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Mission Systems Engineer

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Date: Sep 12, 2017

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21046

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 30422 

All Locations: Greenbelt, MD (Maryland) 

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?



The Civil Systems Group’s Operational Programs (OP) team has responsibility for the mission success of multi-agency operational satellite programs.  These operational programs leverage mission systems that integrate spacecraft bus(es), instrument suites, ground stations, command, control and data processing systems, and operations and engineering staffs distributed worldwide. The success of these highly integrated systems demands a rigorous, disciplined mission systems engineering approach that harmonizes system development, procurement practices, systems integration, operations readiness, and transition from development to operations. Aerospace’s role is to serve as trusted members of multi-agency, multi-contractor development, integration, and/or operations teams to drive mission success. 

This role provides mission system engineering support to the USGS programs in the OP portfolio, commensurate with the program phase, from concept through operations. The duties include: collection and synthesis of objective information relevant to current program phase; identification, mitigation, and resolution of technical risks and/or issues impacting mission success; technical leadership of program functional teams, to include off-site Aerospace subject-matter experts; objective assessment and communication of program and/or system status; identification and advocacy to project, program, and USGS management of best practices to achieve mission success. 


A baccalaureate degree or equivalent experience in engineering, physical science, or equivalent technical discipline is required. A minimum of twelve years of applicable direct experience with space mission systems is required. Experience in collaborating with Government and vendor program management is required. Proven knowledge and expertise in several core areas of mission systems engineering—mission formulation, requirements management, system design and development, mission system integration and test, mission reviews, risk management, operations readiness, initial system commissioning operations, and/or transition from development to operations —is required. The proven capability to evaluate issues and solve problems from a systems perspective is required. The proven capability to work effectively with senior government program and project managers is required.  Self-sufficiency, initiative, proven technical leadership, and excellent written and oral communication skills are required. The ability and motivation to work effectively and collaboratively with Government, Aerospace and Contractor personnel are required.

An advanced degree in engineering, physical science, or equivalent technical discipline is highly desired. The ability to analyze a broad array of technical information and identify salient points is highly desired. Demonstrated ability to perform independent analysis, prepare and present clear and concise technical reports, and advocate for the objectively best solution is highly desired. Established ability and experience working joint projects between multiple government agencies and organizations are highly desired.

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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: PROJECT ENGR SR  

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret 

Access: None 

Polygraph: None 

Relocation Available:  No 

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.

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: Baltimore

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