Iridium Satellite

  • Systems Engineer/Linux

    Job Locations US-VA-McLean
    Job ID 2018-1280
    Worker Category
    Regular Full-Time[F]
  • Company Overview

    Aireon has deployed the world’s first and global space-based air traffic surveillance system, which is revolutionizing the entire aviation industry. The Aireon system provides real-time aircraft monitoring spanning never before covered areas of the planet, including remote, oceanic and polar regions. Aireon’s receivers are hosted on the Iridium constellation, which consists of 66 operational satellites in low-earth orbit and utilizes a unique cross-linked satellite architecture creating a web of coverage around the world. The Aireon system enables safer, more efficient and more environmentally friendly aviation travel, resulting in significant CO2 emission reductions. Numerous Air Navigation Service Providers have already signed on as customers and are receiving Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data, including NAV CANADA, NATS (UK), Naviair (Denmark), Enav (Italy), the Irish Aviation Authority, Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Air Traffic and Navigation Services (South Africa) and more.

    Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities

    Are you a cloud and on-prem Linux Guru?  We're looking for you!


    The Aireon Engineering team is seeking an engineer to help maintain and monitor the development and integration environments.  This role will also be key to the Aireon Engineering team’s selection of hardware and software used within the Aireon system.  Reporting to the Software Engineering Manager, the engineer will be responsible for Aireon’s unique engineering environment of mostly Linux boxes, CI servers, and help to plan and design remote Linux appliances.  




    • Maintain, administer, and monitor the on-prem and cloud-based Linux-based Aireon Engineering assets used for development, integration, and data analysis
    • Maintain development environments including continuous integration (CI), build servers, and the development/integration instance of Git
    • Identify key functional and operational requirements for computing systems and platforms.
      Drive selection and specification of hardware and cloud instances for new development and upgrades in collaboration with the Aireon Software and Systems Engineering teams
    • Collaborate with the Aireon Software and Systems Engineering teams on new hardware selection for future upgrades to the operational Aireon System
    • Collaborate with the Aireon Software and Systems Engineering teams on new software and OS selection for future upgrades to the operational Aireon System
    • Develop scripts to ease administration and monitoring of assets
    • Analyze and troubleshoot errors and logs
    • Maintain Anaconda kickstart scripts and automated configuration tools (Ansible, Chef, Puppet, etc.)
    • Maintain data recording storage devices and facilitate offsite backup
    • Contribute to engineering trade studies
    • Assist test and development teams with development and integration tasks
    • Regularly communicate with engineering team on environment status
    • Proactively suggest upgrades



    Experience & Education Requirements / EEO



    • BS or MS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related Information Technology degree
    • 5 or more years operating as an admin or expert in a Linux environment
    • Experience scripting in Bash, Python, or Perl
    • Experience with on-prem virtualization
    • Experience with AWS or Azure
    • RHEL/CentOS 6/7 Experience
    • Able to obtain a public trust (SF-85P) security clearance




    • Automation and provisioning experience with Ansible, Chef, Puppet, or Cobbler
    • Red Hat Certified System Administrator
    • Experience with the Atlassian tool suite – JIRA and Confluence
    • Experience building RPM or DEB packages
    • Knowledge of setting up local package mirrors
    • Experience with monitoring tools: ex: Icinga, Nagios, WhatsUp Gold
    • Familiarity with SNMP
    • Aviation surveillance experience

    Aireon is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a protected veteran. EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability and other protected categories.


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