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Project Engineer: Launch Vehicle and Spacecraft Systems

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Filter by Date: Aug 9, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45762 

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?


Provide technical execution and project leadership for launch vehicle and spacecraft systems and issue resolution within CCLP. Primary emphasis will be managing timely execution of NASA related tasks for the Commercial Crew Program (CCP) with potential for a wider range of customers. Primary focus will be observing and reporting on manufacturing and integration operations as a resident at SpaceX in Hawthorne, CA. Coordinate with NASA CCP to execute production audits and record reviews on behalf of the NASA team. Build and organize multidiscipline teams and manage their performance to deliver product to the timeline specified by the customer.


Key Functions:

  • Perform and oversee independent verification of the technical adequacy of NASA’s and their contractors’ designs and plans, identifying issues and properly communicating remedies.
  • Maintain strong “one team” bonds with Human Exploration and Spaceflight directorate which manages the Commercial Crew work for Aerospace.
  • Develop skills necessary to increase out-of-ceiling business.
  • Frequent interaction with NASA and their contractor support will be required.
  • Travel and colocation with NASA contractors are required


  • BS or higher degree in Engineering or Science
  • Minimum of 8 years of applicable experience.
  • Experience with inspection of carbon overwrapped pressure vessels (COPVs) per AIAA S-081A and AFSPCMAN 910710
  • Hands-on experience designing, assembling and operating complex aerospace systems
  • Strong working knowledge of appropriate program office and engineering technology group expertise and demonstrated capability to leverage these resources



  • Must have a demonstrated knowledge of aerospace hardware and systems.
  • Significant academic and diverse professional experience
  • Demonstrated ability to build, organize and lead technical teams and manage their performance 
  • Prior experience with manufacturing surveillance at a NASA CCP contractor facility
  • Prior experience performing tasks for NASA and working with NASA civil servants
  • Demonstrated ability to build effective working relationships with NASA and their contractors 
  • Strong initiative, excellent oral and written communication skills





Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: 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.

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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