GROUND SEGMENT OPERATIONS ENGINEER

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MAKING HUMANITY MULTIPLANETARY.

SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.

GROUND SEGMENT OPERATIONS ENGINEER

The SpaceX Ground Segment team is responsible for supporting a wide array of communications needs and day of launch activities from SpaceX mission control. They support and deploy our worldwide network of ground stations, own all launch site and recovery RF communications and optical tracking, and maintain all Starlink telemetry, tracking, and control (TT&C) assets. For all real-time operations of Falcon, Dragon, and Starship, the team facilitates NASA flight operations interfaces and network integration, as well as mission control video and communications readiness testing. Additionally, as the focus turns towards the Human Landing System, the team is working on developing the plan and infrastructure that will be used to communicate with our vehicles and teams on and around the moon.

As a Ground Segment Operations Engineer, you will have the opportunity to build and support an operational capability including procedures, automation, and on console operations for all of the ground communications infrastructure supporting Falcon, Dragon, Starship, and future lunar exploration. In the operations role, you will be in direct control of the ground systems throughout the mission, starting with ground integration and mission planning through launch and on-orbit operations. You will work with subsystem responsible engineers, software engineers, and electrical design engineers to understand and evaluate how the ground segment assets should be operated and then execute on that vision. Working as a cross disciplinary expert, you will ensure that the software and automation running the full system is safe and reliable. This will require you to make updates to software that not only alerts you to issues but also safely recovers the system autonomously from myriad anomalies, ensuring continued mission success. You will help develop and refine the tool chains needed to make the daily operations more accessible and through a process of continuous improvement and automated data review, you will automate the operations of the system to the point of minimal operator intervention.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Perform real-time ground segment operations according to timeline, procedures, and flight rules
  • Support Falcon, Dragon, and Starship operations as a member of the flight control team
  • Interface with external partners (private and government) to schedule/test/operate ground-to-space and ground-to-ground communication systems
  • Own procedures, process improvements, configuration files, and scripting necessary for mission success
  • Drive and support automation improvements for flawless execution of simultaneous missions and an increasing manifest with a small team of operators
  • Work closely with hardware and software teams to ensure operational cadence and ease of use requirements are considered in their design
  • Coordinate worldwide telemetry services for day of launch/prelaunch activities
  • Coordinate operator and asset schedules

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science, engineering, math, or science discipline
  • 2+ years of project or industry experience with RF, controls, spacecraft, and/or communications systems

PREFERRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • 2+ years of operations experience with spacecraft, ground stations, or other complex communication systems
  • Experience working with government organizations (USAF, NASA, FAA, FCC, NTIA, etc.)
  • Experience working with and organizing technical data with strong attention to detail
  • Experience developing link budgets and other engineering calculations related to system specification and design
  • LEO, MEO, and/or lunar orbit ground station operations and engineering experience
  • Manipulation and use of tracking and orbit determination files, formats, and tools
  • Experience working on technical teams in a rapidly changing, highly demanding environment
  • Solid fundamental knowledge of networks, electronics, math, engineering, and physics
  • Creative approach to problem solving, engineering, and design with exceptional analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal
  • Experience with Python
  • Ability to work independently and in a team, take initiative, and communicate effectively
  • Familiarity with Linux based operating systems
  • Experience with automating complex systems

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Ability to pass Air Force background checks for Cape Canaveral and Vandenberg
  • Must be willing to travel as required to domestic and international ground station sites (< 25%)
  • Must be willing to support extended hours and weekends when necessary to support launch and critical project timelines
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 25 lbs. unassisted
  • Lifting, standing, climbing, bending, grasping, sitting, pulling, pushing, stooping, stretching, and carrying are generally required to perform the functions of this position

ITAR REQUIREMENTS:

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.

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