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Filter by Date: Mar 12, 2019

Filter by Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44909 

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia) 

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?


Senior Space Vehicle System Engineer to engage in “ilities” (Survivability, Reliability, Availability, Producibility, etc) across the vehicle, internal interfaces, system performance evaluation, design trades, requirements verification, risk identification and mitigation, and ad hoc support across the space vehicle as required The Senior Space Vehicle System Engineer will apply personal and ETG support expertise to meet dynamic customer needs in a fast-paced environment.

Key Functions

  • Provide technical expertise across a wide range of space vehicle disciplines, from system to subsystem to unit-level
  • Actively participate in contractor integrated product teams across multiple disciplines to ensure interface requirements, “ilities”, and other system engineering-focused topics are sufficiently addressed.
  • Form and lead program office and ETG teams in support of hardware development and delivery, as needed.
  • Liaison with customer team of a vital space program, including frequent communication, briefings, and technical discussion
  • Build effective working relationships with technical contractor team (across contractor, customer, and Aerospace communities) to influence successful program execution and assure mission success.
  • Identify programmatic and technical risks related to the space vehicle, communicate risks to the Customer, and leverage ETG resources to develop mitigation strategies.
  • Support definition, flowdown, and verification of interface requirements for space vehicle subsystems and units.
  • Review and evaluate contractor designs, analyses, performance parameters, development status and integration and test plans for bus hardware. 
  • Identify and direct potential innovative and risk reduction activities within the program office and in collaboration with ETG.
  • Support bus hardware verification and validation planning, integration and test activities.
  • Serve as a key technical contributor on milestone readiness review teams and provide impartial technical assessments to milestone decision authorities 
  • Mentor government customers to help them gain familiarity with applicable technologies and Aerospace roles and capabilities.



  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering, scientific, or related field from a recognized institution
  • Current TS/SSBI 
  • 12 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering or scientific experience
  • Experience in design, analysis, build, integration and test of space flight hardware.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers and to function in mixed teams comprised of customer, contractor and corporate personnel 
  • Ability to coordinate solutions and recommendations with the Aerospace and Customer team. 
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative and leadership in addressing technical issues.
  • Ability to identify and communicate technical and schedule risk 
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as lead teams comprised of Aerospace, Contractor, and Customer personnel.
  • Ability to engage and lead ETG matrix support capabilities
  • Occasional travel within the US required
  • This position requires the ability to have and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government.  U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.


  • Advanced degree in Aerospace engineering, systems engineering, electrical engineering, or a related field
  • Knowledge of reliability, survivability, parts and materials, electronic power systems, mechanical analyses, controls analysis, and/or integration and test.
  • Program office experience in the acquisition, design, build, integration and test of spacecraft bus hardware. 
  • Experience with design, analysis, test, and sell-off of flight hardware for space systems
  • Experience with National Space Systems, and their associated missions.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment, complete tasks on short deadlines, and solve ill-defined problems
  • Exceptionally high level of innovation, creativeness, and personal initiative


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Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

Access: SCI 

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph 

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: Washington DC

Job Segment: Engineer, Systems Engineer, Security Clearance, Electrical, Aerospace Engineering, Engineering, Government

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