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Project Engineer:Missile Defense Agency

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Date: Sep 13, 2017

Location: Huntsville, AL, US, 35806

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 30042 

All Locations: Huntsville, AL (Alabama) 

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?


Aerospace is currently accepting applications for positions supporting Missile Defense Agency (MDA) in Huntsville Alabama or the El Segundo California area. Opportunities exist for qualified engineers and analysts in support of the Technical Direction Agency (TDA) and the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) Capability Assessment (BCA) Team, Targets & Countermeasures, Knowledge Centers, and Mission Assurance. The selected candidate will work with a combined team of government, other FFRDC/UARC, and SETA personnel and will have frequent interaction with contractor, subcontractor, and vendor personnel, as well as the MDA Engineering and Quality functional organizations.

This position is located in Huntsville, Alabama.


Key Funtions

  • Provide mechanical engineering support and subject matter expertise to the MDA Program Offices at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL.
  • Provide support in the area of dynamic testing including vibration, and shock.
  • Coordinate the assessment of the flexible target vehicles, new entrant, ground based intercept, and any affected subsystems qualification and acceptance tests using analysis, ground, and flight-test data.
  • Provide support in activities related to design, evaluation, and testing of material and structures.
  • Interface with multiple contractors at various stages of the programs, from inception to flight test execution.  This includes the assessment of design and system adherence to MDA “Entrance & Exit criteria,” as applicable to payload and launch vehicle development, system analysis, logistics, production, test and evaluation, requirements compliance traceability,
  • Participate in anomaly and failure review boards to identify failure causes, corrective actions, and risk assessment.
  • Provide timely recommendations to line management and customers by means of technical briefing and reports.
  • Lead teams or serve as a team member, as well as task Aerospace Engineering Technologies Group matrix to resolve technical issues.
  • Support different levels of dynamic testing of various components and structures (pre-test analysis, test readiness reviews, data analysis, model correlation).
  • Review/assess contractor’s finite element models
  • Independently verify structural integrity of heritage & new flight hardware to provide mission assurance assessments.



  • A bachelor’s degree in an appropriate technical discipline, such as mechanical engineering or aerospace engineering.
  • Have the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance.
  • At least 8 years of increasingly responsible experience in fields related to structural analysis, environments test & dynamic.
  • A high level of initiative and flexibility to lead teams or serve as a team member.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Mil-STD 1540, Mil-STD 810, and SMC-S-016, and their application to missile components’ design guideline & qualification requirements.
  • Some experience in Finite Element Analysis software tools and other computational tools such as Matlab.
  • Ability to resolve dynamics problems and assess adherence to requirements through analysis and tests.
  • Position is located in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • Occasional travel is required.



  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to speak and present technical material to senior DoD and other US Government officials.
  • Demonstrated technical leadership and the ability to work effectively with various government personnel within MDA and contractors
  • Experience supporting Failure Review Boards, providing risk assessment and Path Forward Recommendations.
  • Advanced degree in engineering, science, or related technical field.
  • An active Secret clearance is highly desired.
  • Knowledge and experience with at least one of the following components of the BMDS: GMD, THAAD, Aegis BMD, Patriot, or Targets.
  • Experience in technical fields relating to Ballistic Missile Defense Interceptors (such as launch vehicles, propulsion, avionics, guidance, sensors).

Demonstrated ability to work in a matrixed environment, tasking matrixed engineers and scientists to complete program tasks.



Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.


Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: PROJ ENGINEER  

Clearance Requirement: Secret 

Access: None 

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.

Nearest Major Market: Huntsville

Job Segment: Defense, Project Engineer, R&D Engineer, Engineer, Secret Clearance, Government, Engineering

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