EchoStar Spacecraft Controller II in Gilbert, Arizona

Spacecraft Controller II

Requisition Number 8187BR

Company EchoStar Satellite Services

Job Category Engineering

Geographic Location (posting location) AZ-Gilbert

Job Description (Do of the Job) EchoStar Satellite Services, an EchoStar Company, provides advanced satellite communications solutions to meet the needs of media & broadcast organizations, enterprise customers, U.S. government service providers, and military applications. From video distribution, data communications and backhaul services to the delivery of television channels for direct-to-home satellite providers and broadcasters, we bring reliable and innovative solutions to the satellite industry.

EchoStar in Gilbert, AZ is looking for a Spacecraft Controller II to support the EchoStar Spacecraft Operations Center by providing state-of-health monitoring, support commanding sessions, initiate troubleshooting procedures for both the ground system and spacecraft.


  • Specifically, duties include (but are not limited to):

  • Assist with the technical development of junior team members.

  • Apply experience and professional judgment to evaluate, create, and implement innovative ground system configurations to support dynamic operational needs.

  • Possess an understanding of all spacecraft subsystems, ground system equipment, and can make proper troubleshooting and/or escalation decisions about anomalous conditions.

  • Anticipate, coordinate, and establish ground system reconfigurations to assure robust TT&C link availability.

  • Analyze facts and principles and draw conclusions regarding spacecraft maneuver management.

  • Coordinates and implements crew activities to support engineering, management, and corporate requirements.

  • Re-enforce situational awareness of spacecraft operational activities, broadcast operations, company objectives, and advances in the space and communication media industries.

  • Maintain shift logs, prepares reports, and provides timely project updates communicating work status and milestones.

  • Initiate immediate responses to spacecraft and TT&C system anomalies.

  • Perform escalation notification procedures.

  • Investigate and analyze long- and short-term spacecraft performance trends. Manage the criteria used for monitoring all spacecraft subsystems.

  • Research, develop, and present advanced training materials to meet team and organization requirements.

Qualification/Skills (Know of the Job)

Basic Requirements:

  • High School Diploma

  • Minimum 2 years spacecraft operations experience

  • This position requires ITAR access—candidate must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident

  • Ability to fulfill a non-traditional 12 hour rotating shift

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Operations experience with Space Systems Loral FS1300 or Lockheed Martin A2100 spacecraft highly desired

  • Experience with ISI’s EPOCH TT&C software

  • General or specialized knowledge of one or more of the following spacecraft systems and subsystems: Attitude, Propulsion, Power, Data Handling, Thermal, Mechanism, and Payload

  • Attention to detail, pro-active and confident personality with good communication skills

  • Able to work in a multi-team environment

  • Comfortable presenting information and responding to questions from managers, corporate executives, and customers

EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS) headquartered in Englewood, CO, with additional locations world-wide, is a premier global provider of satellite solutions and technology services. Together with its major subsidiaries—EchoStar Satellite Services and Hughes Network Systems— EchoStar offers employees the opportunity to explore the boundaries of what’s possible in the fields of engineering and the business functions transforming this engineering into revenue.

At EchoStar we know the excitement of new endeavors. We pride ourselves in not just our engineering expertise, but as pioneers forging technological change to improve the lives of our customers. We are Connecting the World in new and exciting ways, and offer you the opportunity to learn more about how EchoStar family of companies could be the right destination for you!

EchoStar and its Affiliated Companies are committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. U.S. Citizenship is required for certain positions. EEO is the law.