Space System Reliability Engineer
General Atomics pioneers technologies with the potential to change the world. Behind a talented global team of engineers, GA delivers safe, sustainable, and economical solutions to meet growing global demands. Our Engineers have an opportunity to work on first of a kind product lines within an incredible, dynamic environment.
Engineering positions typically require a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or PhD in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience. Candidates from mechanical, electrical, and aerospace engineering backgrounds must know the fundamentals of engineering system developments, requirements, testing, and integration before getting to the final stages of customer interface and project management.
Schedule: Full-Time Salary
Job Level: Senior (8+ years)
Travel: 0 - 25
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Job Summary General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) designs and manufactures first-of-a-kind electromagnetic and electric power generation systems. GA-EMS’ expanding portfolio of specialized products and integrated system solutions support critical fleet, space systems and satellites, missile defense, power and energy, and process and monitoring applications for defense, industrial, and commercial customers worldwide.
Whether a specific satellite for a specific mission or a constellation of interconnected spacecraft, the GA-EMS Space Systems team is re-defining how customers can access the possibilities of space. GA-EMS offers modular and scalable satellite platforms backed with a history of operational flight experience to support defense, civil, commercial, and academic mission requirements.
We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Space System Reliability Engineer working on satellite systems to join our team located in Centennial, CO.
With limited direction, this position exercises considerable latitude for initiating and developing designs, procedures, techniques and solution to resolving advanced technical engineering problems. Assignments are normally outlined in terms of broad specifications, objectives, possible results anticipated and critical reference points requiring special attention.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Conducts modeling and analysis of system and spacecraft reliability and supports design of solutions to satisfy reliability and availability requirements. Analysis may include:
- Worst Case Circuit Analysis (WCCA / WCA) to ensure electrical circuit function over worst case tolerances, mission duration, thermal and radiation environment
- Worst Case Timing Analysis (WCTA) to ensure timing requirements are satisfied
- Electrical Parts Stress Analysis (PSA) to increase component lifetime by the reduction of applied stress
- Failure Mode Effects and Criticality (FMECA) to identify and mitigate single point failures
- Reliability predictions to assess compliance to numerical reliability requirements
- Limited Life Analysis (LLA) to ensure components meet mission life requirements
- Develops reliability analyses and reports for program deliverables.
- Provide Fault Detection, Isolation and Recovery (FDIR) engineering support as part of an integrated satellite project team.
- Provide FMEA and FMECA inputs to design teams.
- Coordinate with EEE parts component engineer to understand survivability based on mission environments.
- Participate in Material Review Board and Failure Review Board activities as required.
- Develops innovative but practical solutions to advanced technical problems in engineering.
- Provides focal point for technical communication within the Company management and may represent the Company as the prime technical contact to customers and/or government regulatory agencies.
- Presents report(s) at engineering meetings, participates in program reviews and consults on problems.
- Provides expert guidance and consulting to other staff members working on difficult engineering problems.
- Anticipates future engineering needs and the modifications required to accomplish a technical goal.
- Addresses complex and difficult technical issues requiring novel and highly creative approaches drawing on advanced engineering concepts.
- May assume technical and engineering responsibility of the success of an identifiable project.
- Directs activities of design or technical staff and may lead a team of moderately experienced professional staff.
- Maintains the strict confidentiality of sensitive information.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Responsible for observing all laws, regulations and other applicable obligations wherever and whenever business is conducted on behalf of the Company. Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.
We recognize and appreciate the value and contributions of individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences and welcome all qualified individuals to apply.
- Typically requires a bachelors degree, masters degree or PhD in engineering or a related technical discipline from an accredited institution and progressive engineering experience as follows; nine or more years of experience with a bachelors degree, seven or more years of experience with a masters degree, or four or more years with a PhD. May substitute equivalent engineering experience in lieu of education.
- Must have at least 4 years of spacecraft or space system design experience.
- Must have experience performing reliability analysis of space systems and spacecraft.
- Great interpersonal skills working in a team environment.
- Familiar with MIL-HBK-217, ANSI/VITA 51.1 and/or NASA EEE parts standards
- Demonstrates an extensive technical expertise and application of engineering principles, concepts, theory, and practice with the ability to organize, plan, schedule, conduct, and coordinate workloads to meet established deadlines or milestones with some experience in project leadership.
- Must possess the ability to understand new concepts quickly and apply them accurately throughout an evolving environment. Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills are required enabling an effective interface with other departments and/or professionals, and capable of representing the organization as a prime technical contact, as well as providing leadership and guidance to less experienced professionals.
- Customer focused, formulates plans based on the development of innovative new designs in resolving advanced technical engineering problems. Must be able to work both independently and in a team environment. Able to work extended hours as required.
Pension, 401(k)/Retirement Plans
Multiple product lines means a variety of work
Paid Time Off
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