Mission Systems Engineering Mentor/Coach

    • Greenbelt, MD

Requisition ID: 55025

All Locations: Greenbelt, MD (Maryland)

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?


The Operational Programs Directorate (OPD) of Civil Space Program Operations (CSPO) has responsibility for the mission success of several satellite programs where NASA has responsibility for mission system development and integration. These mission systems integrate spacecraft bus(es), instrument suites, ground stations, command, control and data processing systems, and operations and engineering staffs distributed worldwide. The success of these highly integrated systems demands a rigorous, disciplined Mission Systems Engineering (MSE) approach that harmonizes system development, procurement practices, systems integration, operations readiness, and transition from development to operations.

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, Maryland, is home to the nation's largest organization of scientists, engineers and technologists who build spacecraft, instruments and new technology to study Earth, the sun, our solar system and the universe. NASA GSFC employs a rigorous MSE process to support its multitude of missions, and thus requires a workforce skilled in MSE principles, processes, and best practices to achieve mission success.

Key Functions

  • Synthesize a complete syllabus of NASA Mission Systems Engineering (MSE) knowledge: principles, processes, best practices, technological concerns, soft skills, case examples
  • Create and/or assemble relevant MSE materials and documents to support instruction
  • Instruct Aerospace and/or NASA staff on MSE principles, processes, and best practices
  • Mentor and coach Aerospace and/or NASA GSFC staff serving in or supporting MSE roles


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university in engineering, science, or equivalent
  • 12 or more years of progressively responsible professional experience in one or more of the following areas:
    • Spacecraft Subsystems (Power, Mechanisms, Communications, Avionics, etc)
    • Earth Observing Spaceborne Instruments
    • Ground Systems for Flight Operations, Data Processing and Distribution
    • Mission (Flight and/or Data Processing) Operations
  • Thorough knowledge of NASA Systems Engineering principles and processes, including those specific to NASA GSFC
  • Experience in Mission Systems Engineering roles at NASA GSFC
  • Experience in interacting with NASA Project Managers to identify and resolve engineering issues to their satisfaction
  • Excellent verbal, written and presentation skills

  • Existing positive relationship(s) with MSE cohort at NASA GSFC
  • Knowledge of current and emerging NASA GSFC missions

Transcript Requirement


Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Secret

Access: None

Polygraph: None

Relocation Available: No

Employment Type: Casual

Work Schedule: Part 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.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance. U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

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 atieo.mailbox@aero.org. You can also reviewThe Equal Employment Opportunity is the Lawposter andthe supplement, as well as thePay Transparency Policy Statement.

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