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Job ID: SWM20162004-35042


With projected annual revenues in of nearly $4.5 billion, approximately 12,000 employees, and operations in about 20 states, Orbital ATK is a company on the move. Our mission is to ensure that our customers accomplish their mission - whether it's a technological breakthrough, a satellite launch, or protecting our nation. The company is the world's leading supplier of solid rocket motors, a leading provider of launch vehicles, satellites and other space systems, and the nation's largest manufacturer of ammunition.

Orbital ATK Space Systems Group designs, manufactures and operates small and medium-class spacecraft for communications, imaging, scientific, exploration and national security space applications. The Group is leading supplier of space components that power and enable satellites of all classes, provides technical engineering services to government agencies and laboratories, and is developing exciting new satellite servicing and advanced space flight technologies.

United in pride and shared goals, Orbital ATK employees come from diverse backgrounds and work together to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable solutions.√£Work with the best and unleash your potential.

If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, Orbital ATK is the company that will further your experience and career growth. We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including, medical, dental, 401k, tuition reimbursement, and much more.


Successful candidates for this position will work in a technical role for the National Security Systems (NSS) program area. This position offers the opportunity to work on an exciting, cutting-edge program and mission area. The program will be based in Orbital Dulles, Virginia location.

Primary duties include satellite mission planning and mission systems engineering activities. Mission planning efforts comprise development of mission objectives based on stakeholder inputs, development of mission plans, and development of detailed procedures and analytical prediction of mission performance against established metrics. Must consider all aspects of the spacecraft and orbital environment in developing plans and procedures. Analytical prediction requires use of analytical tools, such as Freeflyer, STK and MATLAB/SIMULINK to calculate orbit trajectories, maneuvers, and to establish design reference missions. Additional duties include system modeling and simulation, mission ops support, generating engineering reports from advanced studies, special engineering investigations, and occasional Business Development support, and similar activities.

The candidate must be knowledgeable in large scale system-of-systems, space vehicle design and operations, ground segments, segment interfaces, payloads, and mission operations. Advanced analyses capability relating to complex mission problems are required, as is the ability to develop and support home-grown mission analysis tools.

The role will include some interface with clients, as well as regular interactions with internal engineering associates and program management. Candidate may be called on to assist in new business activities such as conceptual design and analysis for proposals and funded studies, and may include authoring sections for both.

Candidates are to demonstrate a strong ability to work autonomously, with some oversight from the senior engineering team members and program teammates and should be able to leverage previous experience to recognize and mitigate technical issues as they occur.


Desired experience should include mission requirements development from high level objectives, mission planning and execution for satellite missions across a spectrum of orbit classes, mission analysis, and expertise in various mission analysis engineering tools such as MATLAB, STK, and similar tools.


A Bachelors Degree (BA/BS) in an applicable Engineering field.

Seven years of related experience is required.

Masters Degree preferred.

Active TS/SSBI and SCI Security Clearance required.

Orbital ATK is applying entrepreneurial thinking and commercial practices to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable products and services to our customers and grow our core areas while harnessing new technologies that will take our products - and your ideas - into the future. When encouraged to think beyond the ordinary, you'll be amazed at what you can do!

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/V/D

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Category Engineering and Sciences
Desired Travel less than 25%
Group Space
Expertise Engineering
Education Bachelors
Job Type Full Time
Location VA-Dulles
Years of Experience 5-8 Years

About Orbital ATK

As a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, Orbital ATK designs, builds and delivers space, defense and aviation-related systems to customers around the world both as a prime contractor and as a merchant supplier. Our main products include launch vehicles and related propulsion systems; satellites and associated components and services; composite aerospace structures; tactical missiles, subsystems and defense electronics; and precision weapons, armament systems and ammunition.

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