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Electrical Ground Support Equipment Engineer

Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab

Job Description


Join a team of dedicated engineers and technicians in the development of electronic hardware for space and airborne applications.


Would you like to see your designs come to life in support of the nation’s space and defense programs?


If so, we are looking for someone like you to join our team developing custom electrical ground support equipment (EGSE) to be used in the integration and test (I&T) of flight hardware and subsystem development. Deliverables may include EGSE used to interface and control a spacecraft or flight test article during system I&T, Testbeds used for subsystem development, and Hardware in the Loop Simulators. The selected candidate will be part of a team of software and hardware engineers in the complete development life cycle of the EGSE from design concept through fabrication and into the operational support of systems-level test and launch operations. Applicants should have strong organizational and interpersonal skills, and be able to demonstrate the ability to work collaboratively within a team.


As an EGSE Engineer...

  • Your primary responsibility will be hardware, firmware, and/or software design 
  • You will support technical reviews, procedure development, and documentation
  • You will be responsible for testing, maintenance, and individual troubleshooting of hardware 



 You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if you have...

  • a BS degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or equivalent.
  • 2 plus years of work experience as an engineer.
  • the ability to work independently and to effectively problem solve.
  • eligibility to obtain a secret level clearance. If selected, you will be subject to a government security clearance investigation and must meet the requirements for access to classified information. Eligibility requirements include U.S. citizenship.

You'll go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you have...

  • professional electrical design and development experience.
  • experience in spacecraft I&T and launch operations.
  • familiarity or experience with schematic capture electronic design automation (EDA) tools (i.e. Mentor Graphics or Altium).
  • familiarity or experience with FPGA-based testing techniques and VHDL.
  • familiarity or experience with the PXI controllers, Data Acquisition and Control systems, and lab test equipment.
  • familiarity or experience with Spacewire, RS-422, UART, and I2C interfaces and protocols.
  • familiarity or experience with LabVIEW software and programming languages such as python.
  • familiarity or experience with L3 InControl software in developing test scripts and test conducting of aerospace hardware.

Be Part of Something Innovative


Over the past 25 years, the Space Exploration Sector at APL, has pushed the boundaries of what is possible; delivering game-changing impacts to sponsors like NASA and the Department of Defense. This includes historic, science space firsts like New Horizons reaching Pluto, Parker Solar Probe being the first to “touch” the sun, and the DART mission that redirected an asteroid for planetary defense. As a not-for-profit university affiliated research center, APL also delivered solutions to our nation’s national security challenges, as proven with the recent Deep Space Advanced Radar Concept (DARC) Tech Demo, and acts as a trusted partner with the US Space Force in space domain awareness and space-integrated warfare.


APL teams are currently developing missions that will advance the search for life in the Solar System through programs such as Europa Clipper and Dragonfly, exploring the lunar and cislunar domains, and providing fundamental knowledge of our Sun’s influence on the near-Earth environment through IMAP and other research and technology endeavors.  To learn about these APL’s mission and projects, and


Why work at APL?

The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation's most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.

At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL's campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at



About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law. APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Only by ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

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