SAIC Attitude Control Subsystems Engineer Job in Chantilly, Virginia

Attitude Control Subsystems Engineer (Job Number:432880)


Space and Launch Division - S&L provides technical and programmatic support to coordinate and execute acquisition, payload engineering, vehicle engineering, adjunct payload accommodation, and integration, test and launch functions for spacecraft and adjunct payloads. Vehicle Engineering Chantilly, VA - SAIC Office Location

The Vehicle Engineering branch requires an engineer with technical expertise in spacecraft Attitude Control Systems. The selected candidate will be an integral participant in subsystem architecture, requirements development and verification, and unit design of Attitude Control Systems. Key areas of focus include control theory systems engineering, review of contractor designs, evaluation of operating modes, and a strong understanding of related hardware (actuators and sensors). Candidate should also be experienced in the design & integration of satellite buses and knowledgeable of launch & flight operations of space vehicles. The following tasks are representative of those that will be accomplished at the request of the customer:

Detailed Job Description:

  • Support the customer in the design, integration and test of the ACS subsystem

  • Provide expert advice concerning subsystem development to the customer ACS subsystem Project Officer

  • Review and coordinate on all changes to specifications, lCDs and system level requirements documentation for the ACS subsystem

  • Review subsystem, unit and manufacturing specifications for accuracy and ensure requirement allocation documentation is complete and accurate

  • Review drawings, documents and procedures for design, manufacturing and integration, and provide comments to the contractor and/or government

  • Track development issues, significant accomplishments and upcoming events and provide weekly status updates to the customer

  • Attend all unit, subsystem, system level design reviews, and program management reviews

  • Support all unit manufacturing reviews Provide expert advice/analysis on ACS considerations for new satellite/payload developments

  • Coordinate with bus development POC, S&L subsystem leads, branch chiefs and division chiefs

  • Provide support to launch and satellite on-orbit test as required by the customer

  • Attend Vehicle Engineering branch meetings as appropriate at the request of the ACS Project Officer

  • Support the customer as required in the review of financial and earned value reports

  • Provide technical evaluation of ACS efforts in contractor Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs)

  • Attend system level design reviews, and program management reviews to assess design maturity, requirements compliance and to provide informed technical recommendations to the USG

  • ldentify and assess emerging risks; develop and evaluate proposed burn-down plans

  • Review prime contractor readiness to proceed into spacecraft manufacturing and test

  • Provide expert advice/analysis on accommodation considerations for new satellite/payload developments

  • Coordinate with spacecraft bus development POC, subsystem leads, branch chiefs and division chiefs

  • Provide support to launch and satellite on-orbit test as required by the customer

  • Attend branch meetings as appropriate at the request of the customer to coordinate support activities

  • Attend contractor milestone reviews (e.g. PDR, CDR, pre-test, pre-ship and other meetings) to provide technically based recommendations regarding satisfaction of review entrance and exit criteria

  • Support factory integration and test activities as required Develop productive relationships with prime contractor counterparts, functional counterparts, and other spacecraft subsystem subject matter experts

  • Advise and mentor USG ACS lead and other Vehicle elements

  • Other duties as specified by the customer


Required Attributes:

  • Degree in engineering discipline required

  • Education and experience with spacecraft ACS design, manufacture, simulation, and test - Experience with spacecraft ACS hardware and software development

  • Basic understanding of DOD/IC satellite systems and architectures

  • Excellent interpersonal, leadership, team building and problem solving skills with a demonstrated ability to be effective in a government/contractor team environment

  • Experience in DOD/lC acquisition and program management processes

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

  • Demonstrated sustained superior performance

  • Available to travel domestically

Desired Attributes:

  • Masters in engineering - Spacecraft control systems is required

  • Orbital mechanics, mulit-body dynamics, and controls-structures interaction is desired


  • Bachelor’s degree and nine or more years of related experience; Master’s degree and seven or more years of related experience; PhD and four years of related experience

  • Additional Skills:


  • ICAF


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Job Posting: Dec 14, 2017, 5:00:00 AM

Primary Location: United States-VA-CHANTILLY

Clearance Level Must Currently Possess: Top Secret/SCI

Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Top Secret/SCI with Polygraph

Potential for Teleworking: No

Travel: Yes, 25% of the time

Shift: Day Job

Schedule: Full-time