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Raytheon Technologies Sr. Satellite Systems Engineer in McLean, Virginia

Raytheon Technologies ensures our customers succeed when addressing the world’s biggest threats. Together we are advancing research, development, testing, and evaluation in the aerospace defense sector.

We are seeking a highly motivated Senior Satellite Systems Engineer to provide subject matter expertise and engineering support to a U.S. Government customer. This person will join a multidisciplinary team composed of chemists, material scientists, mechanical/electrical engineers, and cyber engineers. The work environment is a very collegial atmosphere with ever-changing technical challenges that elicits excitement and challenge with each new day.

As a Senior Satellite Systems Engineer, you will be responsible for understanding the entire system to include critical components (e.g. fiber optic gyroscopes, star trackers, FPGAs), hardware, software, and all internal and external interfaces. Roles and responsibilities center around quickly responding to client knowledge gaps by educating oneself followed by training/teaching the government task managers, as well as internal customer departments, on the relevant technologies. The ultimate goal in the satellite area is to help external contractors develop, test, and build capabilities to counter technical advances being made by foreign entities. Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide technical expertise on domestic and foreign satellite parts and systems

  • Provide customer training and technology transfer

  • Learn unfamiliar, or leading edge, technologies to stay current on advancements

  • Review intelligence reporting

  • Collaborate with internal customers on defining research requirements and strategic mission objectives

  • Identify/Eliminate system vulnerabilities

  • Review external contractor/vendor technical proposals, experimental results, deliverables, and final reports

  • Support customer test activities

  • Prepare, and often deliver, briefing materials to mid-level to senior client management

  • Perform troubleshooting

  • Review technical specifications

  • Support Customer Review Board

  • Anomaly resolution

  • CONUS travel to government contractor facilities

  • Support installation and deployment opportunities

    Required Skills:

  • Master’s degree and at least 10 years related experience

  • At least 3 years hands-on bench experience with building satellite systems

  • Knowledge of software and system test and validation processes

  • Ability to reverse engineer

  • Experience with root cause analysis and troubleshooting

  • Experience with vulnerability assessment and risk management

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Team-oriented

  • Knowledge on the power, propulsion, guidance/navigation, communications, and/or payload systems down to the critical component level

  • Willingness to become acquainted with new technology

  • Configuration management experience

    Desired Skills:

  • Experience with project portfolio management to help balance strategic and quick reaction capabilities within budget constraints and windows of opportunity

  • Ability to work under tight deadlines

  • Understanding the global procurement supply chain of specific satellite components

  • Ability to predict system-level performance implications of minor technical modifications

  • Flexibility to adjust technical direction as intelligence picture changes, or becomes more defined

  • Help define initial scope and assess technical feasibility of proposed development efforts

    Must be a US Citizen with an active TS/SCI clearance with poly and be crossover eligible.

Due to a customer requirement, as a condition of employment for this position, the successful candidate will be required to obtain and provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination prior to commencing employment or submit to regular COVID testing.


Raytheon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, age, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.