Space RCO Satellite Assembly Integration and Test Engineer (Top Secret)

    • KBR
  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Posted 49 days ago | Updated 4 hours ago


On Site
Full Time


Integration testing
Customer insight
Program management
Systems engineering
Financial management
Human resources
Engineering support
Test plans
Quality assurance
System requirements
Artificial intelligence
Computer hardware
Regulatory Compliance
Mechanical engineering
Security clearance

Job Details


Space RCO Satellite Assembly Integration and Test Engineer (Top Secret)

KBR is searching for a satellite assembly integration and test (AI&T) engineer to support development of first-of-kind space vehicles and missions. This handpicked candidate must possess technical expertise and experience providing government customer insight during design, manufacture, integration, test and launch phases. Responsibilities will include oversight of various contractor I&T activities, identifying and resolving technical issues and influencing contractor efforts to successfully deliver satellites for on orbit operations. Additionally, the candidate will oversee and advise government program management on integration across full spectrum of interfaces, to include coordination with multiple mission partners. In this position, you will provide System Engineering Technical Assistance (SETA) to the Space Rapid Capabilities Office (SpRCO). The SpRCO program office, located at Kirtland AFB, NM, is a small, streamlined organization with dedicated, organic acquisition support functions: contracting, financial management, human resources, security, program management and technical engineering support that are critical in enabling the rapid response required for classified space programs. The mission is to develop and deliver operationally dominant space capabilities at the speed of warfighting relevance in response to Commander, U.S. Space Command requirements. A successful candidate should be a leader and problem solver with a proven ability to deliver superior results as part of a high performing team in a high-profile, fast-paced environment.

AI&T Engineer Principal Duty

You will work in a small, highly empowered team where every team member is directly responsible for the success of the program. Responsibilities span technology domains including space rated hardware, software, sensors, in an extremely fast-paced, responsive development environment. This SETA candidate will provide in-depth background on satellite vehicle bus and/or subsystem assembly, integration and testing to improve program office insight into state-of-the art IC, DoD, commercial and legacy space vehicle systems. You must apply advanced principles, theories, and concepts for highly classified systems, while also effectively communicating complex results with management and executive leadership.

SETA Role and Responsibilities:

  • Work in an interactive team environment with Government customer leads, satellite subsystems developers, and other subject matter experts
  • Identify risks, issues and solutions during spacecraft integration build flow and test operations
  • Evaluate proposed satellite designs for manufacturability and integration
  • Review, assess and evaluate contractor satellite assembly, integration and test plans and procedures
  • Perform test engineering and requirements flow down assessment on satellite level test plans, procedures and reports
  • Provide analysis support on satellite test results to verify the satellite design satisfies the system requirements
  • Evaluate non-conformances to determine root cause and create trackable risk items and advise on solutions and improvements
  • Participate in Failure Review Boards (FRBs) to adjudicate and resolve anomalies by direct fact finding, audits, inquiries, and investigations of processing, testing, or operational failures
  • Monitor compliance to interfaces and standards, and appropriate deviations/waivers are in place
  • Oversee and advise government program management on integration across full spectrum of interfaces, to include coordination with multiple mission partners
  • Produce documentation, reports in support of design, development, production, and testing
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and with technical accuracy-oral and written


Required skills:

  • Minimum five (5) years DoD/IC, or relevant industry work experience
  • Understanding of space operational environment and corresponding mission user needs
  • Previous experience performing space system engineering, development, manufacturing, and test
  • Experience working hands-on with commercial and/or government satellite systems
  • Experience developing satellite test and requirements verification plans
  • Experience analyzing and developing contract data requirements lists and deliverables
  • Experience working satellite structural, mechanical, thermal, dynamics, propulsion, mass properties

Desired skills:

  • Five (10) years of relevant DoD and/or Industry work experience with SAP and/or SCI
  • System Engineering Technical Assistance (SETA) to Government program office
  • Previous experience as Chief Engineer for a large national security space program
  • Experience with rapid build, qualification testing both at system and component level
  • Experience with ACAT I/II level acquisition programs
  • Experience leading satellite assembly, integration and testing for large space system
  • Familiarization with US Space Force, Space Systems Command, and IC partners


Desired Requirements:

  • An applicable engineering degree from a program from an accredited course of study in engineering, preferably accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) though not required
  • Relevant MS/ME degree


  • Active TOP SECRET clearance with sensitive compartmentalized information (SCI) and special access program (SAP) eligibility (no less than 2 years total SAP and/or SCI environment experience, with 1-year total within last 5 years) and willingness to submit to a Counter-Intelligence polygraph
  • Candidate must maintain a TS/SCI clearance as a condition of employment

Location/Travel Requirements:

  • Full-time, on site in vicinity of Kirtland AFB, NM, and will require travel up to 20% of time within the continental United States

KBR is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, national origin, veteran status, genetic information, union status and/or beliefs, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.