Parts / Components Engineer

Requisition ID: 42934 

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia); El Segundo, CA (California)  

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation.  A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves.  When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators.  Are you ready to launch your career?


The Parts, Materials, and Processes Department (PMPD) provides engineering support for space and launch system design and production to assure functionality, producibility, quality, availability, and reliability. This includes support in the areas of electrical, electronic, and electromechanical (EEE) parts procurement, qualification, application, and anomaly resolution as well as materials and processes activities as related to electronic piece parts and assemblies. We also assist the Air Force Space and Missile Center Chief Engineer's Office and NRO's Systems Engineering organization on PMP infrastructure including standardization; supplier and manufacturer audits; issuing advisories, alerts, and lessons learned; data sharing forums, and the generation and modification of military specifications and standards related to PMP.


***This position is available to be supported from the Aerospace El Segundo, CA or Chantilly, VA locations.***


Key Functions

  • Provide technical advice to management, customers, and associate contractors for the selection, specification, test, screening, qualification, application, and root cause failure analysis of EEE parts.
  • Support supply chain management activities which include - assessments, audits, reviews of test data, process optimizations, and qualification methods - by participation and interfacing with industry standards associations, working groups, NASA and other agencies.
  • Work independently with customer and contractor personnel as a technical authority, or customer representative, for PM&P program management and risk assessment via activities such as PM&P control boards.
  • Support technical audits and reviews as a technical authority, consultant, or customer representative, to perform independent verification and validation in areas such as hardware design, electronic PM&P pedigree, producibility, technology, and manufacturing readiness.
  • Provide technical support for customer and corporate infrastructure activities to share lessons learned, common practices, and preventive actions.



  • Degree from an accredited university in electrical engineering, materials science, or related degree.
  • Eight to twelve years of related experience with depth of knowledge in at least one parts engineering area (integrated circuits, hybrids, passives, electromechanical, optical) and diversity among others.
  • Previous experience leading and/or organizing technical efforts or project teams.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Top Secret/SCI clearance issued by the US Government. US Citizenship required to obtain a Top Secret/SCI clearance.
  • Excellent verbal and written skills to concisely provide advice to customers.
  • Strong PC skills.



  • Masters or PhD in electrical engineering, materials science, or related degree.
  • Prior experience with national security space customers such as the NRO.
  • Prior experience with strategic planning, developing budgets, and other resource allocations.
  • Active Top Secret/SCI clearance.


Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details


Clearance Requirement: Top Secret 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: None 

Relocation Available:  Yes 

Employment Type: Regular 

Work Schedule: Full Time 


Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.


Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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