April 10, 2024

Principal | Senior Electronic Design Engineer

JOB TYPE: Full Time

LOCATION: South Africa, Somerset West

REPORT TO: Engineering Manager


Our head office in Somerset West has a permanent position for a principal senior 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 sub-system requirements based on market and/or Customer needs.

• Research, develop and test 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.

• Document and review all sub-system/product aspects during design phases.

• Design and develop embedded firmware for micro-controller and/or FPGA based applications.

• Test the developed hardware and firmware; implement corrections as necessary.

• Interacting with sub-contractors and resolving manufacturing issues.

• Development of production documentation

•Other ad-hoc duties as required by company.



• B.Sc/B.Eng degree in Electronic/Mechatronics Engineering from a recognized institution.

Experience (ideally within aerospace or defence industry):

• High-reliability electronic product design and realisation (>5 years)

• Analog and digital electronic circuit design and simulation (>5 years)

• Practical experience testing and debugging electronic circuits (>5 years) Additional knowledge areas that would strengthen the application.

• Master’s Degree

• Embedded software development (Assembler, C, C++)

• Application software development (Python, C, C++, C#)

• FPGA development (VHDL preferred)

• Familiarity with microcontroller architectures (PIC, ARM, AVR, etc.)

• Schematic creation and PCB layout (preferably in Altium Designer)

• Familiarity with CAD software and design principles

• Project Management (MS Project or other)

• Familiarity/experience designing, developing, and supporting satellite actuator and/or sensor subsystems (reaction wheel, sun sensor, magnetometer, etc.

• Experience working with Optical/Optomechanical systems and/or Electromagnetic design and analysis

• Space Engineering background


• 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: Lm@newspacesystems.com OR contact us on +27 (0) 21 300 0160