Space Vehicle Engineer

Requisition ID: 45427

All Locations: El Segundo, CA (California)

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 selected individual will provide overall space vehicle engineering support in the Environmental Monitoring Directorate under Space Based Sensing Division. From demo development to spacecraft production, and from proposal evaluation to on-orbit sustainment, the Environmental Monitoring Directorate supports all mission areas under the Air Force Weather Enterprise at various stages in the life cycle. The position will involve interfacing with Government personnel, contractor, ETG, and external Weather stakeholders. In addition, this position will require extensive knowledge of the Aerospace Mission Assurance process and the ETG backplane.

Key Functions

  • Provide technical leadership to oversee space vehicle development and integration
  • Identify and assess risk items affecting space vehicle performance
  • Manage task assignments to ensure space vehicle mission assurance
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with
    • Government counterparts
    • Members in the directorate
    • Space vehicle contractors
    • Internal and external stakeholders
  • Generate weekly status on space vehicle development across all mission areas
  • Develop executive level briefings for Aerospace Executive Reviews and AF Readiness Reviews


  • Bachelor's degree in an appropriate technical discipline from a recognized institution
  • Twelve or more years of experience focused on space vehicle development, test and integration, launch, and sustainment
  • Experience providing anomaly assessment and leading resolution of space vehicle issues
  • Ability to obtain/maintain a Secret level clearance

  • Master's degree in engineering, physics or similar technical discipline
  • Prior experience working with space vehicle on SMC missions
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills, including experience with collaborative systems thinking, consensus decision making and leading small teams to resolve technical issues
  • Demonstrated leadership capability to present complex technical concepts in a way that matches and engages a variety of teams and all levels of management
  • Demonstrated dependability and adaptability
  • Demonstrated technical leadership and project management, working collaboratively and side by side with co-workers, and actively contributing to the team
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with numerous internal and external organizations
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced program office and to balance technical details and broader programmatic issues
  • Ability to visualize and articulate problems and concepts in a systematic manner

Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Secret

Access: None

Polygraph: None

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.

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

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