Electrical Systems and Electronics Engineer (Aerospace)

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Location: Crofton, MD

FLSA Designation: Exempt


Adcole Maryland Aerospace, LLC (AMA) was formed by a merger between industry leaders in small satellites (Maryland Aerospace, Inc.) and high-reliability large satellite components (Adcole Corporation). AMA is a leading provider of Small Satellite and CubeSat components and end-to-end space systems. Since delivering the world’s first self-contained CubeSat attitude determination and control system in 2009, AMA has delivered more CubeSat attitude control systems than any other vendor. AMA’s most recent small satellite, Kestrel Eye Block II, was delivered to the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command and has been operated successfully on-orbit since October 2017.

This unprecedented combination of traditional and new space technology combines innovative product development with the capability to deliver high-reliability hardware for our nation’s critical space programs. To learn more about our new combined company, please visit www.adcolemai.com.

Upon hire all employees receive a generous benefits package including medical/dental coverage, HSA with company seed and matching contributions, tuition reimbursement, life and disability insurance, 401K program and vacation/sick time. AMA employees work on flexible schedules, performing some work from home and having flex-time within the current month. AMA is privately held and has been investing in training, technology and product innovation to grow significantly in the coming years.

Position Summary

The Adcole Maryland Aerospace Crofton, MD facility is seeking an experienced Electrical Systems and Electronics Engineer, preferably with aerospace industry experience, to support the development of our CubeSat and MicroSat spacecraft, including a current formation flying multi-spacecraft mission. The ideal candidate will have electrical systems, subsystems, processor and electronics hardware design experience for complex systems, including embedded systems design and firmware development skills, as necessary to support our spacecraft Electrical Systems, Communications and Data Handling (C&DH), and Power Subsystems architectures and associated electrical/electronic designs. Due to the nature of the work, candidates must be a citizen of the United States with a current secret clearance or ability to obtain one.


The following list of essential job functions is not exhaustive and may be supplemented as necessary.

  • Integration of multiple diverse electrical/electronic subsystems and components and design of the necessary interfaces to produce a complete complex spacecraft system
  • Perform design tradeoffs with other subject matter experts including software, mechanical, thermal, guidance, navigation and control to a achieve program requirements
  • Design, analysis, documentation, debug and test of spacecraft electrical/electronic systems, subsystems and components
  • Development of Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) logic with microprocessor interfaces and low-level firmware for design verification
  • Schematic capture, printed circuit board layout
  • Design for the space environment including considerations for manufacturability, accessibility, EMI/EMC, thermal, power, radiation and reliability
  • Technical leadership including oversight and integration of subcontract hardware


The individual must possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities and be able to explain and demonstrate that he or she can perform the essential functions of the job, with or without reasonable accommodation, using some other combination of skills and abilities.

  • Able to work with minimal supervision in a team environment
  • Technical leadership experience with the design, analysis, documentation, debug and test of electrical/ electronic subsystems and components, preferable for spacecraft
  • Experience providing technical oversight and integration of subcontract hardware
  • Processor and FPGA based systems and digital design experience and strong analytical capabilities, preferably for spacecraft C&DH subsystems
  • Ability to develop and interpret system/subsystem requirements, perform design trade off studies, define electronic hardware architecture, determine design requirements, develop design specifications and documentation
  • Must be knowledgeable in design of electrical interfaces applicable to spacecraft subsystems and payloads (UART, I2C, SPI, LVDS, CAN, RS-232, RS-422, RS-485, Ethernet), design simulation/analysis and computer aided design tool
  • Familiarity designing with system-on-module circuit boards based on current technologies such as Arm Cortex M3/M4, A9, SmartFusion2, and Xilinx Zynq
  • Printed Circuit Board design and layout
  • Knowledge with spacecraft command and telemetry processing is preferred
  • Experience designing for the space environment including considerations for manufacturability, accessibility, EMI/EMC, thermal, power, radiation and reliability is preferred



  • Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering is required
  • Master of Science in Electrical Engineering is preferred


  • Position requires ten (10) or more years related experience with demonstrated capability in the development of processor and FPGA based systems and digital design and analysis from preliminary requirements and conceptual design through hardware delivery. Experience with spacecraft C&DH subsystems and associated electronics and analog design is strongly desired.

Must be a US citizen with a current secret clearance or an ability to obtain one

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