Senior Operations Engineer - Mission Operations

Requisition ID: 41821

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia)

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 Mission Operations Directorate (MOD) delivers, enhances, and assures the operational performance of space, ground and processing systems to satisfy intelligence needs. The Operations Engineering (OE) team manages engineering activities throughout MOD. OE works with acquisition offices and with Systems Engineering Directorate (SED) to represent MOD requirements and equities throughout the acquisition lifecycle. OE also works closely with engineering organizations at the ground stations to conduct system integration. We are seeking a Senior Operations Engineer to perform various systems engineering and integration (SE&I) activities in direct support of MOD/OE, with an emphasis on Enterprise readiness


  • Provide technical leadership for system readiness and operational acceptance across the MOD Enterprise
  • Identify and help to resolve key issues affecting the operational readiness of systems and capabilities
  • Participate in select system readiness milestones (requirements and design reviews, test readiness reviews, transitions to operations, etc.)
  • Identify and analyze operational risks, and the associated mitigation plans
  • Serve as the MOD/OE responsible engineer for select issues and projects
  • Assist with cross-directorate efforts to improve systems engineering and integration (SE&I) as practiced at the sites and between headquarters and sites
  • Support the evolution and execution of the associated hierarchy of integration boards and working groups that enable SE&I activities
  • As required, prepare reports and briefings, and present recommendations to customers and Aerospace management


  • A bachelor's degree or higher degree in engineering, science, mathematics, or a related field from a recognized institution
  • A current an/or active TS/SSBI
  • This position requires the ability to have and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

  • 12 or more years of relevant experience
  • At least 5 years in systems engineering or in technical roles directly related to mission operations
  • A strong technical background in systems engineering, with experience in engineering disciplines that support real time mission operations
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, to include oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrated initiative and the proven ability to work effectively in a dynamic technical environment with customers, SETA and other FFRDCs
  • Occasional travel to contractor and/or government facilities

  • An advanced degree in engineering, science, mathematics, or a related field from a recognized institution
  • Direct experience in satellite, ground or communications operations
  • Direct experience with site integration and the associated standards, processes and governance
  • Experience collaborating across customer directorates and offices
  • Experience leading or managing teams
  • Familiarity with the customer organization

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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title : PROJECT ENGR SR

Clearance Requirement: TS/SSBI

Access: SCI

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph

Relocation Available: Yes

Employment Type: Regular

Work Schedule: Full 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.

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, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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Nearest Major Market: Washington DC
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