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Filter by Date: Jun 12, 2019

Filter by Location: El Segundo, CA, US, 90245

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45489 

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 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 business of launch and “new space” opportunities has never been this dynamic. The Aerospace Corporation is looking for a Launch Chief Engineer to join our Launch Chief Engineering Cadre. This presents an excellent opportunity for those forward-thinking individuals to apply their expertise, knowledge, drive and excitement towards the existing and future National Security Space (NSS) launch and integration endeavors. 


Key Functions

  • Provide independent and timely technical assessment to the entire Office of Space Launch (OSL) organization in all issues related to Launch, Launch Processing, Transportation, Anomaly resolution, investigations, dissemination of technical information
  • Represent OSL organization in evaluation and resolution of anomalies which may affect Launch Schedules, result in Mission Assurance risks, or which require knowledge and participation of OSL
  • Act in a Senior Technical advisor capacity to the Director of OSL, Deputy Director of OSL, OSL Chief Engineer, Launch Management Chief
  • Senior Technical Advisor to the Mission Assurance Team (MAT)
  • Lead independent and collaborative activities within Aerospace which support agile turnaround and rapid response for issue resolution, including the definition of independent tests and analysis to confirm hypotheses
  • Participation in Launch Rehearsals and Day of Launch activities in support of the OSL Mission Director and Deputy Mission Director
  • Interface with the various elements of Launch Program Operations and Aerospace Engineering Matrix Support (ETG) to address and inject Customer objectives and concerns which require Aerospace expertise
  • Act in a Technical Leadership capacity and engage the Aerospace Fellows in coordination and evaluation of significant technical issues 
  • Provide Contractors and Customer alike with insight and access to the Chief Engineer and other Aerospace Fellows to work extremely challenging issues
  • Mentor Aerospace Members of Technical Staff who wish to pursue technical career paths



  • An advanced degree (MS or PhD) in engineering, science, or related technical discipline from an accredited university
  • A minimum of 15 years of engineering experience and in-depth technical knowledge of current launch systems
  • Knowledge across heritage rocket systems (Delta IV & Atlas V) 
  • Knowledge of new entrant launch systems (Minotaur IV Falcon 9)
  • Out-of-the-box thinker, can establish practical experiments/paths forward to solve complex and time critical issues/anomalies
  • Ability to have rapid response agile risk mitigation approaches
  • Demonstrated exceptionally high level of innovation, creativeness, and initiative
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers
  • Demonstrated ability to succinctly describe complex technical issues for senior leadership 
  • Current and active TS/SSBI/SCI 
  • 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.


  • Technical knowledge or experience with “new entrant” launch vehicles
  • Current or prior experience working with the Office of Space Launch (OSL) & the NRO
  • An understanding on how to leverage Aerospace Engineering Matrix Support (ETG)
  • Well established working relationships with launch vehicle contractor employees, Aerospace (LPO, ETG, PSL etc.), and/or NRO/OSL customer
  • Strong understanding of Aerospace Physical Laboratories capabilities and the demonstrated ability to develop laboratory tests to help in the resolution of technical issues


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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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