Senior Payload Thread Engineer

The Aerospace Corporation - Chantilly, VA

All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia)

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation. A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators. Are you ready to launch your career?

The Senior Payload Thread Engineer will provide technical expertise and leadership for the successful acquisition & implementation of payload, receiver and antenna technology for the Directorate L Mission Engineering group. Responsibilities include supporting advanced concepts studies for the design, build, test and integration of future payloads, systems & capabilities. The Senior Payload Thread Engineer will provide technical expertise to develop, lead and maintain technical strategies, engineering best practices and mission assurance processes for hardware development; provide input on strategic direction for and review of technical requirements and provide support for proposal technical evaluations.

Key Functions

Provide spacecraft payload hardware expertise within the Mission Engineering section of Directorate L to ensure that all Aerospace accountabilities are fully satisfied and documented and that all Aerospace technical positions, products, and recommendations are timely, accurate and executable
Work closely with the customer team to identify program technical challenges and ensure that they are met with timely, high-quality solutions
Develop of new approaches to meeting user requirements and assessment of other recommended approaches
Maintain and strengthen the teaming relationships among the Government, Aerospace and SETA stakeholders, and promote close teaming between the Aerospace and staff members
Further, ensure timely and accurate reporting of program information to senior Aerospace and Government managers
Moderate travel is required

BS in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, or other related discipline from a recognized institution.
12 or more years of relevant engineering experience
Experience with relevant payload, receiver & antenna technologies
Experience with the design, qualification, build, test of RF systems
Proven ability to take initiative and lead teams
Superior verbal and written communication skills
Ability to travel as needed
This position requires the ability to have and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.


Advanced degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering or related discipline from a recognized institution
Experience with payload, receiver and antenna design, test & implementation
Experience with application of phased array antenna technology
Experience in role of payload or antenna subsystem lead through the entire program life cycle
Experience with Customer acquisition processes
Experience working within a customer program office

Transcript Requirement

Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: Top Secret

Access: SCI

Polygraph: Counter Intelligence Polygraph

Relocation Available: Yes

Employment Type: Regular

Work Schedule: Full Time

Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance. U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

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