Spacecraft Operations Technician / Principal Spacecraft Operations Technician (TS/SCI & Polygraph) - Schriever Space Force Base Colorado Springs, CO

Requisition ID: R10117434

  • Category : Technical Support

  • Location : Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States of America | Schriever AFB, Colorado, United States of America + 1 more

  • Citizenship required : United States Citizenship

  • Clearance Type : Polygraph

  • Telecommute : No- Teleworking not available for this position

  • Shift : 1st Shift (United States of America)

  • Travel Required : Yes, 10% of the Time

  • Relocation Assistance : Relocation assistance may be available

At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work - and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

Embark on a career putting innovative, reliable, and agile products and ideas into orbit, and beyond. Northrop Grumman has opportunities waiting for you that play a vital role in human space exploration, national defense, and scientific discovery, supporting multiple programs across the universe. With us, you'll discover a culture of curiosity and collaboration that will have you Defining Possible from the day you start. Our space work connects and protects millions of people on earth every day, now and for the future. Explore your future and launch your career today.

The Payload and Ground Systems organization within the Northrop Grumman Space Systems pushes the boundaries of innovation, redefines engineering capabilities, and drives advances in various sciences. Our team is chartered with providing the skills, innovative technologies to develop, design, produce and sustain optimized product lines across the sector while providing a decisive advantage to the warfighter. Come be a part of our mission.

Northrop Grumman Space Systems is seeking an experienced Spacecraft Ops Technician to join our team of qualified, diverse individuals. This position will be located on-site in a government customer facility at Schriever SFB, CO. Remote work is not available. All work must be completed on-site. This position will support the NRO Operations Squadron (NOPS) Operations and Launch Support (NOALS) program as a Spacecraft Ops Technician integrating new and existing satellite customers into various ground systems.


  • Test and perform and on-console activities involving satellite operations during launch and early orbit support or long-term operations.

  • Plan, set up and configure ground communication support, develop validate and execute pass plan, monitor and review telemetry, advises leads and/or management of failures and degradation, and advise leads or management of predefined recovery procedures.

  • Establish voice, messaging, and data communications for multiple- satellite programs of varying priorities and classifications.

  • Configurations and monitoring of displays for computer and network equipment during normal mission operations.

  • Troubleshoot end-to-end communication issues.

  • Multi-program coordination and scheduling using COTS software tools.

  • Determination of any anomalous conditions and providing corrective actions as required.

  • Generation of downtime reports and other associated documentation for operational outages.

  • Support to various operations status, engineering review and problem boards.

  • Identification of areas of concern, issues, inefficiencies, and other non-value added activities, as well as proven recommended solutions.


These positions can be filled at a level 2 or 3, based on the basic qualifications below.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Active TS/SCI with Polygraph is required to start.

  • Level 2: High School diploma or equivalent and 2 years of experience; associate's degree and 1 year of experience; or additional education and/or related experience in direct flight operations, ground control operations, or ground processing operations.

  • Level 3: High School diploma or equivalent and 4 years; associate's degree and 2 years of experience; or additional education and/or related experience in direct flight operations, ground control operations, or ground processing operations.

  • Experience conducting satellite operations with the Satellite Control Network in a real-time operations environment.

  • Experience monitoring the activities of satellites.

  • Familiarity with satellite ground systems, including hardware, software, and communications architecture.

  • Strong troubleshooting and problem solving skills, demonstrated by frequent and successful application of technical standards, theories, concepts and techniques.

  • Familiar with UNIX and Windows-based computer systems.

  • Willingness and ability to work multiple shifts, including nights, weekends, and holidays, as well as overtime.

  • Ability to create and follow standard processes and clearly document results.

  • Able to distinguish the difference between colors on a computer monitor. (specifically red, blue, and green).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven teamwork and interpersonal skills.

  • Ability to interface effectively with users, customers, management and engineering personnel.

  • Good verbal and written communication skills.

  • Be comfortable using intercom systems, in addition to phone systems, as a frequent medium for communications.

Salary Range: $51,400 - $85,600

Salary Range 2: $61,100 - $101,800

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.

The health and safety of our employees and their families is a top priority . The company encourages employees to remain up-to-date on their COVID-19 vaccinations. U.S. Northrop Grumman employees may be required, in the future, to be vaccinated or have an approved disability/medical or religious accommodation, pursuant to future court decisions and/or government action on the currently stayed federal contractor vaccine mandate under Executive Order 14042 .

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit . U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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