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Space RCO Space Tactics Engineering/Specialist (Senior) 

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Space RCO Space Tactics Engineering/Specialist (Senior)


Position Overview:

MTSI is searching for a senior Space Tactics Engineering/Specialist (STES) to support development of first-of-kind space vehicles and missions.  This handpicked candidate must possess technical expertise and experience with developing, designing, building, and integrating space hardware and software.  In this position, you will provide System Engineering Technical Assistance (SETA) to the Space Rapid Capabilities Office (SpRCO). The SpRCO program office, located at Kirtland AFB, NM, is a small, streamlined organization with dedicated, organic acquisition support functions: contracting, financial management, human resources, security, program management and technical engineering support that are critical in enabling the rapid response required for classified space programs.  The mission is to develop and deliver operationally dominant space capabilities at the speed of warfighting relevance in response to Commander, U.S. Space Command requirements.  A successful candidate should be a leader and problem solver with a proven ability to deliver superior results as part of a high performing team in a high-profile, fast-paced environment. 


At MTSI, our more than 1,400 co-owners recognize the high demand for specialized professionals within our industry and that you have many options to choose.  As an employee owned company where culture matters, we believe that by investing in our people we are investing in our company’s future!  

MTSI’s core capabilities are Systems Engineering and Integration, Modeling and Simulation, Test and Evaluation, Acquisition and Program Support, and Mission Assurance services. Our expertise includes ballistic missile defense, air defense, air vehicle survivability, unmanned aircraft, flight test operations, intelligence support, and cyber/space/homeland defense.

Recognized as an "employee comes first" company with over 27 years of consecutive growth we challenge our co-owners to provide the highest level of support and service, and reward them with some of the best benefits in the industry.  Day one all new co-workers start accruing PTO at a rate of 20 days, 6% 401k match with immediate vesting, semi-annual bonuses, and eligibility to participate in our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP).  We offer other employee focused benefits, including up to $10k in tuition reimbursement and an optional zero dollar deductible BCBS health insurance plan.


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As a senior Space Tactics Engineering/Specialist with MTSI you will work in a small, highly empowered team where every team member is directly responsible for the success of the program.  Engineering responsibilities span technology domains including space communications rated hardware, software, sensors, and processors in an extremely fast-paced, responsive development environment.  This SETA candidate will provide in-depth background on satellite vehicle bus and communication subsystems to improve program office insight into state-of-the art IC, DoD, commercial and legacy space vehicle systems, and C2 requirements and capabilities.  You must apply advanced principles, theories, and concepts for highly classified systems, while also effectively communicating complex results with management and executive leadership.


Your essential job functions will include but may not be limited to:

Plans, designs, and conducts trades studies for advanced space systems designed to meet advanced adversary capabilities.

Supports validation and verification of major space-centric systems integration.

Develops rapid reaction operational requirements for space-centric capabilities.

Assists government and contractor teams to assure that requirements decomposition yields a system that is both efficient and effective.

Rapidly develops and fields new, highly classified space capabilities for operations, establishes operational and tactical applications, and conducts research to meet emerging space-centric needs.

Other classified duties as assigned.

Work on high-visibility or mission critical aspects of a given program and perform all functional duties independently.

Oversee the efforts of less senior staff and/or be responsible for the efforts of all staff assigned to a specific job.

Translate complex ideas and data into simple, actionable recommendations or easily differentiated courses of action.

Communicate clearly, concisely, and with technical accuracy—oral and written.


Minimum ten(10) years DoD/IC, or relevant industry work experience.

Proven Experience in spacecraft, or highly autonomous unmanned systems.

Knowledge in using sensors to support space-to-space missions (i.e. rendezvous and proximity operations "RPO").

Proven experience integrating subsystems such as sensor suites, PNT, survivability, and network communications into systems to achieve desired effects.

Experience in RF SATCOM (Laser desired) crosslinks.

Knowledge of spacecraft engineering, development, and manufacturing.

Experience in planning and executing test campaigns for space mission systems.

Experience with Statements of Work (SOW) and Performance Work Statements (PWS).

Desired Requirements:

Ten (10) years of relevant DoD work experience with SAP and/or SCI.

System Engineering Technical Assistance (SETA) to a Government program office.

Demonstrated knowledge of embedded software for autonomous space operations.

Demonstrated knowledge of payload functionality and interface.

Demonstrated technical program management in space systems.

Experience leading software algorithm development teams.

Experience using multivariable optimization in mission planning software systems.

Knowledge of spacecraft Assembly, Integration and Test (AI&T) -- comms, propulsion, bus, power and environmental.

Experience with ground mission planning architecture and software.

Experience in DoD or IC program management including Integrated Master Schedules, and risk management.

Education Requirements: 

An applicable engineering degree from a from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or possess a Professional Engineering license.

MA/MS/ME degree from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET). (DESIRED)

 Clearance Requirements:

Active TOP SECRET clearance with sensitive compartmentalized information (SCI) and special access program (SAP) eligibility (no less than 2 years total SAP and/or SCI environment experience, with 1-year total within last 5 years) and willingness to submit to a Counter-Intelligence polygraph.

U.S. Citizenship is required for this position.

“As a federal government contractor MTSI must comply with Executive Order 14042.  If hired, you will be required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and comply with COVID-19 policies, absent a medical or religious accommodation.”