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Spacecraft Systems Engineer

Job ID: 1927209
Location: PHOENIX, AZ, United States
Date Posted: Dec 6, 2019
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Systems Engineer
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % 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


SAIC is seeking a Spacecraft Systems Engineer on the NASA OMES II contract in support of the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) program at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The position is located in Gilbert, Arizona (Phoenix area).

JPSS is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) next-generation operational Earth observation program that acquires and distributes global environmental data primarily from multiple polar-orbiting satellites.  The program plays a critical role to NOAA’s mission to understand and predict changes in weather, climate, oceans and coasts, and the space environment, which support the Nation’s economy and protect lives and property. NASA’s GSFC is managing the development of the system for NOAA.  The spacecraft and science instruments are managed by the NASA JPSS Flight Project located in Greenbelt, Maryland.

The Spacecraft Systems Engineer will be a member of the NASA Flight Project’s system engineering team focused on the spacecraft development and test program for the next three satellites at the spacecraft provider’s Gilbert, Arizona facility.  As a representative of the NASA Flight Project the systems engineer will provide technical support in the planning, preparation, conduct, and oversight of satellite integration, test, verification, and anomaly resolution.  Experience is less critical than drive, ability and desire to learn, capability to work through problems and get the job done.  This position is not managing others; it is doing the work necessary to ensure mission success.

Job duties include:

-Operating as a high output, quick to learn functional team member on a large, geographically distributed team of engineers, managers and technicians developing 12 instruments and three spacecraft

-Systems engineering oversight during clean-room activities for a spaceflight mission through launch

-Proactively identifying and solving technical problems throughout all project life phases

-Ensuring contractor adherence to JPSS requirements

-Test procedure review and discrepancy resolution for the system

-Verification artifact and data reviews

-Requirements verification

-Reviewing and providing inputs to technical documentation including test procedures, test and status reports, procurement specifications, Concepts of Operations (CONOPS), and Interface Control Documents (ICDs)

-Critical thinking and the use of spacecraft engineering experience and methodologies to ensure mission success

-Written and verbal reporting to various levels of leadership



-Bachelor’s degree in STEM field with at least 5-years of related experience

-Systems engineering experience

-Knowledge of system engineering tools and processes

-Experience with systems engineering disciplines and requirements verification processes

-Experience on challenging projects with proven high output performance on engineering teams

Desired Qualifications


-Applied Systems engineering experience associated with NASA spaceflight missions

-Understanding of NASA Systems Engineering processes

-Experience with NASA mission life cycles and review processes (design reviews, requirements reviews, integration reviews, trade studies, etc.)


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 For information on the benefits SAIC offers, see Working at SAIC. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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