Satellite Ground Station System Engineer - Military veterans preferred

Kellogg Brown & Root (


  full-time   employee

Sioux Falls
South Dakota
United States


Satellite Ground Station System Engineer

KBR is seeking a Satellite Ground Station System Engineer to join its talented team in Sioux Falls, South Dakota . KBR, headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is the prime Technical Services Support Contractor (TSSC) to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), providing support in the areas of science, engineering, and technical operations at the Earth Resources Observation and Science ( EROS ) Center ( ) near Sioux Falls, SD ( ). This Satellite Ground Station System Engineer position will focus on performing system engineering duties in support of the Landsat Ground System used to communicate with on-orbit Landsat satellites. The candidate will have development experience in a relatable field such as satellite communication, RF systems, thermal and/or operational land imagery instruments, or ground processing of satellite data.

Education and Experience:

  • BS in Engineering and/or Computer Science
  • Minimum of 5 years of related technical and/or development engineering experience

Core Responsibilities:

  • Provides technical support and system engineering functions for the various Landsat Ground Network Element (GNE) hardware and software systems; includes Satcom RF antennas and equipment, automation systems, data capture and routing systems, etc.
  • Works closely with the Development and Operations leads to evaluate current and new mission needs; makes recommendations that satisfy evolving requirements while maintaining the integrity of existing missions and business needs
  • Works closely with USGS, NASA, and other mission-level partners to meet the needs of the overall mission
  • Performs analysis of customer needs; defines system solutions to integrate and deliver capabilities into the GNE and ground system as part of the overall Landsat mission
  • Provide leadership and guidance on engineering aspects of the development and integration of multiple systems through system analysis and design, system integration, and decision analysis and resolution
  • Conduct systems engineering activities in accordance with the Landsat Systems Engineering Management Plan (SEMP); includes preparing operations concepts, developing and implementing requirements, defining and documenting interface definitions, conducting architecture and trade study analysis, developing integration plans, presenting milestone reviews to the customer, and executing formal testing
  • Support development and testing of elements that interface with the GNE to help maintain overall mission integrity
  • Develops and presents briefings and system documentation to senior level management
  • Assists the Development and Operations leads to manage budget, schedule, and scope for GNE systems

Other Responsibilities:

  • Support technical activities with other applicable personnel internal and external to the Landsat Project
  • Support USGS Landsat Project Management data calls and scenarios

Other Skills / Requirements:

  • Requirement generation and mapping experience
  • Change Management experience
  • Integration and test experience
  • Experience with RF or ground station operations
  • Verbal/Presentation Skills: Ability to conduct project reviews (preliminary and critical design, pre-ship, test readiness, and operational readiness), provide briefings upon request
  • Written skills: Ability to develop and review technical documentation including requirements, trade studies, test plans, procedures, etc.
  • Able to evaluate customer needs and translate into technical requirements or engineering activities
  • US Citizenship is required due to ITAR requirements

The candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a national agency check and background investigation after hire to obtain a badge for facility access and user accounts.

This position will be posted to the career opportunities listing on the KBR website ( ).

This position may be filled by a KBR teammate on the TSSC Contract. Please apply on-line.

KBR is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/m/f/disabled/veteran.

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