
  • Supports flight operations, including flight-line activities and ground station operations, as assigned


  • Desire to work cooperatively with others on a team to develop, maintain, and strengthen partnerships.
  • Develop and communicate goals in support of the business’ mission.
  • Demonstrate support for innovation and organizational changes needed to improve effectiveness.
  • Software/firmware experience at the processor level (analog to digital mix ratio approximately 3:1).
  • Identify what needs to be achieved and focuses on proactively acquiring necessary information to ensure mission success.

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has no supervisory responsibilities except those that consist of managing projects and processes.

Work Environment, Safety Commitment, & Travel

This job operates in a professional aviation environment and position diversity varies between office, flight hangar, production floor, flight line, and field operations.

Safety is both a program and a value which plays an integral part of the NSC mission. Safety as a value is shared between management and employees and is evidenced by collective thinking, planning, actions, and accountability. A positive safety culture at NSC includes communication based on mutual trust, shared perceptions of the importance of safety, confidence in the effectiveness of preventive measures, and support from everyone at NSC. Prospective employees must be committed to upholding the highest level of safety performance to ensure that all activities meet national and world-class standards for employees and customers.

This position may require up to 30% travel with extended work hours in the field with varying weather conditions.

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. This job operates primarily in a professional office environment and is a medium work role.

  1. Must be able to remain in a stationary position 75% of the time.
  2. Occasionally operates and moves about inside the office to access file cabinets, office machinery, such as computers, phones, photocopiers, calculators, printers, etc.
  3. Frequently ascends/descends stairs to perform essential functions.
  4. Frequently communicates with internal and external partners and must be able to communicate thoughts clearly, document, remember information, and organize tasks.
  5. Must be able to observe and assess company documents.
  6. Occasionally extends hands and arms to access cabinets or essential objects. 
  7. Frequently performs motions of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers for typing, writing, etc.
  8. Occasionally positions self to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl during flight operations.
  9. Occasionally moves equipment weighing up to 50lbs.
  10. Occasionally using upper extremities to press against something with steady force.
  11. Occasionally using upper extremities to exert force in order to draw, drag, haul or tug objects in a sustained motion.
  12. Occasionally exposed to dust, extreme temperatures, mechanical, chemical, electrical, and explosive hazards, and high-pressure gases.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering with 3-5 years professional experience
  • 5+ years of experience with avionics/electronic systems
  • EMI control, RF and system level testing experience
  • Component integration and wiring harness design experience
  • Telemetry systems experience
  • Design knowledge of electronic and communications systems, components, and materials
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office applications including: Word, Excel, E-mail, and web-enabled apps
  • Valid Driver’s License

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Lead Electrical Engineer on UAS platforms
  • Design knowledge of UAS electrical systems, components, and materials.
  • Proficient electronic assembly skills including soldering and handling of sensitive electronic components.

Equal Employment Opportunity

NSC is an equal opportunity employer who focuses on building a culture where differences are valued. Our mission of leveraging new technology is achieved by embracing diversity and providing an inclusive workforce. NSC employment is based on competence, qualifications, merit, performance, and business need.

Additional Information

  • This position requires access to or use of information which is subject to the federal International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and Export Administration Regulations (EAR). All applicants for this position must be U.S. Persons within the meaning of ITAR and EAR. ITAR and EAR define “U.S. Person” as Any individual who is a citizen of the United States, a permanent resident alien of the United States, or a protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)
  • Federal law prohibits the employment of unauthorized aliens. All persons hired must submit satisfactory proof of employment authorization and identity within three (3) days of being hired. Failure to submit such proof within the required time shall result in immediate employment termination.
  • In connection with an application for employment and as a condition of continuing employment, investigative background inquiries may be made on including previous employers, schools, consumer credit, criminal convictions, motor vehicle, and other reports. These reports will include information as to character, work habits, performance, education, compensation, and experience along with reasons for termination of employment from previous employers. Furthermore, the company may be requesting information from various federal, state, and other agencies which maintain records concerning past activities relating to driving, credit, criminal, civil, and other experiences as well as claims involving the applicant in the files of insurance companies. In connection with your application, the applicant authorizes without reservation, any party or agency contacted to furnish the above-mentioned information and release all parties involved from liability and responsibility for doing so. You hereby consent to obtaining the above information from Near Space Corporation and/or any of their agents. This authorization and consent shall be valid in original, fax, or copy form.
  • Near Space Corporation is a drug-free work place, we require all candidates for employment to submit to and successfully complete a pre-employment drug screen for the presence of illegal drugs and controlled substances. All offers of employment are contingent upon successfully completing the drug screen. Candidates who refuse to take the pre-employment drug screen will not be hired by Near Space Corporation.
  • All hiring and employment at Near Space Corporation is at will. I understand this application is not an employment contract, nor can it be used to create one. Employment by Near Space Corporation has no specific term and may be terminated by the employee or Near Space Corporation with or without notice. I acknowledge that Near Space Corporation has not made any promises or representations that differ from those contained in this paragraph.
  • I understand I must provide satisfactory documents to establish my identity and right to work in the United States, if I am offered a position with Near Space Corporation, and that failure to provide this evidence will result in the termination of my employment.
  • I release and agree to hold harmless any individual, company, business institution or government agency from all liability with regard to furnishing information to Near Space Corporation. I agree to release and hold harmless Near Space Corporation from all liability with respect to the receipt of such information.
  • I certify that the information I have furnished on this application form is true and complete. I understand that if any misrepresentation has been made by me verbally or in writing, any offer of employment made to me may be withdrawn or my subsequent employment with Near Space Corporation may be terminated.

Near Space Corporation also offers an exceptional benefit package including competitive wages, health and dental insurance, paid vacation, sick pay, retirement plan, and holiday pay.

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