Orbital ATK Careers

Satellite Operator

Dulles, VA
New Grad

Job Description

Job ID: ETF20182504-45313

With projected annual revenues of $4.5 billion, approximately 12,500 employees, and operations in about 20 states, Orbital ATK is a company on the move. Our mission is to ensure that our customers accomplish their mission ? whether it?s a technological breakthrough, a satellite launch, or protecting our nation. The company is the world?s leading supplier of solid rocket motors, a leading provider of launch vehicles, satellites and other space systems, and the nation?s largest manufacturer of ammunition. United in pride and shared goals, Orbital ATK employees come from diverse backgrounds and work together to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable solutions. Work with the best and unleash your potential. If you are a dynamic, successful, driven professional, Orbital ATK is the company that will further your experience and career growth. We offer a highly competitive salary, comprehensive benefits including, medical, dental, 401k, tuition reimbursement, and much more.

Job Summary

Under moderate supervision, perform testing and on-console activities involving satellite operations during launch and early orbit support or long-term operations. Advises leads or management of satellite or ground systems failures or degradation and predefined recovery procedures.

This position supports the Mission Extension Vehicle (MEV) program.  Primary duties include working under the direction of the MEV Ground Segment Lead to support readiness activities in preparation for MEV launch.  

Job Responsibilities

  1. Set up and configure ground communication support, validate and execute pass plan, monitor and review telemetry. Inform leads and/or management of out of limit conditions and failures. Advise leads or management of predefined recovery procedures.
  2. Provide input for mission planning/scheduling.
  3. Run post pass analysis, archival and data processing routines.
  4. Provide inputs to operations logs.


Pre-launch this position will support a 9/80 work schedule (activity permitting).  After launch, this position will support real-time spacecraft operations, requiring work on nights, weekends, and holidays.

Education and Experience

Generally requires HS

Requires a combination of 2 years of education and relevant experience in space operations.  Education can be through the military, from a relevant technical school, or as part of BS program in engineering, physics, or computer science.

Other Requirements

Must possess excellent written and oral communication skills. Working knowledge of computer technology, communications theory, and networking. and satellite operations. Knowledge of multiple operating systems (e.g. UNIX, Windows, LINUX) desired.

Orbital ATK is applying entrepreneurial thinking and commercial practices to deliver reliable, innovative and affordable products and services to our customers and grow our core areas while harnessing new technologies that will take our products ? and your ideas ? into the future. When encouraged to think beyond the ordinary, you?ll be amazed at what you can do!We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

Job Type: Full Time
Desired Travel: less than 25%
Years of Experience: 0-1 Year
Education: High School/GED
Expertise: Engineering
Group: Space