NewSpace Systems is a product development and manufacturing aerospace engineering company in Somerset West. We have a permanent position for a design engineer to take responsibility for new electro-mechanical product design, development and verification on various projects working within a multidisciplinary team.


Design and develop electronics-based products used in spacecraft related systems and their associated design documentation, test procedures and calibration systems:

  • Attending requirement and proposal discussions with clients when required.·
  • Derive technical specifications for system requirements based on market and/or Customer needs.
  • Research, develop and testing of theoretical and conceptual designs.
  • Derive component requirements for the electronic design using traceable and qualified components.
  • Simulate/test the design at various levels, ensuring that a product will work with adequate design margins and will perform reliably and consistently in specified operation environments.
  • Documentation and review of all aspects during design phases.
  • Design and develop embedded firmware for micro-controller and FPGA based applications.
  • Testing of hardware and firmware, implementing corrections as necessary.
  • Interacting with sub-contractors and resolving manufacturing issues.
  • Development of production documentation
  • Other ad-hoc duties as required by the company.




  • B.Sc/B.Eng degree in electronic engineering from a recognized institution

Experience (ideally within the aerospace or defence industry):

  • High-reliability electronic product design and realisation
  • Analog and digital electronic circuit design and simulation
  • Schematic capture and PCB layout (using any EDA software)
  • Practical experience testing and debugging electronic circuits
  • Software and/or firmware development (Python, C, C++)

Additional knowledge areas that would strengthen the application:

  • Master’s degree from a recognized institution
  • Experience with power electronics design and optimization (emphasis on power conversion systems)
  •  HDL design and development for FPGA systems
  • Familiarity with microcontroller architectures (PIC, ARM, AVR, etc.)
  • Familiarity with embedded communication systems and standards (CAN, RS422, SPI, I2C, UART, etc.)
  • Familiarity with control theory and the implementation/realization thereof
  • Experience with software-designed radio (SDR) systems
  • Experience with COTS, automotive, industrial, and military electronic components
  • Experience working with optical/optomechanical systems
  • Electromagnetic design and analysis
  • Familiarity with CAD software and design principles


  • Positive self-motivated, self-starter attitude
  • Innovative – thinking ‘outside the box’
  • Responsible
  • Team player
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Customer-focused
  • Able to persuade and influence others
  • Ability to bounce back
  •  Flexible and able to multi-task, can work within an ambiguous, fast-moving environment
  • Resourcefulness
  • Ability to self-manage and set priorities 


  • English


If you meet the requirements of this vacancy, please send your cv to: OR contact us on +27 (0) 21 300 0160