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Junior Controller, Spacecraft Operations

Requisition Number:  13394
Contract Type:  Permanent

Manassas, VA, US



The Spacecraft Operations team is responsible for 24/7 monitor and control of SES’s multi-orbit fleet of communication satellites. In this position you will operate GEO and/or MEO satellites to ensure asset safety, performance to customers, and maximize the spacecraft lifetime. You will also achieve accreditation and specialization on the ground systems and satellite platforms.


Extended Job Description:



  • Obtain Spacecraft Controller certification
  • Update operation procedures
  • Troubleshoot and resolve ground and spacecraft sub-system anomalies
  • Maintain operation schedule, deconflict requests, and assure materials are available
  • Monitor spacecraft telemetry data, transmit commands as required and perform ranging operations
  • Notify the Sub-System Engineer, Analyst, and/or other on-call personnel of any event not covered in the plans or procedures




  • Self-motivated
  • Detail oriented
  • Punctual
  • Prioritization
  • Teamwork
  • Global cultural awareness
  • Problem solving
  • Verbal and written communication






  • Bachelor’s degree and 0 to 4 years of experience in Aerospace Engineering or similar field (degree not necessary with hands on experience in satellite)
  • Ability to work on a rotating shift schedule including days, nights, weekends, and holidays
  • Ability to work on call 
  • Experience with satellite and ground systems
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools




  • Accredited on 1 or more satellite platforms/buses  
  • Experience with spacecraft subsystems
  • Experience with Python, C#, or other programming language



SES and its Affiliated Companies are committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. In conformity with U.S. Government technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and/or other applicable U.S. law, regulation or other requirements imposed by the U.S. Government, certain positions may require U.S. Citizenship, status as a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. or a “protected individual” as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligibility to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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