Engineer Systems 2

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems in air and space that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our work preserves freedom and democracy, and advances human discovery and our understanding of the universe. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have a lot of fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) project has an opening for a Systems Operations Engineer 2 excited to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals supporting mission operations training in preparation for JWST launch and commissioning. This position will be located in Redondo Beach, CA. The JWST Rehearsal and Training Team is responsible for conducting JWST observatory launch readiness planning, including system/subsystem overview classroom instruction and flight operations and technical support team mission rehearsals at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) Mission Operations Center (MOC) in Baltimore, MD.

The successful candidate needs to be able to quickly acquire a full functional understanding of the JWST observatory and integrate operational concepts with potential anomalous scenarios to effectively test the teams and their products and processes.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Support all aspects of the development and execution of JWST flight operations and Mission Operations Team (MOT) observatory training, rehearsals, and Integrated Crew Exercises (ICEs)
  • Primary focus to identify, develop, and implement JWST observatory and ground anomalies to test members of the Mission Operations Team including developing and implementing observatory scenario software scripts to simulate JWST observatory behaviors.
  • Preparation of simulation products and written materials in support of formal program rehearsals at the Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) in Baltimore, MD
  • Execution of informal factory mini exercises at the Mission Planning Support Subsystem (MPSS) lab in M1
  • Continued improvement of software simulation capabilities through documentation and resolution of lessons learned captured during rehearsal events.
  • Supporting initiatives for new operations concepts, supporting project technical reviews, and supporting program working groups and customer interchanges.
Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an ABETaccredited university and2+ years of Systems Engineering experience in an aerospace/defense environment OR
  • Master's Degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline from an ABET accredited university
  • Demonstrated satellite subsystem knowledge
  • Software/hardware simulator programming and operational skills
  • Software and/or tool development experience


Preferred Qualifications:
  • Master's Degree
  • Excellent communication and teamwork
  • Experience troubleshooting Software and Testbed simulation systems
  • Previous experience in a flight operations campaign preferably as a training engineer
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently under limited direction within the scope of an assignment and use independent judgment in determining methods, techniques, and evaluation criteria
  • Excellent written, verbal communication, and presentation skills with demonstrated ability to lead working groups and technical interchange meetings
  • Exceptional analytical problem solver and systems-level thinker
  • Academic and work experience in support of several of the following disciplines: space vehicle design and analysis, functional analysis of requirements, design/integration and test, trade studies, performance analysis, interface control, and project management
  • Previous satellite exercise or rehearsal experience
  • NASA GSFC or other NASA center launch readiness experience


Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit www.northropgrumman.com/EEO . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.${descr2}${descr3}


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