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Ground System Engineer, Sr. Project Engineer

The Aerospace Corporation | Aurora CO 80247 USA | Full Time | Posted: 06/18/2021

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In an era of dynamic change in space, Aerospace is addressing a generation of complex challenges. We operate the only federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) committed exclusively to the space enterprise. Our technical experts span every discipline of space-related science and engineering. Join our team and thrive in a career that matters to the world and you personally.

The Civil Systems Group Operational Programs (OP) team has responsibility for the mission success of multi-agency operational satellite programs where NASA has responsibility for mission system development and integration.   These programs are Landsat, Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), and Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES). Their mission systems integrate spacecraft bus(es), instrument suites, ground stations, command, control and data processing systems, and operations and engineering staffs distributed worldwide. The success of these highly integrated systems demands a rigorous, disciplined mission systems engineering approach that harmonizes system development, procurement practices, systems integration, operations readiness, and transition from development to operations. Aerospace s role is to serve as trusted members of multi-agency, multi-contractor development, integration, and/or operations teams to drive mission success.   This role provides direct systems engineering support to the NASA JPSS Ground Project in the area of Command, Control and Communications (C3S).

Key Functions

  • Support planning and execution of integration and test activities of the C3S system including

    • Validation of design

    • Integration of hardware and software

    • Verification of requirements and interfaces

    • End-to-end testing of telemetry and command systems from front-end processor to receptor

  • Areas of engagement include, but are not limited to requirements, design, integration, test, verification, anomaly response, failure review, engineering changes, and operations



  • Baccalaureate degree or equivalent experience in engineering, physical science, or equivalent technical discipline

  • Minimum of twelve years of progressively responsible professional experience and applicable direct experience with ground system command and telemetry hardware and/or software

  • Proven knowledge and expertise in at least one core area of ground system engineering requirements, design, development, interfaces, integration, test, operations.

  • Proven capability to evaluate issues and solve problems from a systems perspective

  • Experience with ground system integration

  • Ability and willingness to deploy to polar ground sites

  • Self-sufficiency, initiative, and excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Ability and motivation to work effectively and collaboratively with Government, Aerospace and Contractor personnel


  • An advanced degree in engineering, physical science, or equivalent technical discipline

  • Knowledge of current NOAA satellite operations

  • Established ability and experience working joint projects between multiple government agencies and organizations

  • Ability to analyze a broad array of technical information and identify salient points

  • Demonstrated ability to perform independent analysis and prepare and present clear and concise technical reports

Grade-Based Pay Range

(Min - Mid - Max)

$117,027 - $192,281 - $267,534

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide all the details of our industry-leading benefits and career development opportunities. A few highlights include:

  • A work environment built on teamwork, flexibility and respect
  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career, as well as tuition reimbursement
  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans for your entire family
  • Flextime and virtual work options (if applicable)
  • 401(k) Savings Plan featuring a company match, regardless of whether you contribute
  • Paid holidays and paid time off
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Relocation assistance (if applicable)

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

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 at You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law and  the supplement, as well as the  Pay Transparency Policy Statement.  

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Location Aurora, CO, 80247, United States
Categories Engineering

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