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Spacecraft Test Conductor

Job ID: 195460
Location: GREENBELT, MD, United States
Date Posted: Oct 10, 2019
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Systems Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 50 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Potential for Teleworking: No

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Job Description

Description

SAIC is seeking a Spacecraft Test Conductor on the OMES II contract in support of the integration and test campaign of the Restore-L program in the Satellite Servicing Projects Division (SSPD) at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. This position is located in Greenbelt, MD with frequent extended travel to Palo Alto, CA. Employees local to Palo Alto, CA with frequent travel to Greenbelt, MD will also be considered.

The Restore-L mission is a Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Satellite Servicing Project Division (SSPD) managed mission. Restore-L is a robotic servicing mission designed to refuel a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite. It contains 3 elements: the Flight Element comprised of the Restore-L Servicing Vehicle (RSV) and development testbeds, the Ground Element comprised of the systems required to conduct RSV operations and the supporting networks and facilities, and the Launch Element comprised of the Launch Vehicle and supporting facilities and services. The SSPD is responsible for the design, engineering, development, test and operations of the Restore-L Mission through an integrated team at GSFC. The Servicing Payload design, development and RSV integration will be conducted at GSFC.


JOB DESCRIPTION:
The Test Conductor will provide support and leadership for the Restore-L Integration and Test subsystem. The Restore-L I&T subsystem performs the integration and test of all Restore-L hardware including the servicing payload and spacecraft bus. The Restore-L mission is seeking a test conductor to support the Restore-L spacecraft bus assembly, integration, and test (AI&T) activities at the spacecraft manufacturer facility and at the GSFC facility upon delivery.

Job duties include:
• Serve as GSFC team’s primary point of contact for understanding how to operate and test the spacecraft
• Primary interface for GSFC test conductor team to spacecraft manufacturer
• Embedded in spacecraft bus manufacturer’s processes at the Palo Alto, CA facility
• Disseminate knowledge of spacecraft testing processes to GSFC team
• Develops working knowledge of bus telemetry and command (T&C) system
• Follows delivery of spacecraft to GSFC facility and Restore-L I&T through launch
• Provide expert advice and support during the entire life cycle of test development
• Assess complex issues and recommend resolution to the team and management; implement resolutions
• Develop the technical, operational, and functional requirements in accordance with interface control documentation and mission concept of operations
• Present status, issues, and risk to internal and external management
• Ensure that the quality, accuracy, and integrity of the I&T technical documentation, reports, and deliverables comply with NASA and Restore-L standards, project plans, and policies
• Write and review testing procedures
• Plan test campaigns and write/review test scripts
• Write/review work order documentation for test activities
• Support, oversee, and execute test activities, including operating the test console, if needed, during testing
• Work in lab and cleanroom facilities with hardware, ground support equipment, and test equipment
• Frequent travel to spacecraft manufacturer facility in Palo Alto, CA



Qualifications

REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

• Bachelor’s degree in engineering, or closely related field with 5+ years of related experience

• Must be able to frequently travel to spacecraft manufacturer facility in Palo Alto, CA
• Experience with hardware integration and test, system verification and validation, and systems engineering, preferably at NASA or in aerospace
• Experience in testing and writing automated tests, test development, managing test runs, tracking test results, troubleshooting, and measuring progress
• Experience troubleshooting complex systems using various types of test equipment
• Experience in executing tests, including functional testing (front-end, back-end, and performance testing)
• Experienced at authoring and maintaining project documentation
• Strong proficiency in resolving technical and schedule issues in order to ensure that deliverables are met on schedule
• Proficiency in advising management, inside and/or outside own organization, on system architecture, technical results, or risks
• Experience generating and overseeing development of telemetry and command graphical user interface pages
• Ability to work remotely for extended periods with only limited direction


DESIRED EXPERIENCE:
• Extensive understanding and application of standard principles, theories, concepts and techniques in aerospace systems engineering
• Experience leading a team
• Experience in system integration and test of spacecraft or flight instruments
• Experience handling and testing engineering units and flight hardware
• Knowledge of or experience with System Test & Operations Language (STOL)
• Knowledge of or experience with Advanced Spacecraft Integration & System Test (ASIST) software
• Proficiency in exercising discretion and independent judgment in evaluating potential approaches and solutions to critical problems and determining appropriate resolutions
• Proficiency in approving deviations from established policies and procedures
• Experience with NASA mission life cycle and review cycle (design reviews, requirements reviews, integration reviews, trade studies, etc.)

Desired Qualifications

 

Overview

SAIC is a premier technology integrator, solving our nation's most complex modernization and systems engineering challenges across the defense, space, federal civilian, and intelligence markets. Our robust portfolio of offerings includes high-end solutions in systems engineering and integration; enterprise IT, including cloud services; cyber; software; advanced analytics and simulation; and training. We are a team of 23,000 strong driven by mission, united purpose, and inspired by opportunity. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $6.5 billion. For more information, visit saic.com. For information on the benefits SAIC offers, see Working at SAIC. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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