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Launch Certification Engineer (VAFB)

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Job ID: 194840
Location: VANDENBERG AFB, CA, United States
Date Posted: Oct 19, 2020
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Specialty Engr
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: Secret
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Potential for Remote Work: No

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Job Description



SAIC is currently looking for Launch Certification Engineers to support launch system SE&I activities for the Launch Enterprise (LE) Directorate at SMC. This position is located at Vandenberg AFB, CA. Key aspects of this role will include the following:

  • Support checkout and verification of the launch site operations, including pre-launch processing, vehicle checkout activities, launch operations, wet dress rehearsals, static fire, and vertical/horizontal integration modifications and operations for new entrant vehicle configurations.
  • Support Government personnel and work with Aerospace Corporation counterparts to check out and verify the launch site operations in accordance with standards and requirements.
  • Enter observations and analysis in the Launch Certification Database (LCDB) or other report formats as requested by the Government. 

Job Specific Responsibilities:

  • Lead activities based on sound engineering and acquisition practices
  • Elicit and refine customer requirements
  • Ensure designs fully support requirements and are consistent with customer budget, schedule, risk profile and organizational/system constraints
  • Performs Systems Engineering activities including: requirements definition, analysis and engineering, system analysis and design, interface and data architectures, validation and verification, systems integration, system & operational performance analysis,  Lifecycle cost analysis & estimation, and decision analysis. Ensures the logical and systematic conversion of product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints. Performs functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software or engineering specifications.  Provides specific, detailed information for selection, implementation techniques, and tools for the most efficient solution to meet business needs, including present and future capacity requirements. 
Required Qualifications & Experience
  • Clearance level: DoD Secret; TS/SCI desired
  • Participated with senior managers to establish plans and objectives
  • Ability to recommend/make decisions on administrative or project work matters and ensures effective achievement of program, project, or organizational objectives
    Desired Technology Experience
    • Launch Vehicles and Subsystems (Avionics, Propulsion, Structures)
    • Space and Ground systems
    • Launch Site activities


    Desired Education and Years of Experience

    Bachelors (STEM) and nine (9) years or more of related experience

    Masters and seven (7) years or more of related experience
    PhD or JD and four (4) years or more of related experience 



    SAIC is a premier technology integrator solving our nation's modernization and readiness challenges. Our offerings across defense, space, civilian, and intelligence markets include high-end solutions in engineering, IT, and mission outcomes. We integrate the best components from our portfolio with our partner's ecosystem to deliver innovative and effective solutions. We are 25,500 strong; driven by mission, united by purpose, and inspired by opportunities. Headquartered in Reston, VA, SAIC has annual revenues of nearly $7.1 billion. For information, visit or Working at SAIC for benefits details. SAIC is an Equal Opportunity Employer empowering people no matter their race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status. We strive to create a diverse, inclusive and respectful work culture that values all.

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