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Ground System Engineer / Cloud Architect (Senior)

Albuquerque, New Mexico Job ID: 2022-7095 Potential to Telecommute: No
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A 100% employee-owned and operated technology firm, Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI) provides high-demand technical expertise in Digital Engineering & Transformation, Space Systems, Unmanned Systems, Flight Test Engineering, Modeling and Simulation, Cybersecurity, and DevOps for advanced defense and intelligence special programs. MTSI delivers first-choice capabilities to solve problems of global importance. We are proud of our proven track record of outstanding service and customer satisfaction.

We work hard to protect our reputation by providing quality technical and programmatic work and employing ethical, honest, and fair business practices. Founded in 1993, MTSI today has employees at over 20 offices and field sites worldwide.

  • Full Time
  • Level: TS/SCI
  • Travel: Minimal (if any)

Success Profile

What makes a successful candidate? See if you have what it takes.

When you join our engineering team, you'll collaborate on some of the most advanced development programs for our Department of Defense (DoD) and intelligence customers. Together as a team, you will typically work on-site with our government customers to go above and beyond to deliver effective solutions. Come and join a 100% employee-owned workplace that encourages you to take control of your career success.

  • Collaborative
  • Communicator
  • Creative
  • Curious
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Versatile

Our Culture

Since 1993, co-founders have collaborated to put employees first and make our customers successful. When you work at a 100% employee-owned company, you're empowered to think and act like an owner. Whether you're interested in learning new skills or taking your career to the next level, we put our employees first so we can help make your professional goals happen. We believe that by investing in our people, we're investing in our company's future.


  • Additional source of substantial retirement
  • Employees share in ownership of MTSI without any personal contribution or
  • Our ESOP is the best way to ensure we
    maintain an enduring company
  • Participants receive both allocations of the annual company contributions and growth in account value as the shares of stock may appreciate

I take pride in watching the contribution
that our people have made toward national priorities.

Phil Soucy
Chairman of the Board
and Co-founder

Own your environment

See what it means to lead the nation’s defense and security.


At MTSI, we want our employees to live their best lives – personally and professionally. That’s why we offer employee-driven, industry-leading benefits and compensation, so you can explore and pursue passions. Most full-time employees are eligible for the following benefits:


Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI) is seeking a Ground System Engineer / Cloud Architect to support the Space Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), located at Kirtland Air Force Base located in Albuquerque, NM with the development of first-of-kind space systems and missions.

Why is MTSI known as a Great Place to Work?

  • Interesting Work:  Our co-workers support some of the most important and critical programs to our national defense and security.  
  • Values: Our first core value is that employees come first.  We challenge our co-workers to provide the highest level of support and service, and reward them with some of the best benefits in the industry. 
  • 100% Employee Ownership: we have a stake in each other's success, and the success of our customers.  It's also nice to know what's going on across the company; we have company wide town-hall meetings three times a year.  
  • Great Benefits - Most Full-Time Staff Are Eligible for: 
    • Starting PTO accrual of 20 days PTO/year + 10 holidays/year
    • Flexible schedules
    • 6% 401k match with immediate vesting
    • Semi-annual bonus eligibility (July and December)
    • Company funded Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) - a separate qualified retirement account
    • Up to $10,000 in annual tuition reimbursement
    • Other company funded benefits, like life and disability insurance
    • Optional zero deductible Blue Cross/Blue Shield health insurance plan
  • Track Record of Success:  We have grown every year since our founding in 1993

Modern Technology Solutions, Inc. (MTSI) is a 100% employee-owned engineering services and solutions company that provides high-demand technical expertise in Digital Transformation, Modeling and Simulation, Rapid Capability Development, Test and Evaluation, Artificial Intelligence, Autonomy, Cybersecurity and Mission Assurance.

MTSI delivers capabilities to solve problems of global importance. Founded in 1993, MTSI today has employees at over 20 offices and field sites worldwide.

For more information about MTSI, please visit


MTSI is seeking a Ground System Engineer / Cloud Architect to support the Space Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO), located at Kirtland Air Force Base located in Albuquerque, NM with the development of first-of-kind space systems and missions.  In this position, you will work as a government consultant providing engineering expertise as part of a small team in a streamlined organization with dedicated, organic acquisition support functions such as: contracting, financial management, human resources, security, program management and technical engineering support that are critical in enabling the rapid response required for classified space programs.

The mission is to develop and deliver operationally dominant space capabilities at the speed of warfighting relevance in response to Commander, U.S. Space Command requirements.  To be successful you should be a leader and problem solver with a proven ability to deliver superior results as part of a high performing team in a high-profile, and fast-paced environment.

