Project Engineer, Systems Engineering and Acquisition

The Aerospace Corporation
Crystal City, VA
Added: April 16, 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.

This position will support the National Nuclear Security Administration Defense Programs, through system engineering and integration (SE&I) expertise. The candidate will develop and execute studies to support Systems Engineering and Integration activities that cover focus areas such as systems architecture analyses; technology development planning and evaluation; acquisition programmatic and technical development effectiveness analysis; requirements development and analysis; and risk assessments. This will require the candidate to work collaboratively with program development and program execution staff to fully leverage the Aerospace Corporation's technical capabilities in relevant areas to best support the NNSA.

This role is a hybrid position that can be located in Albuquerque, NM or Crystal City, VA. The role will call for approximately 2-3 days of in-office work per week.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Apply knowledge of systems engineering processes, methods, MBSE tools, SysML and acquisition program development and oversight roles to research, architect, implement, and deploy Digital Engineering solutions for use on acquisition modernization programs and Enterprise decision support processes
  • Utilize Digital Engineering tools and platforms to analyze stakeholder and system requirements
  • Facilitate understanding and utilization of digital engineering solutions, and enhance the digital engineering culture
  • Develop Systems Engineering process models and change management processes/procedures for models
  • Conduct MBSE Modeling activities
  • Lead activities and collaborate and with internal technical support members and teams to develop optimized Digital Engineering solutions

Minimum Requirements

What You Need to be Successful

  • A minimum of a bachelor's degree in engineering, science, or related field of study.
  • 6 or more years of increasingly responsible professional engineering/scientific experience, including experience in a systems engineering
  • Knowledge of Systems Engineering elements and processes
  • Knowledge of lifecycle acquisition management elements and processes
  • Effective in communicating issues, impacts, and corrective actions
  • Understanding of basic project leadership principles such as Schedule Performance Index/Cost Performance Index, Earned Value, Cost Account Management (CAM), and Statistical Process Controls
  • Four years or more of experience in application of system engineering, risk management, quality, and management principles to achieve program success and MBSE application/implementation in systems engineering processes
  • Demonstrated capability to perform analysis and technical product delivery, as evidenced through examples of recent integrated work products.
  • This position may require ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U.S. citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.
  • Some travel is required.

How You Can Stand Out

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

  • An advanced degree in engineering, science, or related field of study.
  • A formal degree in systems engineering and/or project management.
  • Proficiency in tools/programming such as Cameo, Unified Architecture Framework, MATLAB, MathWorks Simulink, Wind River, Simics, ExtendSim, Python
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in a self-motivated and self-directed manner.
  • Demonstrated leadership and teaming skills in tasks such as formulating enterprise level solutions, executing and leading studies, collaborating with diverse teams to create holistic solutions through application of MBSE tools and methods.
  • Hold a current Top Secret clearance

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.