Systems Engineer 3 - Vulcan Development

Date: May 19, 2024

Location: Centennial, COLORADO, US, 80112

Company: United Launch Alliance

Requisition ID: 116

Location: ULA - Denver 

Relocation: Yes- Relocation may be available 

Travel Requirements: None/Infrequent 


At ULA, success comes through the efforts of a strong, united team.


Thanks for your interest in United Launch Alliance, the world's most experienced and reliable space launch company! Successfully launching more than 155 consecutive missions with 100% mission success doesn't happen by accident. It's a testament to the commitment and dedication of our team of rocket scientists and support employees combined with the systems and processes we use to pull them together. As a ULA employee, you'll have the opportunity to grow in your career while working in a team-oriented culture that combines technology, innovation, ingenuity and a commitment to the extraordinary. Whether you are in college just launching your career, or, have experience and want to come work with the best rocket team in the world, our unshakable unity yields stronger solutions and better results as we carry out our mission to save lives, explore the universe, and connect the world. Our team is excited to meet you!

Job Overview & Responsibilities


This position will support ULA's Vulcan Development organization, working on development of upgrades to ULA's Vulcan Centaur rocket as well as projects/programs that enhance and evolve ULA's offerings and provide more capabilities to our customers. The successful candidate will report to the Vulcan Development Systems Engineering leader.


Responsibilities include:


  • Supporting multidisciplinary project teams with cross-functional technical integration.
  • Supporting a team in the evaluation of customer/operational needs and to develop and integrate system requirements.
  • Executing systems engineering activities for Vulcan Centaur Development including (but not limited to) requirements development, integration, systems analyses, failure modes & effects analyses, test methods, operational process development, trade study development and management, risk, issue, and opportunity management, team and program execution planning, technical decision making, requirements verification activities, proposal support, and gate review preparation and execution.
  • Identifying and applying appropriate scaling of systems engineering activities commensurate with the specific project needs.


Required Education



Required Years of Experience

Minimum of 4 years of related work experience


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering or related technical field from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience generating, allocating, and verifying requirements.
  • Experience leading cross-functional teams in the performance of requirements analysis, development, integration, and verification: trade study management and risk management.
  • This position requires knowledge of Systems Engineering and Integration processes and tools.
  • Experience with system level design reviews or major gate reviews (e.g. SRR, PDR, CDR, etc.) and presenting to a diverse customer audience.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge and ability to work within an Agile development process.
  • Experience and background with previous development programs to develop a new product from scratch or enhance an existing product.
  • Previous experience supporting multidisciplinary project teams with an emphasis on Propulsion, Structures, Avionics (or other launch vehicle systems).
  • Experience with Word, Excel, and Power Point to include the integration of charts for large presentations to the customer.

Summary Salary Range (for ULA - Denver only):  $98,339.00 - $153,653.00 


Please note that the salary information shown above is a general guideline only. Salaries are based upon a candidate's experience and qualifications, as well as internal equity, market and business considerations. Employees may be eligible for a discretionary annual bonus in addition to base pay. 


What makes ULA different?

Because we understand launch success comes through the collective efforts of a team, we seek the best to join us. We value ethics, ingenuity, diversity and professional development for employees at all levels.


We offer our employees competitive pay and benefits including:

  • 401(k) match plus an additional employer contribution
  • Discretionary annual incentive bonus for eligible employees
  • Generous paid time off
  • Flexible work environments


Additionally, most salaried ULA team members work a "9/80 schedule," meaning they enjoy every other Friday off.


Benefits and work schedules may vary for union-represented hourly positions and are described in the applicable collective bargaining agreement.


The application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.


Security Clearance / International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, all applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined in ITAR 22 CFR 120.62 (e.g., U.S. Citizen, Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or protected individual. See 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) and 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) for additional information).


ULA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other categories protected by law. 


ULA is a participant in the federal E-Verify Program. Posters in PDF format pertaining to this program can be accessed by clicking on the links identified below. E-Verify Participation poster (English / Spanish) and Right to Work Poster (English / Spanish).

Nearest Major Market: Denver