Your essential job functions will include but may not be limited to:

  • You will work in a small, highly empowered team where every team member is directly responsible for the success of the program.
  • Responsibilities span technology domains including space rated hardware, software, sensors, and processors in an extremely fast-paced, and responsive development environment.
  • You should have an in-depth background on digital engineering and cloud computing architectures to improve program office insight into state-of-the art IC, DoD, commercial capabilities for ground command, control and communication systems for space applications.
  • You will apply advanced principles, theories, and concepts for highly classified systems, while also effectively communicating complex results with management and executive leadership. 
  • You will lead and/or support technical programs, projects, or tasks whose technical complexity requires engineering oversight.
  • Ensures completion of programs, projects, or tasks within estimated time frames and budget constraints.
    • Provides input to the government customer concerning risks to performance, schedule, and budget due to either proposed contractor plans or contractor’s execution of accepted plans.
  • Ensures the quality of the program, project, or task deliverables meet or exceed standards or metrics and assesses such deliverables to ensure that final deliverables will meet the warfighting purpose for which they are intended.
  • Responsible for the overall technical/engineering portions of major projects(s) or program(s).
  • Coordinates with multiple partners/agencies to ensure system engineering communities support delivery milestones.
  • Collaborate to design and create a multi-level security, hybrid cloud-based (tech stack(s) connecting to cloud) architecture.
  • Propose cloud adoption plans, cloud application design, and cloud management and monitoring.
  • Ability to work with cloud architecture team and help with cloud migration, Data Security, and deployment strategy in cloud environments.
  • Experienced in implementing and overseeing cloud computing strategy, and delivery of cloud solutions.
  • Demonstrated understanding of IT infrastructure tools, processes, and practices, including cloud resource provisions, deployment, microservices, and DevOps.
  • Ability to work independently within a complex environment to evaluate issues and address questions from the internal and external shareholders about their questions regarding cloud Implementation/Migration.
  • Oversees and advises government program management on integration across full spectrum of interfaces, to include coordination with multiple mission partners.
  • Oversees program and capability documentation is sufficiently defined to operationally needed levels, oversees configuration and integration working groups, and coordinates with management to ensure interface definitions support delivery milestones.
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and with technical accuracy—oral and written.


  • 10+ years' DoD/IC, or relevant industry work experience.
  • Experience in cloud deployments/migrations.
  • Experience with software development.
  • Exceptional and/or unique qualifications in developing, deploying, and maintaining ground mission planning architecture and software.
  • Experience in development and fielding satellite ground systems, to include ground entry points, command, control, communication systems, and mission data processing.
  • Knowledge of system engineering, development, and manufacturing requirements.
  • Experience in DoD program management including program development and transition.
  • Experience with Integrated Master Schedules, risk management, and Model-based systems engineering (MBSE).
  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience with Statements of Work (SOW) and Performance Work Statements (PWS).

Desired skills:

  • 5+ years' of relevant DoD work experience with SAP and/or SCI
  • System Engineering Technical Assistance (SETA) to Government program office.
  • Certified Solutions Architect Associate certification from one of the major Cloud providers (AWS, Azure, Google).
  • Demonstratable experience using AWS; especially AWS GovCloud.
  • Experience with rapid prototyping.
  • Experience with integrated air, space and cyberspace capabilities.
  • Experience with ACAT I/II level acquisition programs.
  • Experience using multivariable optimization in mission planning software systems.
  • Experience in planning and executing test campaigns for space ground systems.
  • Fluency with IC organizations.
  • Experience with CI/CD pipelines.
  • Experience with DevSecOps.
  • Experience with Agile software development.
  • Experience with containerized application development/deployments.
  • Experience with container hosting environments (Kubernetes).
  • Experience with service meshs/software defined networks.
  • Experience with RMF ATO process.
  • Experience with PlatformOne or other Cloud Broker/Managed cloud environment.
  • Experience with Infrastructure as Code (IaC).

Education Requirements: 

  • An applicable engineering degree from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) or possess a Professional Engineering license.
  • Relevant MA/MS/ME degree.

Clearance Requirements:

  • Active TOP SECRET clearance with sensitive compartmentalized information (SCI) and special access program (SAP) eligibility (no less than 2 years total SAP and/or SCI environment experience, with 1-year total within last 5 years) and willingness to submit to a Counter-Intelligence polygraph.
  • Candidate must maintain a TS/SCI clearance as a condition of employment.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required for this position.

Location/Travel Requirements:

  • Full-time, on site in vicinity of Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM and will require travel up to 30% of time within the continental United States.




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