Space Vehicle System Engineer Polar

Requisition ID: 42498 

All Locations: 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 clandestine 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?


You will partner with the Government to ensure Mission Success of the Air Force Remote Sensing Systems Directorate (RS) to develop, acquire and deploy Next generation OPIR space assets that defend against, defeat, and deter aggressive adversary behavior in space. Your primary responsibilities will be to provide the Government with systems engineering expertise as a member of the Aerospace Space Based Remote Sensing Division. You will be a critical resource in the discovery and implementation of SMC 2.0 and acceleration of assets to orbit. The Project Engineer's primary focus will be to serve as SBIRS Next Gen Block 0 Polar (NGP) space vehicle system engineer.


Key Functions

  • Work with contractors, government team which includes the AF customers SETA, and SE&I and team with Engineering & Technology Group (ETG) to perform:
    • Requirement flowdown, derivation/allocation and performance verification
    • Space to ground interface and compliance documents (space-to-ground, bus-to-payload) tailoring
    • Space system CONOPS planning
    • Bus/PL and Aux PL IRD definition
    • Reqts (TRD, GEO vs HEO) derivation and justification
    • RFPs and SOWs tech evaluation
    • Risk, data, test, and configuration management
  • Support Government decision making process by suppling sound and coordinated technical information
  • Monitor, assess and report progress on NGP contractor design status and process
  • Participate in all system and subsystem design reviews
  • Support cost, schedule and technical risk assessments


Required Qualifications for Level 2: Project Engineer

  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering, science, mathematics or related technical field
  • 8 or more years of experience that includes aerospace industry experience, preferably in space systems
  • Experience with commercial or military space vehicle system engineering and design process
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with customers, contractors, other FFRDC and SETA personnel
  • Ability to speak and present technical and status material to senior DoD and other US government officials
  • Active Secret security clearance with ability to obtain TS/SCI
  • Some travel is required
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills


Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in science and engineering preferred
  • Familiarity with Northrop Grumman's spacecraft and optical payloads system engineering process or other major space system suppliers
  • Active Top Secret/SCI security clearance


Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: PROJ ENGINEER  

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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