Space RCO - Senior Mission Payload/RF Engineer

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


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MTSI is searching for a highly skilled, Senior Mission Payload Specialist (MPS) / RF Engineer 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 space hardware and software.  In this position, you will provide System Engineering Technical Assistance (SETA) to the Space Rapid Capabilities Office (SpRCO). The SpRCO program office, located at Kirtland AFB, NM, is a small, streamlined organization with dedicated, organic acquisition support functions: contracting, financial management, human resources, security, program management and technical engineering support that are critical in enabling the rapid response required for classified space programs.  The mission is to develop and deliver operationally dominant space capabilities at the speed of warfighting relevance in response to Commander, U.S. Space Command requirements.  A successful candidate should be a leader and problem solver with a proven ability to deliver superior results as part of a high performing team in a high-profile, fast-paced environment.  


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: 
    • Start at 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
    • Optional zero deductible Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance plan
    • Other company funded benefits
  • 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.  This SETA candidate will provide in-depth background on satellite vehicle bus and RF subsystems to improve program office insight into state-of-the art commercial and legacy mission systems, and C2 requirements and capabilities.  You must apply advanced principles, theories, and concepts for highly classified systems, while also effectively communicating complex results with management and executive leadership.

  • Provides technical guidance to the development team and program manager and is responsible for ensuring sufficiency of all technical and programmatic requirements for mission system payloads
  • Researches and stays apprised of developing technologically advanced payloads of U.S. and foreign space program interests
  • Responsible to track and oversee payload deficiency reporting and analysis as well as analyze plans for deficiency resolution
  • Primary contact responsible for payload design documentation to include system requirements, critical methods, high level design, and recommends changes or modifications to the mission system payloads
  • Provide evaluation of trending data to validate nominal system performance or identification of system degradation
  • Support system readiness, planning, preparation, execution, and evaluation for payloads--this may include launch and early orbit operations, on-orbit operations, and end-of-life retirement and disposal
  • Provide mission data reduction and analysis and data delivery as required
  • Interpret data related to operational problems, assist in root-cause determinations, and participate in corrective and preventative activities
  • Perform all functional duties independently, with little guidance
  • Employ highly specialized knowledge or experience to anticipate challenges
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and with technical accuracy—oral and written



  • Minimum five (5) years of relevant classified DoD work experience
  • Experience in spacecraft, and RF SATCOM payloads
  • Knowledge of mission payload engineering, development, and manufacturing
  • Understanding of operational environment and corresponding mission user needs
  • Experience in DoD program management including program development and transition
  • Experience with Integrated Master Schedules, and risk management
  • Experience with Statements of Work (SOW) and Performance Work Statements (PWS)

Qualifications Desired:

  • Minimum ten (10) years of relevant DoD work experience with SAP and/or SCI
  • System Engineering Technical Assistance (SETA) to Government program office
  • Experience with laser SATCOM
  • Experience with rapid prototyping
  • Experience with integrated air, space and cyberspace capabilities
  • Experience with ACAT I/II level acquisition programs
  • Experience using multivariable optimization in mission planning software systems
  • Experience in planning and executing test campaigns for space ground systems
  • Fluency with IC organizations

Education Requirements:

  • An applicable Bachelor's degree in engineering from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or possess a Professional Engineering license

Clearance Requirements:

  • Active TOP SECRET clearance with sensitive compartmentalized information (SCI) and special access program (SAP) eligibility and willingness to submit to a Counter-Intelligence polygraph
  • Candidate must maintain a TS/SCI clearance as a condition of employment

Travel Requirements:  Full-time, on site in vicinity of Kirtland AFB, NM, and will require travel up to 30% of time within the continental United States


Relocation Approved:  Yes


Please Note: U.S. Citizenship is required for this position.


Tags:  Space RCO, Space Systems Engineering, Mission Systems, Engineering, Acquisition Management, Program Management, Ground Systems, SATCOM, Test and Evaluation, Albuquerque, Air Force, Space Force, Space Development





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