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Northrop Grumman Satellite and Ground System Engineer / Principal Satellite and Ground System Engineer 2/3 (Top Secret/SCI) - Tactical Space Systems Division in Colorado Springs, Colorado

Satellite and Ground Systems Engineer

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking a Satellite and Ground System Engineer to be a member of a cross-discipline specialty operations and engineering team located in Colorado Springs, CO responsible for satellite constellation command and control, mission planning, system problem/anomaly resolution, data trending, operational product sustainment and performance analyses. The team also provides program expertise on subsystems engineering and maintains a baseline of operational products for a highly complex system. The candidate will have an active role in shaping the basis of how to execute satellite planning and operations. The candidate should be a self-starter who has a passion for space and wants to be part of a team who shares that passion.

Responsibilities will include but not be limited to:

  • Supporting 24x7 on-orbit operations throughout the flight demonstration phase of a complex space system

  • Providing mission planning expertise to maintain spacecraft/payload and ground system health

  • Developing and enhancing operational procedures, scripts, tools and processes

  • Investigating and diagnosing unexpected system signatures

  • Supporting the coordination and execution of system maintenance tasks across multiple contractor organizations including customer and external system partners

  • Providing training and support to customer personnel and the development of TTPs for the system

Candidate must be self-motivated, able to work in a dynamic team environment and work under general direction while independently determining and developing approaches to solutions.

This requisition is for multiple candidates to be a part of a 24x7 operational crew. Shift work required; multiple positions at varying experience levels will be filled

This requisitio may be filled at a hgher grade based on qualifications listed below.


This requisition may be filled at either a Satellite and Ground System Engineer 2 level or Principal Satellite and Ground System Engineer 3 level.

Basic Qualifications:

Satellite and Ground System Engineer 2: Bachelor's degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) and 2-5 years' experience in a related engineering field such as mechanical, electrical, aerospace and/or operations OR a Masters Degree (STEM).

Salary minimum: $74,240

Salary maximum: $111,360

Principal Satellite and Ground System Engineer 3: Bachelor's degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) and 5-9 years' experience in a related engineering field such as mechanical, electrical, aerospace and/or operations; Masters Degree with 3-7 years of expeirence; OR PhD.

Salary minimum: $92,000

Salary maximum: $138,000

Basic Qualifications (continued):

  • Knowledge and experience in satellite operations activities including command and control, mission planning and ground system operations

  • Current DoD Top Secret clearance with SCI

  • Experience interacting closely with customers in an operational environment

  • Experience supporting mission simulations, scripting, rehearsals and system verification activities

  • Experience with troubleshooting, anomaly resolution and performing analysis on operational systems

  • Ability to develop and maintain operational procedures, products and training materials

  • Ability to work odd and/or extended hours covering a 24/7 period and periodic rotating shifts

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity/exposure to orbital mechanics/astrodynamics

  • Experience with rendezvous and proximity operations or formation flight

  • Familiar with astrodynamics tools such as System Tool Kit (STK), FreeFlyer, NASA General Mission Analysis Tool (GMAT), Orbit Determination Toolbox (ODTBX)

  • Proficiency with one or more of the following programming languages/tools: MATLAB, Python, SIMULINK, Fortran, Java, C/ C++ Prior aerospace-related work experience for a U.S Government Agency or Contractor

  • Familiarity with satellite subsystems to include attitude control, power management, thermal control, propulsion, command and data handling or flight/ground software

Job Category : Engineering