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Engineer Satellite Systems (Space/Satellite Systems)

Requisition ID: R10079681

  • Category IconCategory: Engineering
  • Location IconLocation: Dulles, VA, USA
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: None
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: 1st Shift (United States of America)
  • Travel IconTravel Required: Yes, 10% of the Time
  • Positions IconPositions Available: 1

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

This position is for a full-time l technical a role in Dulles, VA.  The successful candidate will be expected to:

  • Provide mission operations support to the ICESat2 Satellite program. 
  • Support system maintenance activities such as procedure updates, architecture upkeep, and formal program milestones. 
  • Work with systems engineers to conduct anomaly review board investigations as necessary. 
  • Conduct testing using simulators and resolve discrepancies. 
  • Develop and test command procedures, telemetry pages, and other products derived from vendor provided documentation
  • Support operations readiness activities including configuration control board and other customer meetings
  • Support operations, including shift work
  • Monitor vehicle state of health across all subsystems and perform short and long-term telemetry trending. 
  • Track space vehicle configuration, to include both hardware, software, and configurable item parameters. 
  • Make modifications to existing operations procedures to incorporate lessons learned from in-flight performance.  Develop new procedures as required. 
  • Provide status reporting through both the functional and program reporting branches.
  • Maintain standards associated with the established Integrated/Developmental Operations functional group processes.
  • Provide mentoring, guidance and manage tasks for the operations team.
  • Support internal and external customer meetings through proficient verbal and documented (MS PowerPoint, MS Word, MS Excel) communications.
  • May require travel ~ 10% of the time for support of customer or backup mission operations center. 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or related STEM discipline
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience;
  • Ability to work within, task, and manage a group of diversified individuals with varying backgrounds to achieve mission success.
  • Prior experience conducting on-orbit mission operations and resolving satellite and ground system anomalies.
  • Experience writing technical documents for external customers
  • Outstanding verbal and written communications skills, including ability to make persuasive presentations to external customers at milestone reviews

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with mission operations and customer organizations of NASA Goddard Customer
  • Experience with ICESat2 or the LEOStar Bus
  • Experience working on government systems and/or government process environment
  • Experience with at least one S/C Subsystem (ADCS, CDH, COMM, EPDS, Thermal, FSW).
  • Prior experience with ITOS ground control software
  • Experience with MAESTRO command and control software


Salary Range: $74,900 USD - $112,300 USD

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority. The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/contractors/.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit http://www.northropgrumman.com/EEO. U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.



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What's great about
Northrop Grumman

  1. Be part of a culture that thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work.
  2. Use your skills to build and deliver innovative tech solutions that protect the world and shape a better future.
  3. Enjoy benefits like work-life balance, education assistance and paid time off.


Did you know?

Northrop Grumman leads the industry team for NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, the largest, most complex and powerful space telescope ever built. Launched in December 2021, the telescope incorporates innovative design, advanced technology, and groundbreaking engineering, and will fundamentally alter our understanding of the universe.