Iridium Satellite

System Engineer

Job Locations US-VA-McLean
Job ID 2022-2276
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.


We are committed to offering an employment experience and benefits package that enables you and your family to grow with us and to share in our success.

Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities

The Systems Engineer will have a significant role in the analysis, testing, and the verification of the performance of the Aireon space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) air traffic surveillance system.  Reporting to the Modeling and Analysis Senior Manager, the Systems Engineer will be involved with all phases of the systems engineering life cycle: Requirements, Design, Implementation and Test.  Additionally, they will be conducting activities such as tests at customer and vendor sites, participating in trade studies, evaluating applications, supporting the operational environment, and analyzing data.  The Systems Engineer will be encouraged to innovate and ensure that key technical milestones are met.  


This individual will also collaborate in the technical and development activities of Aireon development partners, including Iridium and L3Harris.  The System Engineer will also engage with engineers from other ANSPs such as NAV CANADA, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and ANSPs overseas in the development, implementation and validation of the Aireon system. A key objective is to ensure the system meets the customer requirements and performance levels.

What You’ll Do

  • Contribute to development of the requirements, design, implementation, test and validation of the Aireon system and subsystems
  • Author and update system level documents to include Level 1 System Requirements, System CONOPS, System and Sub-System Interface Control Documents (ICDs).
  • Maintain a document tree and catalog repository for System level documents.
  • Lead and conduct Technical Interchange Meeting (TIM) with Aireon staff, vendors and partners on open topics, new programs, etc.
  • Provide technical oversight to vendor deliverables through meetings, document reviews and witness of test events.
  • Interface with Aireon Test Engineers and provide input for upcoming test campaigns as referenced through a VRTM to ensure test cases provide sufficient coverage for new and updated requirements.
  • Perform trade studies on new or replacement technologies to the existing architecture deployed by Aireon on its operational system.
  • Interaction with Aireon partners and customers such as the FAA and NAV CANADA on the technical and operational aspects of the Aireon system

Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering or Computer Science.
  • 2+ years of Systems Engineering experience on aerospace programs
  • 2+ years with Requirements Management tools
  • Ability to work in as part of a team both internally and externally
  • Ability to produce and present technical white papers and presentations
  • Demonstrated ability to work with teams to achieve desired results
  • Ability to function in a start-up, fast-paced entrepreneurial environment
  • Proactive communicator with strong written and verbal skills
  • Excellent problem-solving skills involving complex and ambiguous issues.
  • Basic experience and understanding of Linux Operating Systems.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with Atlassian tools such as JIRA and Confluence
  • Understanding or background with aircraft surveillance technologies such as ADS-B and/or Mode S is desirable.
  • US Citizen, or Permanent Resident (Green Card), capable of receiving a FAA SF85P public trust

About You

You are a self-starter. Sitting and waiting isn’t an option. You take the initiative to make things happen.

You are comfortable in multi-tasking.  Managing and juggling priorities across tasks seems to come naturally in your everyday workload.  You have a sense on how to balance priorities and communicate clearly when overloaded for assistance/help.

You love solving problems. You enjoy digging into problems and finding the most efficient ways to solve them.  You have a passion for understanding issues and tackling them in a logical fashion.

You are collaborative. You're a team player who puts the interest of the team above your own. You display a positive attitude, are open and enjoy contributing.

You are a natural leader. No matter where you find yourself, others tend to gather around you, leading to encouragement and mentoring.

Technology is your passion. It doesn’t just provide a paycheck, you are genuinely interested in what you do and the impact that it has on others.

1-3-6-12 Month Plan

In the first month we’ll expect you to…

  • Get onboarded and train with your manager
  • HR Onboarding
  • Aireon Systems Engineering classes
  • Get acclimated into the role and shadow Aireon Systems Engineering staff
  • Gain familiarity with Aireon Engineering repositories in Confluence, Jira, Sharepoint

At 3 months we’ll expect you to…

  • Understand Aireon’s operational system architecture
  • Take on assigned system engineering tasks and update existing documentation/presentation to reflect the as-deployed system architecture

At 6 months we’ll expect you to…

  • Lead discussions with Aireon Engineering and Vendor SMEs on planned system level updates.
  • Derive new system and sub-system requirements as required for planned updates.
  • Communicate via presentations or whitepapers on any planned requirements or design updates
  • Take on new tasking with minimal management oversight

At 12 months we’ll expect you to…

  • Lead trade study analysis as required within the Systems Engineering group
  • Take on a SME role with cross functional teams in providing System Engineering inputs
  • Ensure that any new architecture update will continue to meet or exceed existing requirements
  • Represent Aireon with vendor/partner organizations on System level design reviews

About the Team

The Aireon System Engineering team is a small team that collaborates closely across both Systems, Modeling and Analysis tasks.  The team also works closely with other teams and groups within Aireon to include Implementation and Test Engineering, Network Engineering and Sales/Marketing and Operational groups.  Each member of the Systems Engineering team draws upon the strengths and skills across the group in both their individual as well as larger projects.  Information sharing is encouraged as well as updating and maintaining shared document repositories in Sharepoint and Confluence.  The team currently meets on both weekly and bi-weekly basis via MS Teams and video calls, with in office or lab sessions scheduled as required.  All the team members are currently locally located within the DC-MD-VA metro area and are available for on-site meetings activities associated with the Aireon Systems Engineering group.

Perks and Benefits

  • Premium medical, dental and vision plan
  • Life Insurance and AD&D
  • Short Term and Long Term Disability
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Retirement 401K plan with Employer Matching
  • Education Assistance and Tuition Reimbursement
  • Vacation, Sick Leave, Floating Holidays
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Company Sponsored Events
  • Employee Referral Program


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.


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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