Senior Systems Engineer (Space Sensor)

Job Description

ATA is seeking an experienced Systems Engineer with experience developing space based sensors. The engineer will be a key member of an integrated team operating in a very dynamic environment.

Candidates must have strong knowledge of System Engineering Principles, solid technical credentials and experience, and demonstrated success leading and managing system engineering processes and teams. The successful candidate must possess strong technical management experience involving multiple engineering disciplines and have experience with space or flight hardware programs. The successful candidate must have demonstrated expertise developing requirements, error budgets, system specification, concept formulation, systems design and analysis, and risk analysis and management. The successful candidate needs an understanding of optical systems, communication systems, and pointing and tracking systems.

Essential Functions: 

  • - Provide end-to-end systems engineering for space based sensor payloads

  • - Ensures the systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems
      solutions consistent with technical, schedule, and cost constraints

  • - Develop and derive requirements, define CONOPS, develop system performance budgets, define
      system specifications, and manage the planning and execution of study efforts

  • - Manage the defining of risks and developing risk mitigation plans

  • - Provide multi-functional expertise spanning multiple engineering disciplines

  • - Provide system concepts and architectures consistent with mission requirements

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 


  • - Systems Thinker – ability to think through the design of a complex sensor to determine the
      inter-relations between mechanical, electrical, controls, and software functions

  • - Requirements Communication and Management – ability to derive, decompose, allocate, manage
      and, most importantly, communication required amongst customers, team-members, and

  • - Manufacturing Leadership – prior experience transitioning early development designs to Low Rate
      Initial Production

Work Environment: 

This job operates in a professional/secure office and laboratory environment. This position routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, fax machines and other equipment as needed.

Physical Demands: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: 

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are nominally Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.


Travel is primarily local during the business day, although some out-of-area and overnight travel will be required (less than 10%).

Required Education and Experience: 

  • - Must be a United States Citizen, able to obtain and maintain a U.S. DoD Security Clearance

  • - Bachelor of Science in relevant Engineering discipline with 4 years of experience

  • - Experience as a Systems Engineer

  • - Proven competence in the systems engineering process

  • - Prior experience leading the design, fabrication, and testing of hardware systemsr

  • - Experience developing integration and test plans

  • - Demonstrated leadership experience

Preferred Education and Experience: 

  • - Master's degree or Ph.D. in Engineering or Physics

  • - Experience designing and developing laser communications, electro-optical, or pointing,
      tracking, and stabilization systems is highly desirable

  • - Current U.S. Department of Defense Security Clearance

Primary Location: 

Albuquerque, NM

Relocation Available: 


ATA prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. ATA conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations. Please send all resumes, including cover letters, to Human Resources at Applied Technology Associates, 1300 Britt Street SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123. You may also fax them to (505) 998-2397, or e-mail them to  PLEASE REFER TO DOCKET No. ATA20191119.

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