Independent Readiness Review Team Avionics Engineer

The Independent Readiness Review Team (IRRT) ensures that the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) space vehicles, launch vehicles, and ground control systems were built properly to perform reliably over the system s mission life. The SMC Commander (SMC/CC) established the IRRT. The SMC Engineering Directorate (EN) maintains the IRRT to provide an independent assessment of program risks and risk mitigation options to SMC leadership for designated SMC launch vehicles, space vehicles, and ground control systems. The IRRT acts independently from the programs under its review, and the SMC Commander is the final authority for directing and authorizing reviews by the IRRT. The IRRT can report risk assessments and recommended mitigations directly to SMC/CC; however, it typically works risks with the System Program Offices (SPO) and Mission Directors (MDs) before elevating them to the SMC/CC. The IRRT only assesses technical risk and does not consider cost or schedule constraints. After Flight Readiness Review (FRR), the IRRT will provide the same mission success risk assessments to the MD until one day prior to launch when it becomes impractical for the IRRT to provide essential and timely risk assessments that will not interrupt the launch campaign. The IRRT does not participate in cost and schedule decisions, thus does not provide risk assessments or polling votes to forums such as transport space vehicle from integration facility to stack up and roll to pad. The IRRT does provide input to space vehicle ship decisions and consent to fuel.

  • Support the avionics panel by providing technical assistance in the area of launch vehicle avionics hardware systems. This includes technical evaluation and risk assessments of guidance and navigation hardware, thrust vector control, attitude control, electrical power, electrical distribution, electrical interfaces, telemetry, tracking, command, communications, and sensors. This includes evaluation of the design, development, analysis and testing of radio frequency and digital and analog electronic circuits, units and systems, and aspects of hardware in other technical areas (Parts, Materials and Processes).
  • Evaluate risk in the area of test and evaluation, to include system test procedures, test results, system and subsystem environmental tests, configuration management, ground support equipment (GSE), system checkout procedures, launch operations, orbital operations, software, system interfaces, post flight analysis, test range instrumentation support and planning, ground and flight safety, and security. Technical evaluations and risk assessments in the area of product assurance include quality assurance/manufacturing, reliability, parts/materials/ processes control, contamination/corrosion control, and a comparison of the adequacy of the product for performance and build quality against design disclosure and fleet norms.
  • Provide Advisory and Assistance Services (A&AS), including subject matter expertise (SME), in support of IRRT mission areas as directed in SMC-G-1201, SMC-G-1202, SMC-G-1203, and SMC-G-1204. Support IPTs in developing draft charts in support of Readiness Reviews described in those guides.
  • Perform peer reviews as a member of the technical panel on space vehicles, control segments, and launch vehicles developed by SMC s prime contractors, sub-contractors, and vendors.
  • Position is located at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, CA.
  • Travel less than 25%.

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