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Sr. Project Engineer - Mission Integration

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Filter by Date: Dec 5, 2018

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 43603 

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?


Mission integration in Launch Systems Division will serve as the primary interface between launch vehicle (Atlas V, Falcon, and New Entrants) and spacecraft Program Offices and respective contractors for SMC and NRO spacecraft.  Mission Integration supports day of launch activities from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Florida and Vandenberg Air Force Base California.  The selected candidate will demonstrate strong communication skills with the ability to effectively interact with program office, engineering, customers and contractor personnel. The successful candidate will join a team of highly skilled professionals that are making innovative advancements.  


Key Functions

  • Develop, flow down and verify launch service requirements, and ensure LV hardware and launch services successfully fulfill mission requirements. 
  • Work with launch vehicle (Atlas V, Falcon 9, and New Entrant) programs and launch site teams to ensure launch systems meet all mission requirements. 
  • Manage and track mission verification activities leading up to day of launch. 
  • Develop and incorporate mission integration requirements and strategy into program planning for future launch service acquisitions. 
  • Form and lead teams that work across functional organizations. 
  • Establish effective working relationships with spacecraft programs and launch vehicle and space vehicle contractors. 
  • Work effectively with customer personnel at all levels. 
  • Evaluate contractor proposals. 
  • Mentor junior Air Force officers and help them develop into effective program managers. 
  • Prepare and present mission readiness briefings at major readiness reviews.



  • BS degree or higher in Engineering or Science 
  • 12 or more years of related technical experience that includes leadership experience 
  • Experience in a variety of technical disciplines associated with spacecraft and launch vehicles (examples include: system engineering, mission integration, propulsion, avionics, etc.) 
  • Demonstrated ability to identify and effectively resolve complex issues in a timely manner, and to simultaneously work multiple issues
  • Ability to balance technical details and broader programmatic issues
  • Strong initiative, good communications skills, and the ability to build and maintain effective interpersonal relations are essential
  • Strong mission focus and good organization skills
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced program office
  • Top Secret Clearance with current SSBI and ability to obtain SCI access 



  • MS in Engineering or Science degree
  • Multi-disciplinary systems engineering and/or program management environment experience 
  • Current TS/SCI clearance 


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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