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Filter by Date: Apr 19, 2019

Filter by Location: Chantilly, VA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44597 

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?


Innovation is rooted in our DNA. As space technology and exploration rapidly evolve, the Aerospace Corporation continues to be a leader in space innovation with numerous programs designed to discover, develop, and challenge the next generation of space thought leaders, engineers, and explorers. The corporation provides technical guidance and advice on all aspects of space missions to military, civil, and commercial customers. As a vehicle engineering specialist within the Vehicle Actualization section, you will deliver vehicle-level engineering and support from post-conceptual design phase through end of mission. You will also be responsible for validating and testing vehicle subsystem interactions, performing milestone as well as targeted risk independent reviews, and as well as monitoring vehicle oversight and assembly and performing integration and test support.


Key Functions

  • Provide spacecraft engineering expertise to multiple programs on Military and Intelligence Community systems
  • Oversee subsystem and system level acquisition, design verification, integration and test activities for space vehicles, and space vehicle interfaces within subsystems as well as interfaces to ground and launch vehicles
  • Provide technical leadership in identifying, mitigating, and solving applicable satellite and subsystem risks and issues
  • Support design changes, development, unit qualification, and unit manufacturing
  • Form recommendations to program office and customer management
  • Works independently with internal and external customers as well as with other technical staff
  • Participate in multiple working groups and sustain working relationships with contractors, program office, and customer counterparts



  • Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Mathematics, Science or related field with at least 5 years of space experience with a background in one significant vehicle subsystem, e.g., Satellite Communications, Power, AD&CS, structures, mechanisms, propulsion, etc.
  • Experience applying engineering skills, mission assurance, and test standards to the resolution of problems
  • Demonstrated technical leadership and the ability to establish, maintain working relationships, and work effectively across customers, Aerospace, and contractor personnel
  • Current SCI/SSBI clearance
  • Ability and willingness to travel



  • Advanced degree(s) in Engineering, Mathematics or Science
  • Knowledge of ETG analytical, test, and research capabilities
  • Experience in a vehicle level engineering and/or program management environment
  • Ability to pass a Full Scope Polygraph
  • Exhibit high level of innovation, creativeness, and initiative


Transcript Requirement

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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

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