Profession satellite engineer

Satellite engineers develop, test and oversee the manufacture of satellite systems and satellite programmes. They may also develop software programs, collect and research data, and test the satellite systems. Satellite engineers can also develop systems to command and control satellites. They monitor satellites for issues and report on the behaviour of the satellite in orbit.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Realistic
  • Realistic / Investigative

Knowledge

  • Technical drawings

    Drawing software and the various symbols, perspectives, units of measurement, notation systems, visual styles and page layouts used in technical drawings.

  • Production processes

    Know the materials, production processes and other techniques required for the production and distribution of goods.

  • Geostationary satellites

    Know about geostationary satellites and how they function; moving in the same direction as rotation of the Earth. Understand how they are used for telecommunication and commercial purposes.

  • Industrial engineering

    The field of engineering concerned with the development, improvement, and implementation of complex processes and systems of knowledge, people, equipment, etc.

  • Global navigation satellite system performance parameters

    Know the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) performance parameters, and the requirements that an GNSS system should possess in specific conditions.

  • Unmanned air systems

    The systems used to remotely control unmanned aerial vehicles by onboard computers or by a pilot on the ground or in the air.

  • Aerospace engineering

    The engineering discipline that combines various technologies and engineering disciplines such as avionics, materials science and aerodynamics in order to design, develop and manufacture aircraft, spacecraft, missiles and satillites.

  • Types of satellites

    Understand the variety of satellites that exist and their different functions. Know the different types of satellites used for communications, streaming services, surveillance, and scientific research.

  • Engineering principles

    The engineering elements like functionality, replicability, and costs in relation to the design and how they are applied in the completion of engineering projects.

  • Engineering processes

    The systematic approach to the development and maintenance of engineering systems.

  • Launching of satellites into orbit

    Know about the different procedures, phases, and requirements for launching satellites into orbit.

Skills

  • Perform scientific research

    Gain, correct or improve knowledge about phenomena by using scientific methods and techniques, based on empirical or measurable observations.

  • Monitor satellites

    Analyse ground systems and investigate any anomalous behavior of satellites. Develop the right corrective measures, and implement where necessary.

  • Adjust engineering designs

    Adjust designs of products or parts of products so that they meet requirements.

  • Use technical drawing software

    Create technical designs and technical drawings using specialised software.

  • Approve engineering design

    Give consent to the finished engineering design to go over to the actual manufacturing and assembly of the product.

Optional knowledge and skills

plan space satellite missions research satellite launch sites execute feasibility study create a product's virtual model design prototypes use cam software mechanical engineering defense system materials science draft design specifications fluid mechanics develop test procedures guidance, navigation and control record test data oversee assembly operations apply advanced manufacturing cae software analyse production processes for improvement conduct performance tests build a product's physical model control production material mechanics manage product testing use cad software aerodynamics design principles synthetic natural environment