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Think Bigger

Our ability to develop and maintain the world’s best space and missile technology rests on the skills dedicated civilian employees can bring to the table. At SMC, you don’t need a military background to build a career in space — you just need the ambition to think big.

At SMC, civilian employees work alongside members of the uniformed military, developing and maintaining the most advanced space and missile systems in the world. Joining our dedicated workforce means being part of the next generation of visionaries, informing our nation’s decision-makers, and enabling our next great achievements. 

Air Force Space Command operations rely heavily on SMC. That’s why we focus on searching for the next big space-based solution. From engineers to program managers to financial professionals — everyone is a vital part of solving problems and meeting challenges that make our joint warfighters capable of more. 

Professional Growth

To help you on your way to a long and varied career, AFSMC offers extensive educational opportunities including on-site training, the chance to attend educational events and programs, and even tuition reimbursement and funding for advanced degrees. To help in planning your career, you will have access to extensive career path planning tools and guidance.

As you grow with AFSMC, your career can take you places you never imagined with abundant opportunities to expand your skills and put them to work keeping the Air Force successful.

Riches in Diversity

Because our mission of conducting and supporting flight research relies on creative thinking and problem solving, we invest in the value and strength that comes from a variety of backgrounds and experiences, from diverse perspectives and points of view, and abilities as diverse as the nation we serve.

We rely on inspired thinking and cultivate a team from multicultural backgrounds, varied education, and life experiences—including those with disabilities— to fuel the innovation essential the Air Force mission.

AFSMC understands and supports attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse workforce which appreciates and understands other societies, cultures, and languages. Diversity is a powerful tool on the road to success.

We also embrace equal employment opportunity in all facets of our work environment regardless of race, religion, color, sex, national origin, age, disability, and/or sexual orientation.

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You are smart, talented, and ambitious. Perfect for our team.

Our greatest asset is a workforce made up of the most qualified and dedicated professionals who work in all areas of our mission: from logistics to contracting and from engineering to the sciences.

Sure, what we do is vital to the Air Force mission, but it’s also very exciting and challenging. That makes SMC is a great place to start a career or to invest your professional experience in something far more important than the bottom line.

A civilian acquisition career at SMC can take you in numerous exciting directions. With interesting and challenging professional options at several sites around the country, we have many unique opportunities that will bring out your best.

Experience Matters

Engineers, contract managers, financial specialists, and more—we are always on the lookout for smart and ambitious pros who can step in and make a contribution to our mission on day one, doing things that may never have been done before.

You’ll be part of a supportive, collaborative culture where ground-breaking technology and commitment to your success lets you grow your career and expand your experience. 

Plus, as a civilian federal government employee working on an active-duty military installation, you'll also have rewarding federal benefits and many other perks not available in the public sector.

U.S. citizenship and the ability to obtain a security clearance are required for a position at SMC.

Contract Management

As buyers of complex, advanced space and launch systems, our Contract Managers have the trust of the nation in making purchases that fulfill missions while getting the best value for the taxpayer. 

This job requires business skills as well as experience in using various types of contracts, techniques, or requirements (e.g., Federal Acquisitions Regulations) related to contracting or procurement, including contract negotiation and administration.

Engineering

Engineers and computer scientist are in abundance at AFSMC working in aircraft design, computer networks, software, electrical/electronic mechanical specialties, and general engineering. These positions require creative problem-solving skills on critical, real-life projects that define the cutting edge of innovation.

SMC leverages engineering skills from a variety of specialties. Our engineers define technical standards and perform risk management to ensure each space system meets its mission capability requirements. SMC establishes, manages, verifies and validates each system’s engineering baseline. They also define and control each program’s system and technical architecture, including establishing and controlling system configuration.

Finance Management

SMC financial and budget managers or cost analysts apply solid economic and accounting practices and principles to ensure our programs are progressing appropriately and that business practices being implemented comply with federal financial regulations. They also provide technical expertise involving formulation, justification and/or execution of budgets, cost estimates, cost analyses, and earned value management.

Program Management

Program managers with SMC are in the position to see and oversee the Big Picture. They are the guiding force behind delivering advanced, often innovative space systems, products, and services to the U.S. warfighter, our allies, and the nation. Each program manager works on one or more acquisition projects to provide input into all aspects of the programs’ development, ensuring the SMC team satisfies customer requirements in a timely manner where it counts – in the capable hands of our men and women in uniform.

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STUDENTS & RECENT GRADS

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HOW TO APPLY

The application process for federal employment can be more arduous than applying for work in the private sector. That’s why we’ve put together a step-by-step overview of what you can expect.

There are dozens of AFSMC jobs available around the country and even some in overseas locations.

Zoom in or out of the map to see more or less detail. Click on any marker to see current job openings.

All AFCS job opportunities are also listed on the Federal Government’s official one-stop source for Federal jobs and employment information, USAJOBS.  Access AFCS Acquisition job opportunities at AirForce.USAJOBS.gov/.

Follow the steps below to determine if you are qualified and eligible, and apply for a position with AFCS.

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Qualification vs. Eligibility

Like any employer, AFCS expects you to be “qualified” when you apply for a position, but unlike some employers, you must also be “eligible." What’s the difference? It’s actually pretty simple.

“Qualification” is based on education and/or experience. As with any other employer, you will need to have certain educational and/or work experience in order to be qualified for a given position. For example, if you want a job as a doctor, you need to have completed medical school and fulfilled the related requirements. The kinds of background needed are always clearly detailed in the Job Opportunity Announcement listed at AirForce.USAJOBS.gov/. Be sure you meet those expectations before you decide to apply.

However, even if you are completely “qualified” for a job, you may not actually be “eligible.” In the Federal jobs environment, “eligibility” refers to Federal regulatory requirements that determine who can apply for specific jobs.

Each AFCS Job Opportunity Announcement will carefully spell out who is eligible to apply in the “Who May Apply” section. Further details on who may apply can be found in the “Other Information” and “How to Apply” sections. It is very important to review these requirements carefully. If you do not meet the requirements listed, you may not apply for the job.

For additional information on this subject please review the Air Force “Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide.”

Step 1: Find the Right Job for You

AFCS jobs are categorized as entry, mid, and senior levels, and are associated with different qualifications and pay grade levels.   And, there are special categories of job opportunities, including jobs for students and recent graduates, veterans, military spouses, and individuals with disabilities. This site provides several ways to help you find the right AFCS job. Use one of our helpful search tools:

Step 2: Read the Job Announcement

Each AFCS position (Job Opportunity Announcement) will provide detailed information about job qualifications, duties, salary, location, benefits, and security requirements. These will help you determine if your interests, education, and professional background make you a candidate who qualifies for the job.

Step 3: Apply for the Job

Follow the instructions in the “How to Apply” section of each Job Opportunity Announcement. Instructions will guide you through the application process, providing you detailed information on the questions that must be addressed, and forms and format that must be used to present your resume and qualifications for the job. Help can be found at USAJOBS.gov.

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