Satellite Tracking Engineer

Professional Greenbelt, Maryland


Description

 Job Title:  Satellite Tracking Engineer                          JOB ID#: 300

Job Location: Greenbelt, MD

Job Description: 

Omitron is seeking a highly qualified candidate to provide satellite communication expertise in support of NASA’s Flight Dynamics Facility (FDF). This facility provides operations support to 30+ satellites in various orbital regimes, identifies tracking data anomalies, certifies ground stations, provides launch and early orbit support, and performs advanced navigation analyses. Spacecraft supported include James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS), Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System (TDRSS), Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), and Solar Terrestrial Relations Observatory (STEREO), among many others.

Specific areas of support will include:

  • Conduct and oversee advanced analysis of tracking data measurements.
  • Providing senior-level leadership and mentoring of junior technical staff
  • Performing and enhancing ground station validation, calibration, and/or certification
  • Evaluating station performance via observation data, ensuring satisfaction of operational requirements
  • Working remotely with ground stations to troubleshoot RF issues, as seen via observational data including GPS, Space Network, Near Earth Network, and/or the Deep Space Network
  • Documenting work in formal technical reports or forums with spacecraft operations teams, ground station personnel, and/or government customers

Note this position does not involve field evaluations or hands-on hardware support. Some travel may be required. Occasional off-hours support will be required. 

US citizenship required / EEO/AA / E-Verify Participation

Required Skills:

  • Knowledge of ground station architecture and equipment to include up and down converters, power amplifiers, receivers, and other antenna elements
  • Knowledge of spacecraft transmitter, transponder, and receiver designs to include oscillator aspects, modulation schemes, acquisition and tracking thresholds, and general characteristics
  • Demonstrated experience analyzing and diagnosing ground station systems, involving multiple sub-systems
  • Ability to apply problem solving methodologies to complex & ambiguous problems
  • Must be detail oriented and have excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.

Desired Skills:

  • Experience utilizing GPS, Space Network, Near Earth Network, and/or Deep Space Network observation types
  • Experience in a spacecraft operations environment
  • Work experience at a ground station
  • Experience in calculating and/or analyzing link budgets
  • Experience with Windows and Linux environments
  • Experience developing tools in Python, Perl, and Matlab

Required Degree:

Bachelor’s in Engineering, mathematics, physics or a related field

Company Overview: Omitron is an Aerospace Engineering and Information Technology small business firm headquartered in Beltsville, Maryland with a field office located in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Since 1984 Omitron has provided excellence in engineering services and product development to government and industry customers for both civilian and military aerospace programs.

Omitron recognizes that outstanding people are the key to our success. Our goal is to select highly qualified and motivated individuals and provide them an environment necessary to stimulate and nurture engineering and business objectives. Omitron offers its employees competitive salaries, a full benefits package, and excellent career growth opportunities. We welcome talented professionals who wish to take advantage of the opportunities we offer.