Satellite Assembly, Test and Launch SME - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee

Redondo Beach
United States


SAIC is looking for a SATL SME candidate that is a senior-level engineering professional who possesses demonstrated working knowledge of spacecraft design, manufacturing, integration and test processes. SATL SME develops knowledge of spacecraft design, manufacturing, integration and test processes. This position requires an active TS/SCI with Poly to start. 

SATL SME develops briefings and assessments to a variety of audiences and must be able to convey information in a clear and articulate manner to Government leadership. SATL SME provides domain expertise support to spacecraft assembly and test activities from initial planning through launch of space vehicle. SATL SME team the following qualifications:

•    10 years spacecraft assembly, test and launch processing experience
•    5 years Government space acquisition  experience
•    Recognized expert in spacecraft assembly, test, and launch General knowledge of acquisition lifecycle requirements
•    3 years working with spacecraft assembly, test and launch philosophies
•    Experience providing risk assessments and risk management recommendations to program managers
•    Thorough understanding of spacecraft specifications, design processes, integration & test requirements, launch base and early orbit operations plans and procedures
•    Thorough understanding  of spacecraft systems engineering principles and subsystem design, integration and test requirements, including test equipment support
•    General project management experience and thorough knowledge of NRO budget and financial processes
•    Ability to effectively lead, mentor and guide the efforts of a team of Entry, Intermediate and Senior SATLs
•    Demonstrated ability to prioritize competing requirements and tasks

SATL Tasks include:

•    Participate in factory and launch base activities such as witnessing installations and testing at all levels and providing feedback to government and team members
•    Assist in the development of acquisition strategies for planning spacecraft integration and test.
•    Coordinate technical evaluations of developer Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs), including Basis of Estimate evaluations and recommendations in support of establishing USG cost positions
•    Provide expert advice concerning payload and spacecraft assembly, integration and test.
•    Provide analysis and recommendations  for mechanical ground support equipment, electrical ground support equipment and flight hardware to the government
•    Attend engineering review boards, and technical exchange meetings.
•    Track assembly, test and launch processing issues, significant accomplishments and upcoming events; provide status updates to the customer.
•    Attend system level design reviews, and program management reviews to assess assembly, test and launch processing planning and execution and to provide informed technical recommendations to the customer.
•    Identify and assess emerging risks; develop and evaluate proposed bum-down plans.
•    Review prime contractor readiness to proceed into spacecraft assembly and test.
•    Verify that developer assembly, test, and launch approaches are executable within SPO resource and schedule constraints
•    Review contractor procedures for spacecraft assembly, test, integration, and launch processing and coordinate with other engineers, FFRDC and developer personnel to resolve issues.
•    Support Government crew members with technical support during events at the launch base, the factory, and MGS, for ascent, deployment, activation, test, and initial operations; perform anomaly assessments and to evaluate proposed resolution plans and contingency tests.
•    Develop and maintain productive relationships with prime contractor counterparts, functional counterparts, and other spacecraft subsystem subject matter experts.
•    Advise and mentor Government ATL leads regarding spacecraft design elements.



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


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