GHG Corporation
  • Houston, TX, USA
  • Other
  • Full Time


Job purpose

This is an entry level Flight Controller position. The SPARTAN Flight Controller manages the external cooling system as well as power generation and distribution for the International Space Station (ISS). These duties require the successful completion of a training and skill certification process over an 18-24 month period.

Duties and responsibilities

  • SPARTAN Flight Controllers are the prime discipline for planning, training and executing activities supporting the USOS ISS Solar Arrays and downstream power systems as well as ISS Radiators and their associated cooling systems.
  • SPARTAN Flight Controllers must understand and utilize engineering analysis and understand structural constraints.
  • Additionally, these duties involve providing operational support of the development, implementation, modification, testing, validation, and troubleshooting of spacecraft hardware and subsystems while maintaining Crew and vehicle safety.
  • SPARTANs also train astronauts and others on the basics of the ISS electrical and cooling systems.
  • Interaction with other NASA organizations and International Partners is required.
  • Related flight controller duties include writing ground and on-orbit procedures and documentation, and possibly supporting software development efforts that apply to the SPARTAN task.
  • As a flight controller in the NASA Mission Control Center, the candidate will support some non-standard work shifts in the control room and support periodic domestic and international travel as needed.
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Physics, Mathematics or Engineering with 0-2 years of experience (recent college graduate or May 2020 graduate).
  • Knowledge of engineering principles and the ability to apply them to real-time operations.
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written), interpersonal, leadership, teamwork, technical, and administrative skills.
  • Candidate must have a demonstrated ability to plan, lead, and coordinate a wide range of tasks.
  • Candidate must demonstrate the ability to progress through flight controller and instructor certifications.
  • Candidate must be able to apply technical knowledge and operations concepts to exercise effective decision-making and initiative in a real-time and fast-paced operational environment.
  • International Space Station operations are 24/7, and although most work will occur during a standard work day (8am to 4:30pm) the candidate should be able to work odd shifts, weekends and holidays on a weekly rotation.
  • Candidates are required to pass a standard flight controller physical examination, pass security clearances and be able to travel.
  • US Citizenship is required.


  • Problem Solving/Analysis
  • Technical Capacity
  • Communication Proficiency
  • Time Management
  • Initiative

Working environment

  • This is largely a sedentary role; however, limited physical activity is required.

Physical requirements

  • This position requires the ability to occasionally lift office products and supplies, up to 20 pounds.
  • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Position Expectations

  • This is a full-time position.

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