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Ground Systems Engineer (Active Top Secret Required)

Requisition ID: R10055476

  • Category IconCategory: Technical Support
  • Location IconLocation: Aurora, Colorado, United States of America
  • Citizenship IconCitizenship Required: United States Citizenship
  • Clearance IconClearance Type: Top Secret
  • Telecommute IconTelecommute: No- Teleworking not available for this position
  • Shift IconShift: Rotating Shifts (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.

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.The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission.#COSpaceResponsibilities:
  • Test and perform and on-console activities involving satellite operations during launch and early orbit support or long-term operations. Plan, set up and configure ground communication support. Develop validate and execute pass plan. Monitor and review telemetry. Advises leads and/or management of failures and degradation. Advise leads or management of predefined recovery procedures.
  • This position is for a Space-Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Ground System Engineer (GSE) as a member of the Contractor Logistics Support (CLS) team at the Mission Control Station (MCS), Buckley Space Force Base. The GSE provides real time, operational support to Space Force crews and contractor test teams for the operation and maintenance of system software and equipment.
  • Conducts mission/program specific real time spacecraft/satellite flight operations during readiness, execution and evaluation phases. Provides technical direction for on orbit mission support, plans for critical ground malfunctions and recommends alternate operating techniques to continue maximum mission support. Provides failure analysis of the performance of the ground telemetry data. Utilizes system software to accomplish all spacecraft control tasks and recommends improvements.
  • Utilizes strong analytical and troubleshooting approach/skills as required. Performs software maintenance support for Linux, AIX, SGI, PC compatible computers, and associated switching, network, and communications circuits and equipment. Provides feedback to Software Depot on software problems. Provides limited SYBASE system administration support for multiple system databases. Provides limited UNIX system administration support. Participates in software version testing and evaluation and provides feedback to the development and test community. Assists Configuration Management in software upgrades and changes.
  • Documents all software problems and follows up with accurate resolution. Ensures proper operation of the SBIRS software and hardware and ensures the timely resolution to problems and/or deficiencies. Maintain Access Control and works closely with System Administrators to ensure proper system operation and that problems are resolved with minimal downtime. Provides maintenance and support for on-going systems, including monitoring of system performance and data backups. Identifies source of software problems and determines appropriate solutions.
  • Job requires interfacing with Space Force and contractor personnel concerning hardware and software installations and developing briefings regarding system status and anomaly resolution on a regular basis.
Basic Qualifications:
  • Active DoD Top Secret clearance
  • High school diploma or equivalent or 4 years additional education and/or related experience
  • Satellite Operations experience
  • C2 System Anomaly Resolution experience
  • Satellite Ground Systems operations experience
  • Experience with SBIRS, DSP, GEO, HEO
  • Experience with, Shell Scripting, Perl, Python and Sybase database
  • Strong personal interaction skills.
  • General knowledge/skill of UNIX and/or LINUX
  • Must be willing and able to work a shift schedule, which includes weekends and holidays supporting 24x7 operations
  • Position requires occasional travel to Boulder, CO and Aurora, CO
  • Strong communication skills.
  • Ability to work as a member of a team in a dynamic environment.
  • Must be able to travel. Shift work required.
  • Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation.
Desired Skills:
  • Basic knowledge of software scripting
  • General knowledge/skill of UNIX and/or LINUX,
  • Strong understanding of cybersecurity best practices on IT systems

Salary Range: $61,900 USD - $103,100 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.