Iridium Satellite

Engineer I, Orbit Program 2023

Job Locations US-VA-Leesburg | US-AZ-Tempe | US-AZ-Chandler
Job ID 2022-2448
Category
Engineering
Worker Category
Regular Full-Time[F]

Company Overview

Iridium is an award-winning and innovative satellite communications company with bragging rights to the only network that offers voice and data connectivity anywhere in the world. For over 20 years, Iridium’s unique network and services have supported critical communications needs for individuals, businesses, and the evolving Internet of Things.

 

At Iridium, we understand the importance of staying connected and the limitations of traditional communications networks. People across the globe, including first responders, humanitarians, global militaries, scientific researchers, and lone workers, as well as ships, aircraft and remote operations all rely on Iridium to stay connected. We take our responsibility for providing these essential communications very seriously and pride ourselves on offering a reliable lifeline when needed. Likewise, Iridium is committed to providing an exciting and innovative workplace, where employees are challenged to think outside the box and collaborate on new, bold ideas and solutions. Our talented teams are passionate about their work and the impact our company makes around the world. Iridium fosters an empowering and inclusive culture that allows employees to genuinely be their best selves. We are looking for others who want to join this truly unique company that celebrates our employees and provides the opportunity to truly make a difference in the world.

Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities

What We’re Looking For:

If you are enthusiastic about working in the space industry, then you will be excited about this unique opportunity to experience multiple facets of the satellite communications industry. The Iridium Orbit Program is designed for those who want to experience a breadth of engineering and operations environments before committing to a specific career path at Iridium. As a member of this 18-month program you will spend time across 2 different states with 3 different teams from within satellite operations, space engineering, product engineering, integration and test, gateway operations and customer care. At the end of the 18 months, you will have a chance to decide which engineering environment works best for you!

 

Read more here: https://www.iridium.com/careers/orbital-program/ 

 

What You’ll Do:

For 6 months at a time, you will be integrated into one of the teams described below, learning the functions of team while gaining diverse real-world experience. At the end of the program, taking into consideration the needs of the teams, you will be matched appropriately with the team that best suit your educational background, skill-set, and interest!

 

Satellite Operations

This Satellite Operations team performs the real time operation, monitoring, and command and control of the Iridium satellite constellation and ground system, including execution of planned activities and recovering from anomalies, as well as performing orbit determination, mission planning and collision avoidance functions.

 

Space Engineering

The Iridium satellites are complex systems composed of subsystems such as Power, Attitude Control, Thermal, and Communications, to name a few. The Space Engineering team consists of subsystem experts who respond to satellite issues, as well as develop software features that improve performance, safety, and maintainability of the satellites.

 

Product Engineering

Iridium designs and develops the transceivers that enable users to connect to the Iridium satellite constellation. The Product Engineering team is responsible for the overall life-cycle of the Iridium transceivers from requirements, design, test, production, and sustainment. The team builds and maintains development, test and production systems, software tools, developer kits, and documentation. 

 

Customer Care

The Customer Care team provides real time technical support and customer service engineering for all Iridium service partners, value-added manufactures, and value-added retailers. The team participates in alpha and beta trials as well as testing of enhancements to Iridium products and services.

 

Gateway Operations

The Gateway hosts the critical infrastructure which maintains all the Iridium services. The team monitors the health of Gateway systems and services in a 24x7x365 environment to respond to any anomalies. Additionally, they execute system and network preventative maintenance procedures, and implement system upgrades, updates, and configuration changes to minimize service disruption.

 

Integration and Test

The Iridium space and ground systems are constantly evolving. The Integration and Test team ensures all system changes are vetted before operational deployment, by testing software and/or hardware changes in a lab environment. The team interacts with high fidelity simulators as well hardware in the loop testing using satellite engineering models.

Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

  • Bachelor’s degree in any Engineering discipline, with a preference for Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Aerospace Engineering
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to communicate key messages and ideas clearly and effectively
  • Can cultivate meaningful relationships with your manager and members of your team, while being open and responsive to constructive feedback as they guide and mentor you
  • The ability to think outside the box to help solve problems, with the humility to ask for help when needed
  • Adaptability to a dynamic environment and ready to take on any new tasks that may be handed to you
  • A motivation to achieve outcomes and results
  • Capable of handling multiple tasks at once and completing them on time with mostly no errors
  • An eagerness to develop professionally, continuously learn, and share knowledge with others
  • Ability to live in Washington, D.C metro and Phoenix metro (all candidates will spend 6 months in one location and 12 months in the other location)

Things That Would be Great if You Brought to the Table:

  • 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

We’ll also need you to:

  • Have US Citizenship

 

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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