Sr. Systems Engineer / Space SME

Job Locations US-NM-Albuquerque
# of Openings
Clearance Required




MTSI is searching for a Sr. Systems Engineer / Space SME 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 aerospace hardware and software.  In this position, you will provide System Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) to a Government program office established for development and fielding of critical capabilities for the space enterprise.


Why is MTSI known as a Great Place to Work?

  • Interesting Work:  Our co-workers support some of the most important and critical programs to our national defense and security.  
  • Values: Our first core value is that employees come first.  We challenge our co-workers to provide the highest level of support and service, and reward them with some of the best benefits in the industry. 
  • 100% Employee Ownership: we have a stake in each other's success, and the success of our customers.  It's also nice to know what's going on across the company; we have company wide town-hall meetings three times a year.  
  • Great Benefits: 
    • 20 days PTO/year + 10 holidays/year
    • Flexible schedules
    • 6% 401k match with immediate vesting
    • Semi-annual bonus eligibility (July and December)
    • Company funded Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) - a separate qualified retirement account
    • Up to $10,000 in annual tuition reimbursement
    • Other company funded benefits
    • Optional zero deductible Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance plan
  • Track Record of Success:  We have grown every year since our founding in 1993.

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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 rated hardware, software, sensors, and processors in an extremely fast-paced, responsive development environment.  Additionally, you will serve as a core point of contact for industry and work directly with subject matter experts across the space domain to quickly converge on solutions that meet warfighter requirements.  You must apply advanced principles, theories, and concepts for highly classified and SWAP-C constrained systems, while also effectively communicating complex results with management and executive leadership.


SETA Role and Responsibilities:   

  • Independently define, assist, advise, or guide issue resolution or projects
  • Employ highly specialized knowledge or experience to anticipate problems
  • Conceptualize guiding strategic principles, and identify adaptable technologies to solutions for complex challenges
  • Conduct technical analyses and risk assessment in a specialized and accelerated acquisition framework
  • Decompose capabilities into core system functional architecture
  • Provide recommendations and/or make decisions on technical approaches of the total system, and system-of-systems definition, design, or development
  • Lead improvements to program progress, technical soundness, and timeliness
  • Manage related market research, R&D studies, and analysis
  • Provide accurate technical guidance, direction, and advice and perform technical reviews within the organization in a timely and effective manner
  • Analyze and apply system engineering and technical management processes at the component, system, or systems-of-systems levels
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and with technical accuracy—oral and written


Required Skills & Experience:

  • 7+ years of directly related technical engineering experience
  • Experience in spacecraft, launch vehicles, or highly autonomous unmanned systems
  • Motivated self-starter who can work both independently and in a collaborative team environment, often with minimal guidance and within rigid timelines
  • Good analytic and critical thinking skills and the ability to apply them in a multi-tasking environment where more than one project may require his/her participation at any given time (typically one primary project and one or two ancillary projects)
  • Outstanding communication skills in conveying complex technical issues and in providing comprehensive written, oral, and/or digital products. The candidate must also have outstanding technical writing and presentation development skills

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • System Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) to Government program office
  • Experience in system engineering of space systems
  • Knowledge of DAS and LCM (DoDI 5000.02 and AFI 63-101/20-101)
  • Experience in DoD program management that spans initial program development through sustainment and disposal
  • Experience with Integrated Master Schedules, PPBE process, Earned Value Management, and Risk Management
  • Experience with preparation of Statements of Work (SOW) and Performance Work Statements (PWS)

Minimum Education Requirements:  ABET accredited bachelor's degree in engineering, physics, mathematics, or related technical field. 


Desired Education & Experience Requirements:

  • Relevant PhD degree plus 5 years of related mission system experience, OR
  • Relevant Master of Science, physics, mathematics, computer science, or engineering degree plus of 10 years of related mission system experience, OR
  • Relevant Bachelor's degree in physics, mathematics, computer science, or engineering plus 20 years of related mission system experience

Clearance Requirements: Current TS/SCI (SCI eligibility) with SAR/RSV experience within last 5 years, and candidate must maintain a TS/SCI clearance as a condition of employment. 


Location/Travel Requirements: Full-time, on site in vicinity of Kirtland AFB, NM, and will require travel up to 20% of time within the continental United States.  




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