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Technical Systems Administrator III

Company: Sierra Space
Location: Louisville
Posted on: October 13, 2021

Job Description:

This position is part of the Dream Chaser© Flight Operations Directorate’s Mission Systems Element. Mission Systems includes the facilities, equipment, software, and communication infrastructure necessary to operate the Dream Chaser spacecraft. Engineers within the Mission Systems group are responsible for the design, integration, testing, and maintenance of Dream Chaser Mission Control Center systems. These systems are used throughout spacecraft development, integrated testing, and real-time mission operations.

A subsidiary of Sierra Nevada Corporation (SNC), Sierra Space builds and delivers the future of space transportation, destinations and infrastructure, offering “space-as-a-service” in support of the new space economy. Leveraging breakthrough technologies including the Dream Chaser® spaceplane, also known as America’s Spaceplane®, and expandable LIFE habitat, Sierra Space offers turnkey solutions that are modular, reusable and scalable. Sierra Space brings life to space, and space to life.  Learn More about Sierra Space

This hands-on technical position will support the development, integration, and administration of control center software, computing systems, and networks. As part of a diverse Mission Systems team, this position will participate in all day-to-day control center activities. Technical responsibilities include (but are not limited to) support and administration for computing hardware and systems, COTS and custom software, peripheral equipment, configuration management, automation of processes and basic network connectivity to ensure the efficient and successful operations of Dream Chaser control center systems. Coordination is also required with multiple IT POC’s within the Mission Systems team, as well as at SNC, NASA, and other subcontractor organizations to ensure strategic alignment and governance compliance.  


  • Working as part of a small and dynamic team to complete the development and certification of Dream Chaser control center systems
  • Performing setup, configuration, integration, and maintenance/repair of mission-critical computing hardware, software, networking, telecommunications, data center equipment racks, and other related systems and peripherals
  • Participating in the research, design, and selection and/or development, build and test of new software applications
  • Supporting software development and API integration as required for hosting software applications within a complex mission-critical environment
  • Supporting design, implementation, and administration of configuration management systems
  • Testing and validating hardware and software changes to operational equipment, ensuring configuration control of operational environments
  • Test plan development, execution, and reporting
  • Providing end-user training and support
  • Design and operations documentation development, including systems manuals, operations handbooks, interface control documents, and operational procedures
  • Real-time systems monitoring, anomaly resolution, and operations support
  • Punctuality to work each day and prepared to work scheduled work hours
  • Other duties as assigned

Must Haves:

  • B.S. in Engineering, Computer Science, or another related field; and 6+ years of relevant experience. Experience may be considered in lieu of education. Higher Education may be considered in lieu of experience.
  • System administration knowledge and experience (RHEL/CentOS, LDAP/active directory, DNS, DHCP, Domain Administration)
  • Experience working with Docker embedded applications
  • Virtualization architecture and VM administration expertise (VMWare – vSphere, vCenter, vSAN, Horizon, ESXi)
  • Travel and flexible work hours are periodically required.


  • Version control systems and database administration experience (Git, Bitbucket, SVN, MySQL, MS SQL Server, Oracle)
  • Software application administration expertise (Systems Monitoring Solutions, Atlassian products, Docker, Microsoft office products, STK Freeflyer, Windows Server 2016 or newer, Windows 10)
  • Proficiency in automation tools (PDQ, Jenkins, PowerShell)
  • Basic knowledge of networking concepts and some experience working with Cisco components (Cisco CCNA/CCNP preferred)
  • Motivated and resourceful self-learner and problem-solver
  • Experience monitoring critical system performance and troubleshooting issues real-time as needed to resolve issues and restore system functionality or performance
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Must be able to work in a highly collaborative, fast paced environment with an emphasis in rapid prototyping and hands-on involvement
  • Strong interpersonal skills


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: $88,499.72 - $121,687.12

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.

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.

Keywords: Sierra Space, Denver , Technical Systems Administrator III, Other , Louisville, Colorado

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