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Engineer, Power, Thermal & Survivability

Requisition Number:  10521
Contract Type:  Permanent

Manassas, VA, US


The Engineer, Spacecraft Subsystem Power & Thermal is responsible for the in-orbit operations and performance monitoring of the electrical Power & Thermal subsystems of the satellites, as well as the support to spacecraft planning, design and procurement.


Extended Job Description:


  • Provide electrical Power & Thermal expertise to nominal and contingency operations of the satellites
  • Support spacecraft operations and configuration changes, including generating or reviewing Operational Task Orders, configuration validation and direct supervision over critical spacecraft commanding
  • Develop and/or validate nominal and contingency procedures and tools
  • Provide on-call support and react to contingencies for the electrical Power & Thermal subsystems of the satellites per established escalation procedures
  • Pro-actively monitor the electrical Power & Thermal subsystems to identify degraded performance, anticipate scenarios and take appropriate action. Develop and maintain tools for evaluating and trending health to maximize satellite safety, availability and longevity, including Power & Thermal budgets and satellite capacity predicts
  • Provide support to new satellite procurement activities, in-orbit testing, and start of service activities
  • Directly interface with internal and external parties in relation to the responsibilities of the subsystems, including Satellite Manufacturers, planning, insurance and other internal or external requests/reporting
  • Contribute to a continuous effort to more effectively and efficiently manage the satellite in-orbit operations, including processes, procedures, monitoring, and Ground Control System improvements



  • A Master’s Degree in Engineering, with a specialization that includes electrical/electronics engineering is mandatory. Additional specialization in thermal control would be considered an advantage
  • At least 2 years of applicable professional experience in satellite engineering and/or operations is desired, recent Graduate applicants are welcome and will be considered
  • Have strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to acquire detailed technical information within pre-defined deadlines and apply it in day-to-day situations
  • Have strong computer software skills with proficiency in at least one programming language
  • Ability to react to contingencies and cope with high stress situations
  • Fluency in English, with strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Team spirit and ability to integrate into an international environment
  • A valid driver’s license is required for on-call support
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