Flight Controller
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Title: Flight Controller - Entry Level

Location: Johnson Space Center – Houston, TX

Clearance: NASA

Citizenship requirement: US

Salary: Competitive -TBD

Req #: 1213

Job Duties & Responsibilities

QUALIFICATIONS:
Bachelor's Degree in Physics, Math or Engineering. Candidates must demonstrate the ability to progress through flight controller and instructor certifications which require excellent leadership and teamwork. Strong interpersonal skills including excellent verbal and written communication abilities are required for this position. Candidates must be able to apply technical knowledge and operations concepts to exercise effective decision making and initiative in a real-time and fast-paced operational environment. International Space Station operations are 24/7, and although most work will occur during a standard work day (8 am to 4:30 pm) the candidate should also be able to work odd shifts, weekends and holidays on a weekly rotation. Candidates are also required to pass a standard flight controller physical examination, pass security clearances and be able to travel.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
An individual in this position will work from a flight control console located in the Mission Control Center (MCC) Houston for the onboard systems of the International Space Station (ISS). A Flight Controller will specialize in one of the following areas:

  • CRONUS – Communications RF Onboard Networks Utilization Specialist (Data and Communication Systems)
  • ADCO – Attitude Determination and Control Officer (Motion Control Systems)
  • SPARTAN – Station Power, Articulation, and Thermal Control (Electrical Power Systems)
  • ETHOS – Environmental and Thermal Operating Systems (Environmental Control Systems)
Flight Controllers will be responsible for training astronauts, cosmonauts, and peers on those systems. Personnel will be expected to complete NASA led flight controller and instructor certifications for this area of expertise. Initial training and duties will be as an entry level flight controller or Operator often working evening, night and weekend shifts during non-complex operations. After a period of time (usually 1 to 2 years) as an Operator, the employee will be trained as a Specialist and/or as an Instructor. As a Specialist the individual will work primarily day shifts, complex operations, and on-call during Operator shifts. As an Instructor the individual will support shifts as needed, develop training materials, and instruct astronauts and flight controllers. It is anticipated that personnel will eventually achieve all 3 certifications (Operator, Specialist and Instructor). Specific Operator and Specialist duties include maintaining a safe environment for astronauts onboard ISS; monitoring of real-time status and performance of the ISS systems; controlling ISS system operations from mission control; reporting status and anomalies to mission managers; determining mission impacts and implementing corrective actions from malfunctions; test and verification of operational products and analysis; integrating requirements with other systems and organizations. Specific Instructor duties include the development of lesson plans and instruction materials; conduct of lessons in classrooms, in trainers and simulators; conduct of onboard training sessions; conduct of crew and flight controller evaluations; writing training facility requirements. Individuals in this position interface directly with the NASA customer, subcontractors and international partners and are expected to have an awareness of the company's competitive position and the impact of failing to meet schedule or quality requirements. This is an entry-level position. Preferred position related experience 0-2 years.

REQUIREMENTS:
This position requires successful completion of a government background check before commencement of employment. If you are not a United States Citizen, this check could take up to 12 months to be completed.

***All candidates selected will be subject to a security background investigation and must meet all eligibility requirements for access to classified information. ***

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