Leidos is looking for a qualified candidate to join our team in our Houston, TX office at Johnson Space Center. The ideal candidate will fill one of our positions as a Communications RF On-Board Networks Utilization Specialist (CRONUS), Station Power, Articulation, Thermal, and Analysis (SPARTAN) or Environmental Control and Life Support/Internal Thermal Control (ETHOS) flight controller. These consoles positions serve as a technical expert for that discipline for the International Space Station (ISS).
After completing training and certification (usually 1-2 years) as an entry level/back-room flight controller (FC), the FC will support real-time operations during non-complex and complex operations supporting the ISS. After a period of time (usually 1-2 years) as a backroom flight controller, the FC is trained as a Specialist and/or as an Instructor. As a Specialist, the individual will work shifts as needed, complex operations and on-call support. 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 (back room flight controller, Specialist and Instructor).
Specific flight control duties include maintaining a safe environment for astronauts onboard the ISS; monitoring of real-time data 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 classroom lessons, operate trainers and simulators; conduct onboard training sessions; conduct crew and flight controller evaluations; write training facility requirements.
Bachelor's Degree program in Engineering, Physics, or Math (ABET accreditation, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering preferred). Candidates are required to pass a standard Air Traffic Controller/Flight Controller physical examination, pass security clearances, and be able to support infrequent travel domestically or internationally. US Citizenship is required.
Candidates must demonstrate the ability to progress through flight controller and instructor certifications which require excellent leadership and teamwork skills, multi-tasking abilities, the ability to operate effectively under stress, and rapid learning abilities. 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 in a real-time and fast-paced operational environment.