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Project Engineer, Missile Defense and Space Sensors Division

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Filter by Date: Mar 15, 2019

Filter by Location: Albuquerque, NM, US, 87198

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 43942 

All Locations: Albuquerque, NM (New Mexico) 

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 Aerospace Corporation is looking for an experienced software system engineer and software acquisition expert to join the Missile Defense and Space Sensors Division. Our missile defense customer needs your help to acquire cutting-edge software capabilities to support future missile defense sensor capabilities.

Key Functions

Successful candidates will assist customers with these types of engineering functions:

  • Provide software systems engineering expertise to support the effective management of large, software-reliant programs from source selection through design reviews, integration and test, and early operational testing
  • Participate in engineering studies such as software requirements development and flow; software architecture evaluations; software integration, verification, and validation; readiness reviews; risk and opportunity identification, assessment, and mitigation; technology planning and insertion; performance assessments; programmatic assessments and/or market research
  • Support development of enterprise software strategies and architectures
  • Assure that flight software development adheres to the customer’s mission assurance standards
  • Liaison with customer team to include frequent communication, briefings, and technical discussion
  • Develop a working relationship with technical contractor team to influence successful program execution
  • Prepare technical reports and presentations to disseminate findings, guidance, and technical information to a wide audience 

This position is located in Albuquerque, NM.

This position can be filled as a (Level 2) Project Engineer or a (Level 3) Senior Project Engineer.



  • 8 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering or scientific experience
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or closely related technical discipline required
  • Experience with the systems engineering and software development lifecycles and experience in acquiring or developing large software-reliant systems 
  • Familiarity with software development lifecycle, process, quality, and mission assurance standards 
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a collaborative environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to manage multiple simultaneous tasks and adapt to changing priorities
  • Ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups
  • Ability to occasionally travel to other Aerospace and vendor, subcontractor, or contractor facilities
  • This position requires the ability to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance, which is issued by the US government. US citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.



  • Advanced degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or closely related technical discipline
  • Demonstrated technical background in software engineering across the lifecycle from inception through design, construction, testing, and deployment
  • Demonstrated experience in at least two of the following: software acquisition, software processes & metrics, and/or software assurance
  • Experience with traditional and agile-based software development methodologies
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships across all levels of customer, contractor and corporate staff.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.  Ability to edit technical content for clarity; ability to present clear, concise briefings; ability to write well-crafted reports and assessments
  • Familiarity with optical sensors in the development of flight software


Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Secret 

Access: None 

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.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance.  U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

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, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement

Nearest Major Market: Albuquerque

Job Segment: Defense, Project Engineer, Engineer, Construction, Electrical, Government, Engineering

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