SSL is the leading provider of commercial satellites worldwide. At the forefront of the aerospace industry, we build some of the world’s most powerful and complex satellites and spacecraft systems. We create innovative solutions to meet our customers growing communications needs, including direct-to-home television, satellite radio, broadband internet services, mobile and emergency communications, and weather forecasting. We support commercial and government customers around the world, including SiriusXM Radio, DIRECTV, Dish Network, and the U.S. Government.
The company’s reputation as a world leader is the result of its unparalleled commitment to performance and reliability, combining today’s advanced technologies with space-proven heritage designs. Billions of people depend on SSL-built satellites every day. A career with SSL could shape your future in ways that you've never imagined.
SSL has export control and security issues that require attention to the citizenship status of every individual who performs work on its behalf. All jobs at SSL require that the employee either be a United States Citizen, Permanent Resident of the United States, an Asylee, or a Refugee. SSL is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
SSL is looking for eager, hardworking engineers to lay the foundation for a brand new SSL product line – a very cost competitive, SmallSat capable of operating in Low Earth Orbit for a wide variety of payloads. SSL’s primary responsibility is for Integration and Test (I&T) of the SmallSat spacecraft. You will be working in a very small, self-contained project team and you will start by learning everything there is to know about building and testing the spacecraft including the bus subsystems, then you will apply everything you’ve learned by leading a small team of engineers through I&T of the constellation of SmallSat spacecraft. This is an out of the box project that requires out of the box solutions, so be ready for anything!
Some specific opportunities of this position include:
• Drive the I&T process by developing mechanical work instructions and electrical test procedures, optimize the production and test flow and tooling, and increase manufacturability/testability
• Create and adapt business practices to support a streamlined, cost- and schedule-efficient assembly and test enterprise
• Manage mechanical & electrical GSE design and fabrication for subsystem and system level test
• Resolve I&T issues on the manufacturing floor in real time created by hardware problems, supplier issues, and implement work arounds to keep the spacecraft schedule moving forward
• Create a production flow process for I&T of multiple spacecraft in parallel – resolve facility, test equipment, and other resource conflicts
• Collaborate with Customer personnel to identify design improvements and establish processes for phasing in design changes into the production flow
• Lead the assembly and test effort and maintain the production schedules for each spacecraft
• Prepare the spacecraft for launch, support launch operations, in-orbit test, and early operations of the spacecraft in LEO
• BS in engineering or equivalent
• Working knowledge of CAD applications
• Prior SmallSat experience or equivalent – university project experience is acceptable
• 2-5 years spacecraft experience – subsystem or spacecraft I&T
• Clear and concise technical writing and communications skills
• Demonstrated experience working in small teams with team leadership responsibilities