Sr. Space Vehicle Systems Engineer - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

United States


Vehicle Engineering requires an engineer with technical expertise in spacecraft systems engineering. The selected candidate will be an integral participant in spacecraft requirements development, design analysis, and verification.  Key areas of focus include spacecraft requirements, test, deployments, weight management, fault management, power allocation, and payload accommodation. Candidate should be experienced in the design & integration of satellite buses, Satellite bus hardware (ACS, C&DH, EPS) and knowledgeable of launch & flight operations of space vehicles.

The following tasks are representative of those that will be accomplished at the request of the customer:

  • Support the customer in the oversight of the all aspects of the design, integration and test of spacecraft bus
  • Review and coordinate on all changes to specifications, lCDs and system level requirements documentation including the mechanical, thermal, and electrical accommodation of payloads onto the satellite bus
  • Review spacecraft manufacturing specifications for accuracy and ensure requirement allocation documentation is complete and accurate
  • Review drawings, documents and procedures for design, manufacturing and integration, and provide comments to the contractor and/or government
  • Track development issues, significant accomplishments and upcoming events and provide weekly status updates to the customer
  • Attend system level design reviews, and program management reviews to assess design maturity, requirements compliance and to provide informed technical recommendations to the USG
  • identify and assess emerging risks; develop and evaluate proposed burn-down Plans
  • Review prime contractor readiness to proceed into spacecraft manufacturing and test
  • Provide expert advice/analysis on accommodation considerations for new satellite/payload developments
  • Coordinate with spacecraft bus development POC, subsystem leads, branch chiefs and division chiefs
  • Provide support to launch and satellite on-orbit test as required by the customer
  • Attend branch meetings as appropriate at the request of the customer to coordinate support activities
  • Provide technical evaluation of accommodation efforts in contractor Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs)
  • Attend contractor milestone reviews (e.g. PDR, CDR, pretest, pre-ship and other meetings) to provide technically based recommendations regarding satisfaction of review entrance and exit criteria
  • Support factory integration and test activities as required
  • Develop productive relationships with prime contractor counterparts, functional counterparts, and other spacecraft subsystem subject matter experts
  • Advise and mentor USG space vehicle systems engineering lead and other personnel regarding spacecraft design elements
  • Other duties as specified by the customer



  • Degree in engineering discipline required
  • Education and experience with spacecraft design, manufacture, and test
  • Basic understanding of DOD/lC satellite systems and architectures
  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, team building and problem solving skills with a demonstrated ability to be effective in a government/contractor team environment
  • Experience in DOD/IC acquisition and program management processes
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated sustained superior performance
  • Available to travel domestically

TYPICAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelors and eigtheen (18) years or more experience; Masters and sixteen (16) years or more experience; PhD or JD and fifteen years or more experience.