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Launch Vehicle Systems Engineer

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THE Aerospace Corporation Vandenberg AFB , CA 93437

Posted 3 months ago

Requisition ID: 42769
All Locations: Vandenberg AFB, 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, youll 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, youll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators. Are you ready to launch your career?


Works independently with both internal and external customers and with technical support, as a technical authority, consultant, primary investigator, or project leader. May lead or organize technical efforts or project teams.

Interfaces between customers and Aerospace technical and management staff. May mentor less experienced Members of Technical Staff (MTS) and serve as role model. Responsible to lead systems engineering, VAFB infrastructure, and launch verification support for the Western Range. Support will be spread across SMC, 30th SW, NRO, and MDA.

The selected candidate will demonstrate the following characteristics:
Ability to work collaboratively with internal / external organizations and to perform effectively as part of a team
Strong oral and written communication skills and the ability to establish / sustain excellent working relationships with the Air Force, NRO, MDA and AFNWC customers, Aerospace and contractor personnel
High level of innovation, creativeness, and initiative
Ability to coordinate resources not under direct management

Key Functions
Normally responsible for (a) a specific project element (e.g., a payload, spacecraft subsystem, or software package) and associated interfaces; (b) a specific engineering discipline (e.g., fracture analysis, circuit design); (c) a program of system aspect that crosses technical boundaries (e.g., mission analysis, technical design/evaluation, on-orbit operations). In systems engineering assignments, independently services a number of project segments and/or smaller program/project efforts.
Provide support and close coordination as a subject matter expert for the GN2 plant on Vandenberg. The GN2 plant is a critical launch asset and Aerospace is responsible for overseeing engineering changes, contract negotiations, deep technical knowledge of its operation, and long term trending of use and cathodic protection.
Support to MDA customers for technical reviews including but not limited to, payload mission reviews, Interceptor/Target Assessments, Pedigree Reviews, Test Assessments, Data Relay Projects, and Quality/Safety/Mission Assurance.
Provide direct support to the NRO for special studies and system safety analysis.
Provide direct support of the SMC EELV program responsible for SV interface verification and monitoring critical operations
Evaluate out of position work, out of sequence work and dispositions of non-conformances to assess the impact on mission risk and to provide recommendations to reduce risk.
Maintain relationships with a diverse Aerospace staff (scattered throughout the company) and achieve responsiveness to customer rapid response taking.
Communicate effectively with customer, contractor, and Aerospace management.
Maintain security compliance and promotion of safety, security, and environmental awareness within the WRD.


Bachelors degree in Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Science, Math or related technical field
8 years of progressive experience that includes experience in MDA interceptor and target vehicle operations and/or flight system design, build, assembly, integration and test
Experience in product assurance, mission assurance and manufacturing for flight and ground systems
Experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with customers
Work experience in matrixed staff organizations with project lead or management experience
Ability to communicate effectively with senior customer, contractor and Aerospace management
Familiarity with MDA, SMC, NASA, industry, Mission Assurance standards
Occasional travel is required
Ability to support off shift requirements as needed
Current Secret Clearance

Top Secret with SSBI
Advanced degree preferred in Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or related field
Broad internal recognition from peers and Aerospace program office
Broad technical/programmatic impact inside and outside of Aerospace

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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, 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 youre 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 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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Launch Vehicle Systems Engineer

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