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Systems Contamination Engineer
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.
Based upon Spacecraft and Payload sensitivities and mission parameters, develops contamination requirements and formulates an overall contamination control program, defining a cost-effective and acceptable risk plan to meet the needs of the program. This may include the development new approaches as required to meet the needs of the project. The Contamination Engineer is responsible for ensuring that the plan and implementation are compatible with the hardware, cost and schedule.
Defines, Plans and supports the performance of contamination transport modeling to address the impacts of thermal vacuum testing, launch contamination redistribution and the redistribution of contamination on orbit, in order to assure that the program requirements for operational performance and lifetime are met.
May be required to evaluate in-flight data to verify the contaminant behavior predictions based upon laboratory testing or modeling.
Supports design and modification of hardware designs to mitigate contamination effects through all stages of the program.
In order to minimize the risk and costs to the programs the contamination Engineer will support Assembly, Integration and Testing activities to control the cleanliness of the hardware and facilities including reviewing processes, facility controls, facility status, work planning, implementation of cleaning processes and protection from contamination.
Evaluate activities and environmental conditions in the areas surrounding facilities to address risks to hardware and activities within the facilities.
Develops monitoring and measurement plans for determining the buildup of contamination on surfaces from assembly through Integration and testing, up through launch.
Develops launch site and prelaunch contamination plans and requirements and works during prelaunch activities to ensure program requirements are met.
Develops processes, procedures and test plans for flight qualification testing and vacuum outgassing measurements.
Provides input into materials and thermal control surface selection to assure that space environmental effects do not degrade the system performance due to interactions with the contaminants.
Assesses on-orbit performance and degradation of performance on orbit potentially due to contamination as applicable.
Supports Customers and hardware providers as necessary to assure that the total system meets its requirements in an efficient manner.
Works with systems engineers to define meaningful and reasonable requirements for components, subsystems, and integrated systems with respect to contamination.
Works with technicians and trains technicians to carry out gross and precision cleaning of flight and non-flight hardware to address the contamination requirements for programs.
Works with program managers, AIT managers, other engineering disciplines and other staff to assure that the personnel understand the contamination control plan, contamination control practices and their implementation and the impacts of failing to control contamination.
Prepares and presents reports to management
Suggested Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities, (these should not be exclusive)
BS + 2 years or a MS in Chemical Engineering preferred
Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace or Chemical Engineering, Physics, Chemistry or Materials Science. (This should include at least two semesters of Organic Chemistry and Two semesters of Physics).
Willingness to gain additional knowledge, skills and abilities to address the diverse interactions in Aerospace Contamination Control
Willingness to mentor others
The ability and willingness to carry out hands on activities related to facilities and flight hardware such as cleaning, sampling, and inspection for contamination.
The ability to effectively communicate and interrelate with personnel from upper management to contracted cleaning personnel, as well as with customers.
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