El Segundo, California

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Secure our Nation, Ignite your Future

ManTech is seeking Top Talent as a Launch Vehicle Product Assurance Quality Engineer for our Air Force and Space Division. ManTech’s Air Force and Space Division supports a contract that provides support to the United States Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) Launch Systems Enterprise Directorate’s – National Security Space Launch (NSSL).

We assist the Air Force by supporting a multitude of areas, including Systems Engineering & Integration, Acquisition & Program Management Support, Mission Integration Management, System Safety & Environmental Engineering, Systems Security & Information Assurance, Launch Schedule and Risk Management, Certification of New Entrant Launch Vehicles.  


Location: El Segundo, CA

The Launch Vehicle Product Assurance Quality Engineer will:

  • Coordinate and perform launch vehicle flight hardware pedigree reviews
  • Review, analyze SMC LV design, manufacturing, test, data analysis tools, and flight data.
  • Review, analyze SMC Launch service contracts and acquisition processes for product assurance and hardware pedigree requirements.
  • Report assessment and evaluation results to hardware pedigree review managers and customer representatives.
  • Produce general and detailed quality process assessments of Launch Providers’ manufacturing, production, assembly and test operations, pedigree and hardware acceptance reviews, and other functions as required.
  • Support the Government Quality Team with evaluation of process requirements changes, provider/supplier quality certification status, and trend assessments of quality metrics.
  • Help maintain and provide Customer hardware pedigree review training.
  • Assist in scheduling supplier site visits and mentor quality team members on emerging issues within the Launch Enterprise.
  • Notify Customer actions needed to maintain Provider Quality Certification standards.
  • Capture and document Best Practices in Customer formats, such as Process Guides, Performance Work Statements, Guidebooks, Operating Instructions, Plans, Policies, Procedures, Regulations, etc.  Provide technical and engineering inputs to related documents produced by others.
  • Perform technical analyses of systems engineering products such as Requirements, Preliminary and Critical Design Reviews, Test Plans, Test Procedures, Test Reports, Systems Engineering Master Plans, Contract Data Requirements List (CDRL) submittals, and others as required.
  • Collaborate with Aerospace Corporation, Launch Vehicle Contractors, Launch Sites, and factories.
  • Work with launch service providers to schedule and track manufacturing and quality audits to be performed during launch vehicle certification periods.
  • Draft and submit pedigree review and quality engineering products which include but are not limited to: data tables, audit checklists, Chief Engineer Engineering Review Board (ChERB) presentations, other quality engineering presentations and report status to the customer.

Other Job Requirements: Initiative, sound judgment, effective decision-making, successful collaboration with multiple agencies and personnel, excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated competency in Microsoft tools including MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and Information Technology (IT) systems and SharePoint-type databases.  Demonstrated ability to resolve quality issues effectively.


  • Bachelor of Science (BS) Degree in Science, Engineering, Space Systems, Science or Management is required - preferably, a Master of Science (MS) Degree.
  • 9 years minimum experience in systems engineering, technical PM or related areas involving producibility or manufacture of complex products, application of modern quality principles and methods including: quality management system standards, product and process controls, measurement and test, audits, statistical applications, corrective and preventive actions, and lean manufacturing including: product design, process design, producibility, process qualification/validation, and product design requirements flow down to manufacturing.
  • 2 years of aerospace quality or manufacturing engineering experience.
  • Degree, certification, or proven experience in quality engineering, manufacturing and production programs.
  • Ability to data-mine designs, drawings, processes, procedures, to produce quality assessments.
  • Ability to work across multi-disciplinary teams of DOD, USAF, NASA, NRO, and Contractor personnel.
  • Proven ability to work independently without significant oversight and direction and produce on time.
  • Willingness and ability to respond to leadership requests and back up colleagues as required.
  • Ability to work proactively and responsively, identify and address customer concerns rapidly.
  • Ability and willingness to provide Customers and colleagues accepted mentoring on people, processes, and parts, company processes, launch operations, engineering common sense, careers, etc.
  • Strong communication and auditing skills, team participator, including resolving conflict.
  • Ability to write clear, concise, structured Weekly Activity Reports (WAR) on projects, progress, path forward, and include risk assessments and actionable recommendations.
  • Ability and willingness to flex work schedules as required or work from remote locations.

Clearance Requirement: Must be able to obtain & maintain a SECRET clearance

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Strong work ethic, flexibility and attention to detail.
  • Experience with Delta, Atlas, Falcon (or similar) launch vehicle programs highly desired.

Travel:  Frequent travel required to LAAFB.  Occasional travel to Launch Providers, Suppliers, VAFB, CCAFS, other sites.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to remain sedentary up to 50% of the time.

For all positions requiring access to technology/software source code that is subject to export control laws, employment with the company is contingent on either verifying U.S.-person status or obtaining any necessary license. The applicant will be required to answer certain questions for export control purposes, and that information will be reviewed by compliance personnel to ensure compliance with federal law. ManTech may choose not to apply for a license for such individuals whose access to export-controlled technology or software source code may require authorization and may decline to proceed with an applicant on that basis alone.

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El Segundo, California

ManTech was founded in 1968 to provide advanced technological services to the United States government. We began with a single contract with the U.S. Navy to develop war-gaming models for the submarine community. Over the years, our government's technology needs have increased dramatically in scope and sophistication, and we have grown to meet that challenge.


For more than 4 decades, we kept a careful eye on where emerging technologies were taking the government, and we developed the resources to master those technologies—by staying close to our customers and anticipating their needs, hiring talented professionals to propel us into the future, and acquiring companies with proven capabilities.


Today, we are a multi-billion-dollar public company that provides the innovation, adaptability, and critical thinking our government needs for success in defense, intelligence, law enforcement, science, administration, health, and other fields—throughout the nation and in many countries throughout the world. We are now applying the lessons learned in the unforgiving arena of national security to help the private sector protect networks and critical information.

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