Engineer V

General Atomics

Englewood, CO

Job Summary
General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

Whether a specific satellite for a specific mission or a constellation of interconnected spacecraft, the GA-EMS Space Systems team is re-defining how customers can access the possibilities of space. GA-EMS offers modular and scalable satellite platforms backed with a history of operational flight experience to support defense, civil, commercial, and academic mission requirements. 

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Spacecraft Ground Systems Engineer to join our team located in Englewood, CO.

This position may be also located in:
  • San Diego, CA
  • Herndon, VA
  • Boulder, CO
  • Huntsville, AL
    • Supports design updates and development of mission system, ground segment and subsystem design, integration and test.
    • Generate Analysis or Inspection reports for respective subsystem requirements
    • Run product team in an agile framework while taking a hybrid approach to report performance
    • Perform CAM duties in support of project engineer/ program management
    • Provide proactive and pragmatic Fault Detection, Isolation and Recovery (FDIR) design and interfaces to ensure mission requirements are satisfied by SV design.
    • Develop FDIR test scenarios and support test plan and procedure development to ensure SV FDIR design is fully tested.
    • Responsible for mission operations artifacts and procedures
    • Support program design and readiness reviews.
    • Supports operation of engineering systems and documents any problems.
    • Opportunities will arise to support internal development and new business opportunities.
    • Devises new approaches to resolve unusual or complex engineering problems.
    • Troubleshoot conflicting design/development requirements, difficult coordination requirements, and special material requirements. 
    • Provides documentation and makes technical presentations as required. 
    • Conducts mission and program specific real time spacecraft and satellite flight operations during launch, commissioning and operations phases of mission.
    • Develops detailed plans and procedures to provide maximum mission support.
    • Provides technical direction for complex orbit mission support, plans for critical vehicle malfunctions and recommends alternate operating techniques to continue maximum mission support.
    • Plan and execute satellite tasking and maintenance, executing and implementing procedures to monitor and control spacecraft and automated ground station.
    • Schedule ground system resources.
    • Review and interpret real-time and trended satellite telemetry data, conducting failure analysis of the performance of the orbiting satellites and providing effective solutions as necessary.
    • Provide timely response and direction to protect system during an anomaly.
    • Record, report, and analyze spacecraft mission data, health data, and logs, observing data for anomalies, preparing summaries of data via written tabulations, charts, graphs, and reports as necessary.
    • Support future satellite mission development and operational concept development.
    • Create and update satellite system operations procedures and documentation.
    • Represent the work area as a primary contact; may possibly initiate procurement of materials, services, and parts required for equipment, and provides necessary liaison with vendors.
    • May act as Lead Operator. Provides technical assistance to lower level operators in work area.
    • Responsible for observing all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company.
    • Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices. 
    • Performs other duties as assigned or required.
    Come join a highly technical team of collaborative individuals working on cutting edge programs in an environment fostering growth and innovation. We offer a 9x80 work schedule where you have every other Friday off, 401k matching contribution, a pension plan, tuition reimbursement, excellent medical plan, social events, charity events, all embraced within a strong corporate culture of support, learning and growth.

    We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.

    Job Qualifications
    • Essential Qualifications Typically requires a bachelors degree, masters degree or PhD in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience as follows; nine or more years of experience with a bachelors degree, seven or more years of experience with a masters degree, or four or more years with a PhD.  May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education. 
    • Must have prior experience in space domain and ground segment design.
    • Experience in MBSE, SysML modeling, maintaining a SSOT for design is desired
    • CAM experience, or support to CAM role
    • Work as part of scrum team, manage Jira stories, sprint planning, track burndown/up
    • Must have a thorough understanding of engineering concepts, principles, codes, and theory; experience demonstrating a broad application of those concepts; and, expanding knowledge of principles, concepts, theory, and practices in related technical specialties.
    • Experience developing test plans, procedures, planning automated testing of sw systems
    • Experience using RVTM and ensuring fully integrated, vetted product is delivered per requirements 
    • Must possess the ability to develop and communicate new concepts; apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment; organize, schedule, and coordinate work phases; and, determine the appropriate approach at the task level or, with assistance, at the project level to provide solutions to a range of complex problems. 
    • Must have strong communication, computer, documentation, presentation, and interpersonal skills, ability to work independently and as part of a team; able to perform complex tasks in one or more engineering areas; capable of representing the organization as a prime technical contact and, lead a team of moderately experienced professional employees on single component projects.
    • Must demonstrate extensive knowledge of satellite systems and have a comprehensive technical understanding of principles for their operation. Must possess:(1) the ability to grasp new and complex concepts quickly;(2) the ability to read, interpret, and manipulate sketches, schematics, and other engineering documentation usually contained in MagicDraw
    • (3) the ability to define complex problems, collect, interpret and analyze data, find effective solutions and present findings;(4) strong analytical, interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills to accurately document, report, assess situations make judgments, and train and give direction to others; and(5) strong knowledge of computer operations and applications pertinent to the field.
    • Experience with Satellite Mission planning and on-orbit operations.
    • Familiarity with aspects of the satellite system life cycle, including launch, commissioning and operations.
    • Familiarity with Python/C/C++ or comparable scripting language is desired.
    • Experience with Matlab telemetry processing and analysis is desired. Understanding of the FRACAS/RCCA RCCA (Failure Reporting Analysis & Corrective Action System and Root Cause Corrective Action) processes.
    • Ability to work both independently and in a team environment is essential as is the ability to work extended hours as required.
    • Some shift work experience would be an advantage, but not essential
    • US citizenship is required. 
    • Ability to obtain and maintain a DoD Security Clearance is required.