Iridium Satellite

  • Ground Systems Engineer

    Job Locations US-AZ-Chandler
    Job ID 2020-1629
    Worker Category
    Regular Full-Time[F]
  • 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 delivers the next-generation of connectivity, Iridium CertusSM - the most versatile global broadband service that satisifies 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

    The position provides critical real-time technical support and troubleshooting for Iridium’s Technical Verification Center, operations and monitoring of the Iridium ground systems, including the software systems inside the Iridium TelePort Network and the Backup Operations Center (BOC). The TPN consists of 32 tracking antennas positioned all over the globe to support Telemetry, Tracking & Control (TT&C), and a vast network of switches, routers, and tunnels connecting all the ground stations, operations centers, and satellites. Short term international travel may be necessary to support the Teleports.


    Duties and Responsibilities

    • Researches, analyzes, and compiles technical data for company products and system-level concepts in the projected operational environments to optimize effectiveness over the program lifecycle.
    • Applies systems engineering processes, methodologies and tools to the design of system of systems, systems and new product development.
    • Supports the development of architectures, functional requirements, refinements and product designs.
    • Assists in the integration of technical, cost, value, risks and specialty engineering considerations into definition of the product.
    • Interfaces with other members of the project or program teams, management, sales and marketing staff, customers and suppliers to meet group, organization and company objectives.
    • Performs technical planning and control; maintains and improves processes and software tools.
    • Supports remote site troubleshooting and assists the site technicians with executing established procedures
    • Executes teleport network maintenance activities in support of operations
    • Perform teleport network subsystem trending and analysis and report findings to team Teleport Network Operations Team Lead

    Job Requirements

    • Understanding of Python and or PERL scripting, and the ability to create/write automated scripts to perform routine sub-functions
    • Proficiency in the LINUX operating system is a plus, as well as standard PC usage and applications.
    • Familiarity with software development and programming skills is desirable.
    • Familiarity with Network and System securities and configurations.
    • Good mechanical skills, comfortable working with both power and hand tools
    • Familiar and able to operate complex Radio Frequency test equipment such as PXA Network Analyzers, Spectrum Analyzers and Power meters (Analog and Digital)
    • Proficiency in RF applications, schematic reading and troubleshooting.
    • Must be able work comfortably at heights greater than 4 feet.
    • Must be able to lift 55 lbs unassisted.
    • Must be able to travel international for extended periods of time.
    • Must be able to communicate and transfer information clearly.
    • Highly motivated to learn Iridium’s very complex ground system.


    Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

    • Minimum of a BS in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or other IT degree field, or the equivalent work experience in a network operations or spacecraft operations environment.
    • 2+ years of related engineering experience
    • Ideal candidates will have the ability to develop troubleshooting and problem solving skills; and work under tight time constraints.


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