Iridium Satellite

  • Systems Engineer/Linux

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

    Aireon is on the path to revolutionizing air traffic surveillance and aircraft tracking, as the world’s first and only company deploying a 100 percent global space-based system. This system will provide 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 NEXT satellite constellation, which began launching in January 2017.  The Iridium NEXT constellation consists of 66 operational satellites in a low-earth orbit and utilizes a unique cross-linked satellite architecture creating a web of coverage around the world.  The Aireon system has the ability to enable a safer, more efficient and environmentally friendly aviation industry resulting in significant COemission reductions.  Numerous Air Navigation Service Providers have already signed on to receive Aireon’s space-based ADS-B data, including NAV CANADA, Naviair, Enav, the Irish Aviation Authority, UK NATs and more. 

    Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities

    Are you both a Linux guru and a coder? 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.  Our engineering environment even includes a single box with 144 HT cores and 3TB of ECC RAM all in 3U (yes, the memory check on boot takes quite a while!) 




    • 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
    • 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
    • Maintain tool license servers including FLEXlm
    • Proactively suggest upgrades
    • Prevent end-users from running sudo rm -rf --no-preserve-root /



    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 with VMware or KVM
    • Experience with AWS or Azure
    • Experience keeping up to date on CVEs and applying patches when critical events occur
    • Experience with CI using Jenkins or Bamboo
    • RHEL/CentOS 6/7 Experience
    • Experience building up racks
    • Network knowledge, including multicast and IGMP
    • 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
    • Software design and development experience in Java, C, C++
    • Experience building Anaconda kickstart files for external media or network (PXE) booting
    • Experience with Dell iDRAC, OpenManage, and HP ILO
    • 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
    • CCNA
    • Aviation surveillance experience
    • Familiarity with DO-278A/ED-109A

    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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