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Sr. Aerospace Engineer – Astrodynamics (TS/SCI Clearance)

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Job ID SAS20222803-79508
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On the L3Harris team, your job is to secure the world. We don’t work here just for the advanced technology and equipment: We work here because we know what – and who – we’re protecting. From families to the intelligence community, and from our climate to our men and women in uniform – we’re making the world a safer place. Working with the L3Harris's engineering team, you'll join our team of qualified, diverse individuals and work in a fast-paced environment with high expectations, global scope, and a collaborative team setting.

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L3Harris is dedicated to recruiting and developing diverse, high-performing talent who are passionate about what they do. Our employees are unified in a shared dedication to our customers’ mission and quest for professional growth. L3Harris provides an inclusive, engaging environment designed to empower employees and promote work-life success. Fundamental to our culture is an unwavering focus on values, dedication to our communities, and commitment to excellence in everything we do.

L3Harris Technologies is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator, delivering end-to-end solutions that meet customers’ mission-critical needs. The company provides advanced defense and commercial technologies across space, air, land, sea and cyber domains. L3Harris has approximately $18 billion in annual revenue and 47,000 employees, with customers in more than 100 countries.


Job Title: Sr. Aerospace Engineer – Astrodynamics

Job Code: SAS20222803-79508

Job Location: Albuquerque, NM

Job Description:

L3Harris currently has an opening for an Aerospace Engineer in Albuquerque, NM. The Aerospace Engineer will be a member of a distributed team of mission planners supporting live, on-orbit spacecraft operations.

The Aerospace Engineer will primarily perform activities related to the planning of spacecraft maneuvers, spacecraft safety analysis, attitude & orbit development, and orbit determination. The use of various analytical tools, such as STK, MATLAB, and mission-specific software, will be required to perform the necessary predictions and planning. Support in non-astrodynamics areas of mission planning will be needed based on the needs at various times throughout the mission life.

In this position, the Aerospace Engineer will frequently interact with customers and team partners for the requirements, development, and presentation of mission analyses.

Essential Functions:

  • Responsible for quantitative & decision analysis, orbit determination, attitude modelling, and maneuver planning
  • Support mission planning through astrodynamics simulation and analysis via provided tools
  • Interact with software development teams to implement and validate capabilities to enhance provided tools
  • Interact with customers, mission partners, and various subject matter experts to collect necessary info to perform analyses, and to present results
  • Will act as a technical lead for limited aspects of a project
  • Support anomaly planning
  • Performs additional duties and responsibilities as assigned
  • Role is performed primarily during standard business hours but may require surge support on occasion during non-business hours. Occasional travel may be required for short duration trips.


  • Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering or related technical discipline and 6+ years of relevant experience, OR, Masters degree in Aerospace Engineering or related technical discipline and 4+ years of relevant experience, OR, equivalent combination of education, technical certifications or training, or work/military experience
  • Active TS/SCI security clearance
  • 6+ years of experience with satellite operations
  • 6+ years of experience with orbital mechanics and flight dynamics, with experience in attitude & maneuver modelling
  • Knowledge of STK, GMAT, or similar astrodynamics tools
  • Experience with MATLAB, and using tools designed within that environment

Preferred Additional Skills:

  • Direct experience in an operational, space-based mission environment
  • Experience with rendezvous & proximity operation planning
  • Experience or demonstrated understanding of spacecraft from a multi-system view
  • Strong oral and written communication skills for direct communication with the customer and mission partners, and procedure generation
  • Ability to understand and use complex software applications
  • Capable of resolving intricate, real-time prioritization and planning situations

Please be aware many of our positions require the ability to obtain a security clearance. Security clearances may only be granted to U.S. citizens. In addition, applicants who accept a conditional offer of employment may be subject to government security investigation(s) and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

By submitting your résumé for this position, you understand and agree that L3Harris Technologies may share your résumé, as well as any other related personal information or documentation you provide, with its subsidiaries and affiliated companies for the purpose of considering you for other available positions.

L3Harris Technologies is proud to be an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. L3Harris is committed to treating all employees and applicants for employment with respect and dignity and maintaining a workplace that is free from unlawful discrimination. All applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or other related medical conditions), gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, genetic information, citizenship status, characteristic or membership in any other group protected by federal, state or local laws. L3Harris maintains a drug-free workplace and performs pre-employment substance abuse testing and background checks, where permitted by law.

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