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Communications Hardware Systems Engineer

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Date: Nov 19, 2017

Location: El Segundo, CA, US, 90245

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 22741 

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?


The Communications Payload Implementation Department provides technical leadership and expertise in the areas of spacecraft communication payloads, navigation payloads and TT&C systems.  We have extensive and well-established relationships with national security customers with focus on concept design and mission assurance, and is growing our civil and commercial support.  


***This position can be filled at a grade 1 or grade 2***

Key Functions

  • Conduct independent assessment, evaluation and verification during trade study evaluations.
  • Perform communication system and subsystem analyses to support requirement development, Request for Proposal (RFP) and source selection activities.
  • Predict and evaluate hardware performance and degradation using analytical or simulation tools.
  • Perform system and link analyses, detailed system architecture trade studies and technology evaluations.
  • Participate in quick-turnaround conceptual design and advanced architecture studies for various government, civil and commercial communication and navigation systems; assemble and lead multi-disciplined team as needed to provide timely response.
  • Support program design reviews, integration & test phases, spacecraft launch and in-orbit check-out.
  • Provide timely written and verbal technical assessment reports to program office, line management and technical conferences.
  • Lead technical teams within the department.



Grade 1

  • Bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering, physics or related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years of related experience.
  • Technical knowledge in the following areas is required: digital and bentpipe communication systems; navigation systems; tracking, telemetry and commanding space-to-ground systems, analog and digital communication modulation and coding theory, electromagnetics theory, and digital communication hardware,.
  • The successful candidate should be comfortable in both fast-paced teaming environment as well as independent analytical work.
  • Digital communication subsystem and system hardware assembly, integration and test (AI&T) in space communication systems, navigation systems, or TT&C systems.
  • Anomaly and failure analysis management and resolution for AI&T of space systems.
  • Analog and digital communication link analysis and trades.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.
  • Must also possess strong interpersonal skills with ability to interact effectively with program office, customers, contractors, other technical personnel and various levels of management.
  • Preference given to candidates with proven leadership skills.
  • Active SSBI clearance is required.

Grade 2 (In Addition)

  • A minimum of 8 years of related experience.
  • Leadership experience with teams.



  • Advanced degree.
  • 8 years experience supporting SMC and NRO space programs as a communications engineer.
  • Experience in SPW, MATLAB, Microsoft Visio, Visual Basic are a plus.
  • Navigation payload systems experience.
  • Space communication security and transmission security methods and hardware experience.
  • Requirement definition and concept design of space communication or navigation systems.
  • Communication system simulation analysis experience.
  • GPS receivers for space applications.
  • Satellite terminal communication system experience.
  • Cryptography experience.

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details


Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI 

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.

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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