Lunar Terrain Vehicle SEI Systems Engineer & Test Lead

The Aerospace Corporation
Center, TX
Added: April 15, 2024
The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation’s space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space— delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration – to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

Building on The Aerospace Corporation's reputation as a trusted, impartial advisor with integrity and dedication to mission success, the Civil Systems Group (CSG) combines deep technical expertise with market-leading innovation to help our customers solve complex systems engineering and integration challenges. CSG is organized by core customer-facing lines of business to manage and grow programs within NASA, NOAA, and the NNSA, while extending our capabilities to other civilian federal government agencies fully integrated within Aerospace rules, regulations, processes, values, and behaviors.

This position will support the NASA EVA and Human Surface Mobility Program’s (EHP) Lunar Terrain Vehicle (LTV) Project SEI team – part of the Artemis portfolio at the NASA Johnson Space Center. As part of this team, you will serve as a systems engineer/senior systems engineer and test lead. In this role, you will (1) support SEI and risk reduction activities for the LTV project and LTV vendors including requirement verification and validation support, and (2) coordinate, plan, manage, execute, and assess corresponding test activities.

Work Model: 100% onsite; option for hybrid with 2-3 days onsite and 2-3 days remote per week based on experience and expertise

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Support the LTV Project SEI office at NASA Johnson Space Center, which is responsible for the definition, development, and implementation of the LTV in support of the Artemis architecture.
  • Work with the project V&V lead to support verification and validation of LTV project and LTV vendor requirements
  • Work with the LTV project test team to strategize, coordinate, plan, manage, execute, and assess corresponding test activities within the project as well as with other projects, tech authorities, and SMEs
  • Review CRs related to testing (external documents routed to LTV for review/comment) and other CRs, as needed
  • Assist with project lifecycle reviews (generated slide content, present as needed)
  • Working with LTV SEI Cross-Stakeholder Integration lead and Insight team to review test deliverables from contractors and assist with any needed planning/coordination across NASA internal teams

This position is available as a Project Engineer or Senior Project Engineer

What You Need To Be Successful

Minimum Requirements:

Project Engineer

  • Bachelor of Science degree or advanced degree in engineering or science
  • 8 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/scientific experience, including experience in a systems engineering, test and evaluation
  • Knowledge and understanding of the NASA program life cycle and associated milestone reviews
  • Working experience in CMW, SharePoint, and wiki pages
  • Ability to effectively utilize oral and written communication to express technical concepts and recommendations to personnel at all technical and managerial levels
  • Ability to work in a quick-paced, small core team that leads technical discussions across a large technical community and influences teams across the NASA enterprise
  • Initiative and demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with customers
  • Excellent teaming and leadership skills with an ability to multi-task across various issues/disciplines simultaneously
  • Excellent presentation and communications skills, including development of and briefing of decision packages and complex information in a succinct and polished manner.
  • Experience working across diverse teams and many different engineering disciplines
  • Knowledge of space flight certification processes to ensure performance and safety requirements are met

Senior Project Engineer

Same requirements as a Project Engineer noted above, in addition to:

  • At least 12 years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/scientific experience, including experience in a systems engineering, test and evaluation, NASA program lifecycle, and NASA program management environment

How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:

Project Engineer or Senior Project Engineer

  • Advanced degree in engineering or science
  • Knowledge of EVA systems, exploration mobility topics, and current technology
  • Experience with the NASA program life cycle and system engineering processes
  • Demonstrated successful experience performing or leading technical and programmatic tasks for NASA
  • Deep knowledge of performing or leading NASA SEI analysis cycle tasks
  • Demonstrated successful experience leading testing for the purposes of risk reduction activities, including requirements V&V
  • Proven ability to interact effectively with government, contractor personnel, and work across multiple organizations that contribute to mission success
  • Exposure with International Partner and/or Commercial vendor integration and coordination
  • Demonstrated management and leadership role experience

Leadership Competencies

Our leadership philosophy is simple: every employee, regardless of level and role, can demonstrate leadership. At Aerospace, our commitment is our people. To cultivate our talent and ensure that we have a strong pipeline of future leaders, we want individuals who:

  • Operate Strategically
  • Lead Change
  • Engage with Impact
  • Foster Innovation
  • Deliver Results

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:

  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
  • 401(k) Plan — Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
  • Education assistance programs
  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other—the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.