Project Engineer: Spacecraft Communication Subsystem


Requisition ID: 41422 

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?

Responsibilities

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 Overhead Persistent InfraRed (OPIR) space assets that will bring increased performance and resilience to the nation's critical OPIR Missile Warning (MW) mission. Your primary responsibilities will be to provide communication engineering leadership and 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 Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) GEO-5/6 and Next Gen Block 0 Communication Subsystem lead. 

 This position can be filled as a Level 2: Project Engineer or as a Level 3: Sr. Project Engineer. 

 

Key Functions

  • Provide technical expertise and lead teams to:
    • Monitor, assess and report progress on SBIRS Communication subsystem and unit design, development, build and test in the Lockheed Martin RF manufacturing facilities
    • Ensure verification and validation of all the Communication subsystem and unit requirements
    • Support SBIRS Next Generation Communication subsystem designs, upgrades and trade studies
    • Participate in failure review boards, design reviews, manufacturing reviews, test readiness reviews, test exit reviews and other technical and status reviews
    • Support cost, schedule and technical risk assessments
  • Moderate travel

Qualifications

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 space vehicle communication system design, manufacturing, test and operation
  • 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 Top Secret/SCI
  • Moderate travel is required
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills

 

Required Qualifications for Level 3: Sr. Project Engineer

  • Bachelor's Degree in engineering, science, mathematics or related technical field
  • 12 or more years of experience that includes aerospace industry experience, preferably in space systems
  • Experience with space vehicle communication system design, manufacturing, test and operation
  • Experience in building and maintaining effective working relationships with customers, contractors, other FFRDC, SETA personnel, or related
  • Experience speaking and presenting technical and status material to senior leadership/customers
  • Experience building teams and leading projects to successful conclusion
  • Active Secret security clearance with ability to obtain Top Secret SCI
  • Moderate travel is required
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills

 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree in science and engineering preferred
  • Experience in leading projects and conducting risk management in a rapid aquisition environment
  • Knowledge and experience with radio frequency (RF) and electronics development
  • Familiarity with hardware development, integration and testing at major space system suppliers
  • Knowledgeable in state-of-the-art space communication subsystems
  • Active Top Secret/SCI security clearance

 

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/WORK ENVIRONMENTS

 

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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