Iridium Satellite

  • Satellite Operations and Development Engineer

    Job Locations US-VA-Leesburg
    Job ID 2018-1201
    Worker Category
    F - Regular Full-Time
  • Company Overview

    Iridium is the only truly global voice and data satellite communications network that connects people, organizations, assets, government and relief agencies with “on-the-move” availability.  Together with its ecosystem of partners, Iridium delivers essential, reliable communications with an easy-to-integrate platform and service for improved efficiency.  With more than 20 years of experience, Iridium will soon be launching the next-generation of connectivity, Iridium CertusSM - the most versatile global broadband service with improved speeds to satisfy the critical need to send and receive communications when traveling by land, sea or air.  For more information about Iridium products, services and partner solutions, visit

    Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities



    This position provides critical ground and satellite operations development and support for the Mission Real-Time operations team. The development function ranges from small script and software tool development and maintenance, to large scale software development projects. The development function requires ability to lead efforts for requirements gathering, schedule development, and coordinating development with junior Satellite Operations and Development Engineers. The support function includes development of processes, procedures, and software tools for Iridium Operations ground, satellite, and Hosted Payload operations.  The support function also includes anomaly and issue resolution, troubleshooting, and identifying root cause and determining corrective actions for software tools for Iridium Operations ground, satellite, and Hosted Payload operations.  Candidate will work normal business hours and provide 24x7 on-call support.


    Duties and Responsibilities


    • Provide systems engineering support to maintain and develop new processes, procedures, and software tools focused on continuous process improvement and more efficient operations
    • Develop and maintain operational tools and software in order to provide streamlined automated and mechanized satellite ground operations
    • Develop and maintain operational software tools including writing and delivering fixes for critical features and defects and develop new software applications as requested to support hybrid operations and NEXT satellite operations.
    • Perform systems engineering & real-time analysis. Track, trend and analyze potential problems & anomalous conditions that may affect the ground system, HW, SW, operational LANs, and satellites
    • Provide on call support, real-time investigation and troubleshooting for all real-time operations anomalies related to the Ground operations and real-time software applications.
    • Support the Hosted Payload Operations Center (HPOC) by identifying new tools, processes, or software required to automate the monitoring, fault detection, and response for our hosted payload customers.
    • Coordinate with junior Satellite Operations and Development Engineers, and software and hardware engineers from other teams for software installation, upgrades, and troubleshooting.
    • Mentor junior Engineers in software development best practices

    Job Requirements


    All applicants must complete Iridium Satellite Flight Operations Specialist (FOS) familiarization.  The certification process is a 2 - 3 month, average, combination of in-house classroom training and On-the-Job (OJT) apprenticeship culminating in formal job task demonstration and examination.  The applicant must be proficient in a UNIX/LINUX operating system, general programming capabilities, as well as standard PC usage and applications. 


    Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

    Minimum of a BS in Aerospace, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science or related technical discipline or a combination of technical experience in the area of satellite operations and development. Ideal candidates will have work experience of 10+ years in satellite operations and development environment. Candidates must have a strong background in troubleshooting and problem solving, and working under tight time constraints. Candidates should also be efficient in several programming languages and have experience developing software tools and applications for a real-time operations environment. Candidates should be highly motivated as they will be working in a dynamic and evolving operational environment which at times requires rapid response from the support and development functions. Candidates must be able to work independently with little to no supervision, as well as be able to mentor junior personnel in industry best practices related to the position.


    Iridium 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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