Satellite Operations Engineer 17-030

Location:Leesburg, VA
Benefits:Excellent Benefits on Day One
Employment Type:Full Time
Department:255 - Satellite Development & Operations

This position provides real time operations support for the Mission Real-Time operations team. The support functions include development, test and implementation of processes, procedures, checklists and software tools for satellite operations. The functions also include anomaly and issue resolution, project management, participating in operational training scenarios. Candidate will work normal business hours and occasionally provide 24x7 on-call support. The candidate may also be required to work rotating shifts during critical satellite activities such as launch and early orbit operations.

  • Provide systems engineering support to maintain and develop new processes and procedures focused on continuous process improvement

  • Develop and maintain operational tools in order to provide efficient automated and mechanized satellite and ground operations

  • Perform systems engineering & real-time analysis. Track, trend and analyze potential problems & anomalous conditions that may affect ops HW, SW or the constellation.

  • Provide subject matter expertise for NEXT satellite control command and control software

  • Provide on call support, real-time investigation and troubleshooting for all real-time operations anomalies related to the Satellite or Ground operations.

  • Plan and execute Mission Operations Acceptance Testing for all ground software builds.

  • Coordinate cross-team activities for satellite maneuvers, satellite reconfigurations and ground activities.

  • Ensure all vehicle operations procedures, pass plans, templates are up to date and under CM control

  • Provide 7x24 on-call support and backfill for operations during critical surge or staffing deficiencies

  • Provide Launch and Early-Orbit Operations support for all launches during the NEXT satellite launch campaign

  • Develop new tools, processes, procedures, pass plans, and checklists to support Hybrid operations and NEXT satellite operations


All applicants must complete Iridium Satellite Flight Operations Specialist (FOS) familiarization. The certification process is a 2 - 3 month, average, combination of in-house classroom training and On-the-Job (OJT) apprenticeship culminating in formal job task demonstration and examination. The applicant must be proficient in a UNIX/LINUX operating system, general programming capabilities, as well as standard PC usage and applications. Individual should be able to perform day to day responsibilities with little oversite, and take on new assignments with general instructions. The applicant will be required to have good decision making skills and have the ability to recognize and solve problems independently.

Experience/Education Requirements

Minimum of a BS in Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or related technical discipline. Ideal candidates will have a working knowledge of satellite operations, orbital dynamics, and satellite subsystem knowledge, 5+ years of experience working satellite operations. Candidates should be highly motivated as they will be tasked with also learning and participating in the launch and early orbit operations for the Iridium NEXT constellation.

Iridium is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a protected veteran.  EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability and other protected categories.

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