Computing Systems Engineer

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Aerospace Corporation
Aerospace, Systems, Embedded, Engineer, IT, Solaris, Engineering, Linux, Windows, Python, Network, TCP, IP
Full Time

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.

Job Summary

The Vehicle Systems Division (VSD) sits at the center of the ideas and data behind current and future systems supplying innovative research and development; technical evaluations during the acquisition process; conceptual and detailed design; assembly, integration, and test; and operational support. Comprised primarily of highly-trained mechanical and aerospace engineers, VSD provides national expertise in the areas of vehicle engineering; guidance, navigation, and controls; robotics; electro-mechanical devices; embedded systems; fluid mechanics; propulsion; thermal control; orbital mechanics; mechanisms; structures; structural dynamics; and dynamic environments.

Within VSD, the Embedded Control Systems Department (ECSD) focuses on flight computers, flight software, cube sat development, and embedded system architecture while supporting a variety of independent R&D efforts in robotics, automation, and distributed systems. Our multidisciplinary staff provides technical oversight throughout the flight software development process, from requirements definition to day-of-launch and on-orbit operations. We develop high-fidelity closed-loop hardware and software testbeds to test the software, and to assess its readiness for flight. In addition, we develop and test real-time embedded software for picosats, drones, and other emerging technologies. The Computing Systems Engineer position is a critical part of the team, providing tailored computing solutions to each project unique requirements. This is a full-time position based in El Segundo, CA.

What You'll Be Doing
  • As the Computing Systems Engineer you will provide the specialized IT support and system administration of computer systems in support of the various hardware in the loop (HIL) simulations, embedded test beds, and software development platforms
  • Integration and maintenance of the uniquely configured computational systems with a variety of operating systems including Redhat/CentOS, Debian/Ubuntu, Solaris SPARC/x86, and ARM architectures
  • Provision, configure, and integrate computing systems to host simulations and interface with embedded systems including driver development, network configuration, and system debugging
  • Conduct tests and perform analyses of software systems embedded within launch vehicles, spacecraft, picosats, and other mission-critical components of space systems
  • Develop automation of testing and analysis tasks, leveraging AI and machine learning where possible
  • Support flight software verification through requirements analyses, design and code peer reviews, and unit test inspections and analyses
  • Encourages technical growth and mentors less experienced staff.

This position is available as an Engineering Specialist or Sr. Engineering Specialist

What You Need to be Successful

Minimum Requirements:

Engineering Specialist
  • Bachelor's degree in a STEM field or equivalent
  • Typically, 8 years of applicable professional or education experience is required
  • Broad background knowledge of IT topics including networking, encryption, storage devices/systems, operating system concepts
  • Ability to install open source software including configuring, compiling, installing, and updating
  • Understanding of package management for Linux and Windows operating systems for example dpkg/rpm and Conan
  • Experience specifying hardware/software configurations for the purchase of servers, workstations, and desktops to support specific project requirements
  • Experience installing and configuring operating systems like Redhat/CentOS, Debian/Ubuntu and Solaris SPARC/x86
  • Ability to write, test, implement shell scripts to do system management tasks such as nightly cronjobs
  • Ability to plan, schedule and analyze risks of large-scale tasks like OS upgrades, hardware upgrades, storage migration, etc
  • Ability to develop C, C++, and Python
  • Experience with profiling and benchmarking CPUs, IO, network, and software performance
  • This position requires ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the US government. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance

Sr. Engineering Specialist

Same requirements as an Engineering Specialist noted above, in addition to:
  • Typically, 12 years of applicable professional or education experience is required
  • Expert background knowledge of software development processes and tools including compilers, IDEs, software engineering, coding standards, software metrics and code verification

How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:

Engineering Specialist or Sr. Engineering Specialist
  • Broad background knowledge of IT topics including processor instruction sets, OS schedulers, and emulators/simulators
  • Experience with configuring and maintaining Network File Systems (NFS) and Network Information Service (NIS), or Server Message Block (SMB) in a heterogenous network
  • Knowledge of configuring, managing, and debugging TCP/IP for private networks, servers, desktops, baseboard management, and network connected devices like PDUs, KVMs, etc.
  • The ability to install, configure, and manage commercial software and license managers such as FlexNet
  • Experience with configuring and using server baseboard management controllers like iDRACs, ALOMs, iLO, kickstart, netinstall, pxe, as well as knowledge of IPMI
  • Experience with hardware in the loop (HIL) simulations, embedded systems, and/or single board computers

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 The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.


Company Information

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, you’ll 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, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators. Are you ready to launch your career?

Dice Id : 90970895
Position Id : R001951
Originally Posted : 1 month ago

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