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Senior Propulsion Panel Engineer

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Filter by Date: Aug 12, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 45737 

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 Systems Engineering and Launch Division is looking for a Senior Propulsion Panel Engineer to provide proactive support for the Mission Assurance Team (MAT) in our El Segundo, CA offices. The MAT provides independent risk assessment of launch systems for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) Office of Space Launch (OSL).  

Key Functions

  • Serve as a key technical expert for propulsion, pneumatic and hydraulic issues for EELV, new entrant launch providers, and small launch vehicles
  • Participate in the MAT Propulsion Panel to provide a technical risk assessments of issues for NRO missions
  • Manage Propulsion Panel to provide proper resources and tasking of MAT personnel to include ETG, SETA and launch vehicle (LV) contractor support.
  • Assemble and lead multi-disciplinary teams to analyze complex technical launch vehicle issues and provide risk assessment as well as potential mitigation when appropriate
  • Participate in MAT reviews at contractor and subcontractor facilities
  • Brief technical issues to the Director of OSL
  • Provide presentations of technical issues for OSL customer to support Flight Readiness Reviews, Mission Certification Reviews and Consent to launch.
  • Provide a conduit for the customer to access Aerospace corporate expertise.  
  • Actively network with contractors, government agencies, the various Aerospace program offices, and the Engineering and Technology Group to provide the customer with the best independent technical assessment using data/information/analyzes available from other organizations.


  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or science 
  • Minimum of 12 years of engineering and/or space launch experience
  • Strong background in launch vehicle propulsion in one or more of the following: 
    • liquid propulsion systems, 
    • solid rocket motors, 
    • ordnance, 
    • pneumatics or hydraulic systems
  • Demonstrated experience in preparing and presenting technical data clearly and concisely
  • Ability to lead and work effectively in a multi-disciplinary, multi-organizational team
  • Demonstrated initiative to work and resolve complex technical system engineering issues
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication 
  • Ability to travel and occasionally support extended work hours
  • Must have an active TS/SCI clearance


  • Advanced degree in engineering or sciences
  • Prior program office experience with support to OSL and/or the MAT
  • Strong systems engineering experience
  • Familiarity with Atlas V, Delta IV, Falcon 9, and Minotaur Launch vehicles
  • Proven ability in working effectively with the government customer
  • Strong interpersonal skills with team leadership and consensus building abilities to work within the MAT and launch vehicle community (SETAs, Aerospace, and customer)


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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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