Sr. Project Engineer/Project Engineer - Classified C3 and Network Systems Support

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.

This position will provide technical leadership, subject matter expertise, and analytical support to the US Space Force (USSF) Space Operations Command (SpOC) in the areas of Command, Control, and Communications (C3) and Secure Network implementation for USSF's portfolio of Offensive and Defensive Space Control programs. The candidate should have experience in several of the following areas: Joint Capabilities Integration Development System (JCIDS), TS/SCI/SAP-level IT systems, WAN and LAN architecture, Risk Management Framework (RMF), Communications Security (COMSEC), Space Operations, Ground System Architecture, Mobile communications systems, Long haul communications, Development of test plans, Program acquisition lifecycle.

This position is an on-site position at the Peterson AFB in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This position is not eligible for teleworking.

What You Will Be Doing
  • The candidate will be required to participate in and facilitate design reviews, technical interchange meetings and working groups, working closely with the Program Offices at the Space Systems Command and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center.
  • Duties include ensuring concepts are technically sound, requirements are properly documented, designs meet specifications, tests procedures adequately prove the operational capability is demonstrated and acceptable and develop/document TS/SCI/SAP level IT system implementation and request processes.
  • The selected candidate will be expected to interact with the Aerospace Engineering and Technology Group (ETG), other program office staff and a wide variety of DOD organizations including HQ USSF, National Space Defense Center (NSDC), the Space RCOs, Space Security and Defense Program (SSDP), USSPACECOM, US Strategic Command, US Cyber Command, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), other functional and regional COCOMs, and the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The candidate will also be expected to effectively interface with the Intelligence Community and other government organizations such as the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


This position is available as a Project Engineer or Sr. Project Engineer

What You Will Need To Be Successful
Project Engineer


Minimum Requirements:
  • Be a proactive, fast learner with the willingness and ability to work in a dynamic hi-visibility environment with routine engagement with the most executive levels of government and decision makers.
  • Bachelor's degree in an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • Eight or more years of related experience is required.
  • Have 5 or more years of combined experience in Space Control operations, secure communications systems, and project management.
  • Experience in Space Control systems technologies, capabilities, acquisition, and an understanding of space and ground systems development.
  • Excellent full-spectrum communication and interpersonal skills; adept at written and oral communication spanning a wide range of levels of detail and communication media/processes.
  • Ability to travel regularly (4-12 times/year).
  • Current TS/SCI security clearance as issued by the US government, and ability to maintain it. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.


Sr. Project Engineer
  • 12 or more years of related experience is required
  • Same requirements as above


How You Can Stand Out

It would impressive if you have one or more of the following:
  • An advanced degree is desirable.
  • A strong technical background in secure communications systems, TS/SCI/SAP level IT systems, space systems operational communications infrastructure, and NSA approved Type One encryption devices.
  • A working knowledge of DOD network architectures, multi-level security, satellite control networks, the Joint Special Access Program Implementation Guide (JSIG), the Risk Management Framework (RMF), and the Joint Capabilities Integration Development System (JCIDS).
  • Joint Theater communications systems experience, and an understanding of general space operations is desirable.
  • Have excellent oral and written communications skills and be comfortable briefing senior military leaders.
  • Current Special Access (SAP) clearances.


We offer a competitive compensation package where you'll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. The grade-based pay range for this job is listed below. Individual salaries within that range are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge and skills.

(Min - Mid - Max)
$123,000 - $156,000 - $191,000

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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