Aerojet Rocketdyne is seeking a Specialist Engineer, Spacecraft Systems Integration and Mission Operations - Mission Architecture to join our team in Redmond, Washington.
The Specialist Engineer in Spacecraft Mission Operations and Systems Integration is a leadership position responsible for defining and directing the mission and spacecraft architecture activities in collaboration with Program Management and Business Development organizations. This position will be responsible for leading a systems engineering and integration team in space mission analysis and design/development/qualification to include mission objectives definition, mission characterization and evaluation, and spacecraft system requirements definition through allocation to system elements and subsystems. Demonstrated experience with the full breadth of spacecraft development from mission characterization through spacecraft assembly, integration, and test, including facilities and flow, launch site processing, on-orbit check-out, system verification testing, and qualification and demonstration planning.
This position may be filled at this level or one level higher.
70% - Early phase activity for mission characterization and CONOPS including space environments requirements derivation, followed by ICD development on propulsion and power elements and spacecraft, and applied knowledge to spacecraft assembly, integration, and test requirements for facilities and launch processing. Identifies, evaluates, and provides creative and practical solutions to a range of candidate spacecraft mission architectures requiring the use of conventional analysis methods and tools. Conceives and plans projects involving the development of existing and/or new programs that address targeted technical objectives. Leads teams in the planning and conduct of spacecraft and mission system studies, design requirements and subsystem flow down, development testing requirements, applicable validation methods for compliance and verification, and design and mission selection reviews.
20% - Proposal development and customer interaction. Provides significant insight and technical direction to capture campaigns, and supports customer meetings and follow-through contacts to appraise and evaluate new business opportunities and associated strategies. Participates in technical proposals describing technical design approach, relevant heritage, risk assessment and mitigation planning, and rationale with estimated cost and schedule.
10% - Works with Systems Engineering management team to plan and execute continuous process improvements developing standard work and implementing tools for space mission design and analysis.
Requires a Bachelor's degree (or higher) in Mechanical and/or Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering (or other appropriate discipline/science) and at least 9 (nine) years of direct experience in space mission analysis and operations, including spacecraft design, development, and qualification. Demonstrated positive interaction with internal and external customers and ability to engender respect from peers, customers and senior staff. Demonstrated communication skills with senior staff, program chief engineers, and executives. Expertise in the design, analysis, and testing of spacecraft systems and components is required. Working knowledge of space mission and spacecraft performance analytical and design tools is strongly desired. Spacecraft high power bus regulation (greater than 15kW), peak power tracking, and electric propulsion system (arcjet, hall effect, Ion) integration experience preferred.
US Citizenship required. Must be able to obtain and maintain a U.S. Security Clearance at the appropriate level (U.S. Citizenship required). Must also be able to satisfy federal government requirements for access to government information, and having dual citizenship may preclude you from being able to meet this requirement.
Work Environment and Physical Requirements:
Employees in these positions must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; stamina to sit and to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 15 pounds; may require minimal walking, climbing, stooping, crouching, and/or bending; and vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. May require the ability to travel by air or auto. May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and shop coat. These positions may be expected to work varying shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.