Space Operations Engineer

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Space Operations Engineer

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Must be a US Citizen
On going contract position
W2 with full benefits
Must be able to pass background check and drug screen

Job Description:
The Operations Engineer is a position within the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Mission Operations Team (MOT). 
A successful candidate will train to become an LRO Operations Engineer. The list below reflects general duties and responsibilities for this position: 
• Monitor the health and safety of the LRO spacecraft and ground system. 
• Monitor real-time activities and transmit daily loads to LRO. 
• Respond to, identify and investigate spacecraft and ground anomalies. 
• Write and maintain daily operations records – daily blogs, activity requests, engineering changes, etc. 
• Perform daily mission planning activities. 
• Perform daily trending and data analysis activities. 
• Perform verification testing using the LRO Spacecraft Simulator for all off-nominal activities prior to use on the spacecraft.
Will work off-nominal hours during special operations Will become the MOT resident expert in a specified spacecraft subsystem and science instrument Operations certification – mission planning, trending, and real-time control certifications by start date plus six months Ops Lead certification – operations shift lead by start date plus 18 – 24 months. 

Required Skills:
The Operations Engineer position requires the candidate to have the following skills and qualifications: 
• Systems Engineer 1: B.S. in engineering, mathematics, physics or computer sciences. 
• Systems Engineer 2: B.S. in engineering, mathematics, physics or computer sciences with at least one year of 
related experience. 
• Systems Engineer 3: B.S. in engineering, mathematics, physics or computer sciences with a minimum of three years hands-on working experience in direct spacecraft operations. NOTE: Systems Engineer designation will be based on education and experience relevant to position.
Prior experience in spacecraft operations: real-time satellite console (command, control, and telemetry analysis) operations certification.
Spacecraft subsystem/instrument performance analysis experience. Windows and UNIX experience. Experience with C, BASH, PERL, and Python Languages. Experience with XML and SQL databases
Good communication skills. Self-motivated; able to work autonomously, with minimal direction. Works well with a team. 

Desired Skills:
The following are skills desired for this position: 
• ITOS and STOL experience. 
• Experience with data processing, flight dynamics and ground networks. 
• Experience with Ilog rule development 

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