Aerospace Engineer III

Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Systems

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$48.93-67.28 /h
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Louisville, CO

Job Description

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Job Overview:

Come be a part of an amazing team working on flight dynamics, modeling, and simulator development for the Dream Chaser Spacecraft at Sierra Space!

In this role, you will be directly responsible for developing models and working with a team that will send missions to the International Space Station and beyond. The products you develop and integrate will not only go to space, they will help shape the future of Spaceflight. We are truly One Team, with One Dream. Come make history with us.

This position supports Dream Chaser Flight Dynamics Modeling and Simulation development through the following:

• Design and Implement complex and mission critical Simulation Software.
• Develop and execute comprehensive tests at the Unit, Integrated, and
Functional level to ensure compliance to requirements and adherence to
• Integrate various software units, components and data products to ensure
a robust software system.
• Develop Software Documentation including but not limited to: Software
Requirements Specification, Software Design Descriptions, Software User
Guides, Software Test Plans and Software Test Descriptions.
• Coordinate and collaborate across multi-discipline/multi-organizational
teams to understand key aspects of various subsystems, safety
requirements and operational requirements.
• Work products through Agile Scrum teams ensuring accountability and that
commitments are met.

Sierra Space, based in Louisville, Colorado with operations in Madison, Wisconsin and Durham, North Carolina, designs and manufactures advanced spacecraft, satellites, propulsion and environmental systems, spacecraft subsystems and components for the U.S. government (including NASA), commercial customers and international organizations. Learn more about Sierra Space


  • Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering, Software Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, or related discipline

  • Experience with: C++, MATLAB, or Python

  • Experience writing test cases and test scripts

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to recognize and actively improve inefficiencies in software development


  • Experience with: Linux

  • Previous experience with large Space Design Programs or Space Flight Operations.

  • Agile development methods and scrum experience

  • Experience with software development standards

  • Experience with Simulation modeling development and verification

  • Experience with spacecraft/aircraft flight modeling design, development, and test


To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant must be a U.S. Citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.

With 30+ years of proven spaceflight heritage, Sierra Space has provided more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participated in more than 500 missions to space, including to Mars. The company has technology in production and in development to enable space habitats for short- and long-duration space travel, a fleet of Dream Chaser spaceplanes, and the first free-flying commercial space station. Please visit to learn more about Sierra Space, its business areas, capabilities, programs, products and services.

Estimated Starting Salary Range: $101,774.67 - $139,940.19

Sierra Space offers a generous benefit package, including medical, dental, and vision plans, 401(k) with 150% match up to 8%, life insurance, 3 weeks paid time off, tuition reimbursement, and more.

As COVID-19 continues to significantly impact our employees, families and communities, we are taking action to address the increased risk and uncertainty COVID-19 and associated variants pose in the workplace. SNC is committed to supporting our employees while ensuring we continue to meet essential national security needs of our country.

With employee health and safety as our top priority, and as a federal contractor, SNC will continue to require COVID-19 vaccination status for all employees including new hires. In accordance with applicable requirements, all current and newly hired employees who are unvaccinated may be required to adhere to enhanced onsite safety protocols including weekly COVID-19 testing, face coverings, and social distancing.

The status of applicable COVID-19 vaccination requirements are subject to change depending on applicable court orders and the course of ongoing litigation. Candidates may later be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination or have an approved exemption.

At Sierra Space, our mission is to dream, innovate, inspire and empower the next generation to transform humanity through technology and imagination. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we welcome our employees to bring their whole selves to their work. Sierra Space is committed to fostering an inclusive, accepting, and diverse environment free of discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran. Contributions to Sierra Space come in many shapes and styles, and we believe diversity in our workforce fosters new and greater ways to dream, innovate, and inspire.