NASA Space Program Network Engineer

Houston, TX, United States of America
Nov 23, 2022
Dec 23, 2022
Full Time
NASA Space Program Network Engineer

Job Category: Information Technology

Time Type: Full time

Minimum Clearance Required to Start: NACI

Employee Type: Regular

Percentage of Travel Required: Up to 10%

Type of Travel: None

What You'll Get to Do:

CACI is looking for a Network Engineer with experience in IP routing and switching, campus LAN design/administration, WAN design/administration, network monitoring, and network troubleshooting to work with our Computer Systems Engineering team supporting NASA's human-rated spacecraft systems in support of our Nation's space exploration initiative at NASA / Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. Candidates should have strong background in networking, an interest in network engineering and cyber security, and, most of all, possess a great passion to contribute to our Nation's exploration of space.

As a Network Engineer, you will be part of a team that provides a range of computer systems support to our NASA customer including network design, network operation, and project management. You will also collaborate extensively with NASA and external partners to establish test networks used in verification of spacecraft systems in the Artemis and Gateway programs.

This position requires a self-motivated, capable person with strong verbal and written communication skills. In addition to outstanding technical expertise, the individual must be very people savvy, possess strong customer relationship skills, have a positive team-player attitude, and be flexible and willing to take on new assignments and responsibilities as they arise. Finally, the most qualified candidate will be an articulate speaker able to communicate complex technical ideas in a convincing manner, must share our passion for our Nation's Space Program, and share in the excitement of developing the next human-rated space vehicles.

More About the Role:

Job responsibilities include:
  • Work with NASA Communications Program Office to establish connectivity between NASA facilities, external US partners, and international partners.
  • Interface directly with NASA management on technical issues and topics.
  • Gather network requirements from lab owners and synthesize those requirements into a network design.
  • Represent lab and system owners in configuration control board meetings concerning networking.
  • Orchestrate testing between network segments across Wide Area Networks to validate system performance metrics and ultimately ensure successful testing of spacecraft systems.
  • Support the IP networking of live, integrated, distributed testing of spacecraft systems over a wide geographic area.
  • Ensure consistent performance of Wide Area Networks through ongoing monitoring, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
  • Support the full lifecycle of network infrastructure including procurement, network appliance configuration, security configuration, and inventory tracking.
  • Work with robotic, space vehicle, and simulation development teams to design networks systems that meet NASA security standards and project requirements. Use modern configuration management tools and techniques to implement system designs.
  • Generate, review, and update cyber security documents such as security plans, interconnection agreements, disaster recovery plans, risk assessments, continuous monitoring reports, waivers, and incident reports.
  • Respond to customer requests for changes, fixes, and other user support.
  • This work takes place at NASA/JSC in Houston, TX, a highly stimulating and dynamic environment that is critical in human space flight and the space exploration initiative.

You'll Bring These Qualifications:
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident for access to US Government facilities.
  • Bachelor's degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Cybersecurity, Electrical Engineering, or related disciplines required.
  • Minimum of 10 years network administration experience. Greater and diverse experience is valued.
  • Must have strong customer relationship management experience and communication skills as will interface with NASA management.
  • Must have proficiency in Cisco router and switch configuration.
  • Must have knowledge of Quality-of-Service requirements and assurance.
  • Must have knowledge of foundational network technologies such as Ethernet, TCP/IP, DNS, DHCP, and client/server communication.
  • Must have experience creating design diagrams and documentation of networks.
  • Must be flexible, open to new challenges in a dynamic environment, and possess strong technical expertise combined with strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities with little supervision.
  • Must be a highly responsible, team-oriented individual with strong work ethic.
  • Must have highly developed coordination and organization skills.

These Qualifications Would be Nice to Have:
  • Master's degree in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Cyber Security, or Graduate level coursework or research involving information systems or cyber security.
  • Experience with real-time operations on distributed networks with Quality-of-Service requirements.
  • Cisco Wireless LAN Controller configuration and management.
  • Wireless network site surveying.
  • Industry certifications such as Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP), Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE), Cisco Certified Design Expert (CCDE) or equivalent certifications from other network vendors.
  • Experience with network monitoring tools such as CheckMK, Nagios, Solar Winds, or Zabbix.
  • Project management skills.
  • Familiarity with FISMA and NIST Cybersecurity Framework.
  • Experience with IT security plan development, documentation, and assessment.
  • Experience in the NASA/JSC environment or other highly technical environment is a plus.

What We Can Offer You:
  • We've been named a Best Place to Work by the Washington Post.
  • Our employees value the flexibility at CACI that allows them to balance quality work and their personal lives.
  • We offer competitive benefits and learning and development opportunities.
  • We are mission-oriented and ever vigilant in aligning our solutions with the nation's highest priorities.
  • For over 60 years, the principles of CACI's unique, character-based culture have been the driving force behind our success.

Company Overview: At CACI, you will have the opportunity to make an immediate impact by providing information solutions and services in support of national security missions and government transformation for Intelligence, Defense, and Federal Civilian customers. CACI is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities.

As a federal contractor, CACI is subject to any federal vaccine mandates or other customer vaccination requirements. All new hires are required to report their vaccination status.

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