Space OPIR System Integration Project Engineer/Senior Project Engineer

Full Time

  • No Travel Required

Job Description

The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation's space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space- delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you'll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration - to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

The Aerospace Corporation Space Systems Group (SSG) serves as the technical and programmatic advisor to the United States Space Force (USSF) Space Systems Command (SSC) for acquiring, developing and fielding capabilities for the United States Space Command and joint warfighter, as well as to maintain America's comprehensive military advantage in space.
As a Project Engineer/Senior Project Engineer in the Integration and Modeling, Simulation & Analysis Department within the Integrated Missile Warning Missile Tracking Missile Defense Subdivision of the Space Based Sensing Division, you will provide system integration support to SSC Overhead Persistent Infrared (OPIR) programs.
Some telecommuting is possible depending on customer needs.

What You'll Be Doing
  • Provide the Government with system integration (space-ground) expertise for the Next Generation OPIR Programs
  • Apply disciplined system integration methods, processes, and tools to identify, assess and enable the resolution of technical disconnects within the Missile Warning/Tracking/Defense Enterprise
  • Ensure that the Government and Aerospace management have current and complete knowledge of the program integration technical and programmatic status
  • Represent Aerospace in program meetings and technical forums such as design reviews, technical interchanges, and program management reviews
  • Participate in program status assessments and independent risk assessments that advise Government and Aerospace management of perceived technical problems and recommend courses of action
  • Prepare briefings and reports to provide status and recommendations to the Government and Aerospace management on the technical assessments and analyses performed by Aerospace to support the integration process
  • Interact regularly with Government teams, development contractors, and other collaborators across the Missile Warning/Tracking/Defense Enterprise
  • Provide, in collaboration with the Government, oversight and insight for contractor system integration strategies and detailed planning for their system functional and performance testing for the ground, space, and combined ground-space capabilities.
  • Provide ground development technical support for integrating, testing, and transitioning the space assets to their ground systems
  • Define critical system integration decision points and landmarks/events to ensure the successful transitioning of system capabilities from development to operations
  • Provide integration requirements for digital engineering models and simulations at the system level


What You Need to be Successful - Project Engineer

Minimum Requirements:
  • Bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, physical science, mathematics, or related technical degree from an accredited institution
  • Minimum of 8 years of related professional engineering/scientific experience with at least 5 years of current space system integration experience with national security space systems
  • Experience and understanding of Overhead Persistent Infrared Missile Warning, Missile Tracking, Missile Defense mission areas
  • Familiarity with Digital Engineering concepts and Model-Based System Engineering tools
  • Collaboration skills to build effective relationships with SSC teams and other mission partners
  • Proven ability to work in a highly dynamic program office environment with a mix of Government, FFRDC and SETA personnel
  • This position requires a current Secret security clearance, which is issued by the US Government. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.
  • Ability to obtain a TS/SCI security clearance
  • Ability to travel within and to/from California and Colorado


What You Need to be Successful - Senior Project Engineer

Minimum Requirements:
  • All the above requirements plus the following:
  • Total of 12 years of related professional engineering/scientific experience with at least a total of 8 years of current space system integration experience with national security space systems
  • Significant experience and understanding of Overhead Persistent Infrared Missile Warning, Missile Tracking, Missile Defense mission areas


How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:
  • Advanced degree in engineering, computer science, physical science, mathematics, or related technical degree from an accredited institution
  • A current Top Secret/SCI security clearance, which is issued by the US Government
  • Experience in the successful integration of ground and space segments
  • Familiarity with Aerospace methods and prior experience coordinating with the Aerospace Engineering & Technology Group
  • Experience with Model Based Systems Engineering model development
  • Experience working on Space Systems Command or National Reconnaissance Office space systems


Grade-Based Pay Range

(Min - Mid - Max)
$122,952 - $202,011 - $281,070

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:
  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
  • 401(k) Plan - Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
  • Education assistance programs
  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect


We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other-the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

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 you're 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 310.336.5432 or by email at ieo.mailbox@aero.org . You can also review Know Your Rights : Workplace Discrimination is Illegal , as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement .
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