We are looking to further enhance our team by adding a
Ground Stations Maintenance Engineer
You will be based initially for 2 years at our client’s headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Extension of a further 2 years may be possible. In this large European Agency you will find an excellent and modern working environment with challenging tasks and responsibilities.
The Ground Stations play a key role in Space and Ground Segment operations, the key person will therefore be expected to acquire and maintain a System-wide view of the Ground Segment, particularly in the areas of spacecraft TT&C and payload data transfer.
The key person shall divide his time and expertise, according to the workload, between the various programs to support the long term evolution and maintenance of the Client’s Ground Stations.
The tasks of the Contractor via its key person will typically include:
Investigation and rectification of anomalies reported by the operations/maintenance team;
Interface with the maintenance services providers at technical level;
Reporting on the performance of the Ground Stations and associated systems together with a status report of any on-going activities;
Provision of Ground Stations support to operations during critical mission phases, pre and post launch (i.e. SVT, LEOP, IOT and contingency);
Maintenance of operational Ground Stations procedures, databases and documentation in accordance with the configuration management and quality assurance practices;
Planning and scheduling the implementation, testing and validation phases of any modifications/improvements;
Providing technical consultancy for the management of ongoing Ground Stations contracts including changes
Provide consultancy to new programs in the areas of definition, development and integration of Ground Stations;
Provision of consultancy to the analysis of obsolescence and evolution changes to the ground stations.
In performing these tasks, the Contractor via its key person shall apply the Client’s configuration and change control procedures as well as the relevant system engineering standards and quality management procedures.
In addition to having a University degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, the key person shall have a minimum of 5 years experience in the 24/7 Operations and Maintenance of Large Ground Stations and/or Ground Stations Engineering/Integration used for GEO and/or LEO missions.
The key person shall have experience in the following area:
Ground Station design, integration and testing, particularly in the areas of Antenna, RF, Base Band and Tracking subsystems, including the generation of Requirement definition and ICD specifications;
Implementation of relevant ECSS standards and CCSDS recommendations concerning Space Link Services and Space Link Extension (SLE) protocols;
Operation and configuration of various types of Baseband equipment including integrated TT&C and ranging systems (i.e. Cortex type) and High Data Rate Modulators and Demodulators;
Maintenance and Operation of large Ground Stations particularly in Local and Remote M&C (including databases and automated procedures), redundancy management, Site Infrastructure and liaison with Service providers;
Analogue and digital modulation/demodulation schemes used on the Ground to Space interface for TT&C, Mission data transmission and Data Collection Systems.
Execution of Spacecraft interface verification testing, prior to launch in support of the SVT, and post launch in the form of RF IOT as part of Spacecraft Commissioning.
In addition, the knowledge and experience of some of the following subjects would be considered as a distinct advantage:
Commercial satellite and micro wave data links;
Basic knowledge of WAN, LAN and TCP/IP protocol;
In Orbit Test (I.O.T.) systems deployment;
The key person should be used to working proactively, being able to work without supervision. The variety of the tasks and the scope of the systems to be supported require a high degree of autonomy and good analytical skills. The ability to conduct all activities in an orderly and disciplined manner, and working calmly and correctly under stress, is essential.
The key person shall have good communications skills, to allow the effective communication of information under a variety of circumstances with the operational team.
The official languages are English and French. The working language for the position is English and therefore the key person must be able to work effectively in this language.
LOCATION: Darmstadt, Germany
CLOSING DATE: 7th March 2017
MOLTEK has been serving the space and aerospace industries since 1995, providing international consultancy services for a wide variety of clients from private and public corporations to national and international authorities and agencies.