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Aerospace Engineer

Location Monrovia, United States
Posted 17-September-2020
Description
POSITION SUMMARY:
The Network Operations Analyst (NOA) / Critical Event Planner (CEP) is a key position within the Mission Planning Department. The NOA/CEP is the subject matter expert as it relates to the Deep Space Network (DSN) infrastructure, project interfaces; DSN operations processes and procedures; Critical Event Planning and related telecommunication analysis. The NOA function, in part, develops support plans; conducts tests and publishes reports; trains DSN support personnel; supports critical events; conducts fault analysis in real-time and recommends solutions to minimize data impact. The Critical Event Planner (CEP) is deemed the technical expert on RF telecommunication link analysis; performs specialized analysis that result in recommendations for optimizing Uplink and Downlink telecommunication links. A key function of the CEP is to produce the Critical Event Plan (CEP) an essential technical document that provides detailed telecommunications analysis and technical recommendations in support of critical level 1 or 2 events e.g., Initial Acquisitions, Orbit Insertion, Earth Flybys.

MAJOR JOB ACTIVITIES:
Support all mission planning, preparation, coordination, testing and critical activities.
Provide operations technical support for all assigned JPL and nonJPL projects.
Develop, test and maintain all Software Support Files (SSFs) and configuration files required to support missions.
Support Project Interface Tests (PITs) in support of network software or hardware upgrades.
Maintain working rapport with internal and external customers.
Technical consultant, conduct technical studies, provide recommendations; address operations issues and anomalies as required.
Responsible for researching and providing general technical information on DSN resources and facilities, capabilities, and interfaces with the flight projects.
Develop NOP (Network Operations Plan) that documents, Testing, Training, Operational Plans and Operations Procedures.
Develop and distribute a mission-specific support plan for mission critical level-1 events that documents, mission profile, significant events, support personnel assignments, personnel and DSN schedules, support products requirements, critical activity timeline, and support contingencies.
Provide necessary leadership to successfully lead troubleshooting and operations efforts in a technical team environment.
Network planning, conducting, evaluating, and reporting on all activities required to ensure mission support readiness, including all pre-launch preparations and all required in-flight support, for the duration of the DSN commitment.
Monitors all DSN Program Office development to ensure that design, schedules, and technical capabilities are consistent with DSN operations requirements and flight-project support requirements.
Conduct RF telecommunication link analysis utilizing the CEP (Critical Event Plan) analysis software tool
Produce the Critical Event Plan (CEP) in support of Level 1 or 2 critical events.
Produce Critical Event Plan (CEP) analysis in MS PowerPoint and present analysis results and recommendations to upper management.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
Education:
BS Degree in Physics, Aeronautical Engineering, Electronics Technology, or in other Science related programs.
Experience:
5-years working experience in a related technical discipline preferred; focused knowledge of spacecraft telecommunications highly preferred; expert level with MS Excel and MS PowerPoint a must; excellent writing and presentation skills are essential; Working knowledge of MATLAB/C++/Java/Visual Basic programing experience is preferred. Note: this is not a developmental engineering position.

 
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