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Space RF Telecom Principal EngineerBoulderColorado.

Space RF Telecom Principal Engineer

Boulder | Colorado | United States | 80301

Leads RF Telecom Systems Engineering throughout the lifecycle of space vehicle (SV) development for major programs.  An RF telecom subsystem may be an entire communications payload or a subassembly to carry tracking, telemetry, command, and instrument data between a space vehicle and relays or ground stations. 

What You’ll Do

  • Mentor and develop junior RF engineers 
  • Lead subsystem technical team
  • Define architectures and support trade studies to appropriately scope subsystem design, assembly, integration, test, launch and early operation (LEOPS) for new proposals or studies
  • Estimate and manage subsystem technical team resources (labor and material)
  • Understand, define, and manage subsystem requirements (Ex: Data volume, orbits, thermal, input/output, crypto, framing, EVM, jitter, pointing accuracy, etc.)
  • Understand, define, and manage internal/external interfaces (Ex: Comm Payload to SV, SV comm-to-ground, component-to-component, etc.)
  • Report cost, schedule, and technical status to internal/external customers
  • Define, quantify, manage, and report technical risks
  • Provide and/or support engineering analyses to demonstrate adequate subsystem performance and to verify satisfaction of technical requirements (Ex:  link budgets, pointing accuracy, component performance, etc.)
  • Support subsystem and program milestones/gates with appropriate analyses, presentations, and coordination
  • Support identification, procurement, development, test, and integration of hardware, software, and support equipment
  • Develop and manage an incremental assembly, integration, and test strategy to adequately demonstrate subsystem compliance to requirements and interface integrity
  • Support systems-level engineering trades
  • Support LEOPS, on-orbit test, and post-delivery plans and execution   
  • Maintain a regular and predictable work schedule
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships within the department, the Strategic Business Units, Strategic Support Units and the Company.  Interact appropriately with others in order to maintain a positive and productive work environment.
  • Perform other duties as necessary

What You’ll Need

  • BS degree or higher in Engineering or a related technical field is required plus 12 or more years related experience.
  • Each higher-level degree, i.e., Master’s Degree or Ph.D., may substitute for two years of experience. Related technical experience may be considered in lieu of education. Degree must be from a university, college, or school which is accredited by an agency recognized by the US Secretary of Education, US Department of Education.
  • Current TS/SCI or DoD TS clearance.
  • Experience in system requirements architecture definition, development, design, assembly and integration, test and operations of RF Telecom systems.
  • Experience with space-qualified hardware components.
  • Proven track record in producibility of designs with cost, budget, and schedule constraints.
  • Ability to develop positive relationships with program and customer personnel.
  • Awareness and management of system-level issues.
  • Knowledge of systems engineering tools and techniques (DOORS, data and configuration management, risk management, etc.).
  • Knowledge of modeling tools and techniques to predict and budget RF Telecom system performance.
  • New business development experience, including successful customer interaction, is desired.
  • Excellent presentation and writing skills.

Working Conditions

  • Work is performed in an office, laboratory, production floor, or clean room, outdoors or remote research environment
  • May occasionally work in production work centers where use of protective equipment and gear is required.
  • May access other facilities in various weather conditions
  • Travel and local commute between campuses and other possible customer locations may be required.

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