Jacobs Design Operations Engineer 2 in Edwards Afb, California

Design Operations Engineer 2


Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and construction services for industrial, commercial and government organizations globally. The company employs over 74,000 people and operates in more than 40 countries around the world.

This is a journey-man level aero-mechanical design engineer position that requires understanding and application of the knowledge of engineering technology with specific tasks focused on metrology. Aero-Mechanical aircraft design concepts with specific technical tasks performed at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center.

Selected candidate will provide support to NASA Armstrong project(s) serving as an aeromechanical design/operations engineer. This work requirements include (but not limited to) the following:

  • Serve as an aeromechanical design operations engineer for Armstrong projects to develop and implement flight vehicle integration procedures across all required disciplines and organizations inside and outside of NASA.

  • Ensure airworthiness of aircraft and research/science assets according to research objectives, customer requirements, NASA requirements, and standard maintenance criteria.

  • Provide for the safe operation of the research aircraft system and maintain its configuration through accurate and timely drawing development and revisions.

  • Perform aero-mechanical engineering design support, as applicable, to support maintenance or configuration changes.

  • Interface routinely and effectively communicate with engineers, technicians, pilots, facilities, installation partners as well as other Center support personnel, and the scientific community (internal and external) as required.

  • Communicate effectively to determine design requirements and constraints; iterate aero-mechanical requirements and constraints that may impact research goals.

  • Ensure that all work is performed in a safe manner.

  • Conceptualize or invent original or modified mechanical design solutions (highly unique and creative) for varied locations on varied aircraft or ground assets; Create reports and other documentation necessary to describe the results of studies and/or tests.

  • Foresee, consider, address/analyze, and satisfy effects of acceleration, drag, static, and dynamic loads to include those associated with flight envelopes; may perform analyses of structural modification.

  • Develop mechanical design solutions with attention given to ease of manufacturability, integration (i.e., installation or removal), inspection and usability.

  • Make appropriate selection of raw materials, fabrication technologies, assembly methodologies, treatments, finishes, fasteners, etc. to arrive at a finished product.

  • Re-purpose off-the-shelf components, hardware, or materials to arrive at mechanical design solutions more quickly and/or cost effectively, where appropriate.

  • Produce complete, thorough, stand-alone mechanical drawings (i.e., mono-detail, multi-detail, assembly, and or installation drawings per ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) standards) that are able to communicate dimensions, tolerances, form, fit, function, criticality, and inspection in and of themselves.

  • Support procurement processes as needed for research purposes.

  • Plan and execute large and/or complex integration plans for projects; evaluates operational changes and modifications to ensure that the changes are consistent with operational capability of the aircraft and safety requirements.

  • Coordinate with and consult other employees to design, lay-out, or detail components and systems.

  • Utilize digital scanning technologies to create design models, where appropriate.

  • Develop, review and may approve work orders that result in structural fabrication and/or modifications to the aircraft to the extent authorized by TOM/TM; ensures timely completion and closeout.

  • Perform follow-up checks of development and modification work.

  • Develop and present technical presentations/briefings, as required, to communicate work progress, decisions, etc.

  • Document test results and lessons learned; assist with project close-out requirements to include test reports, out-brief presentations, and conference paper


  • This list is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities_


Education and Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in engineering or Physical Science required along with 3 years related experience

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities Desired

  • Knowledge and experience with Pro Engineer/CREO, modeling and design analysis

  • Proficient understanding of Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) (per ASME Y14.5).

  • Familiarity with material selection and processes (e.g., corrosion resistance, heat treatment, etc.).

  • Direct hands-on experience using a Romer Arm coordinate measuring machine.

  • Direct hands-on experience using a Surphaser scanner.

  • Direct hands-on experience using a Leica Tracker.

  • Direct hands-on experience using a Mitutoyo Bridge CCM.

  • Solid familiarity using Polyworks software.

  • Familiarity with configuration management.

  • Aircraft flight operations experience.

  • Previous experience working with NASA.

Essential Functions

Physical Requirements

  • Working at a computer or desk (considerations: sitting, eye strain, hand strain)

  • May involve long periods of sitting or standing.

Work Environment

  • Office, aircraft hangar, fabrication shop.

  • Will work in a hangar and lab environment.

  • Can contain confined and restricted work areas.

  • Typically indoor conditions but heat may be a factor.

  • Noise levels can be high during testing periods.

  • Needs to have clear, concise and accurate communication skills

  • Need to work well with, co-operate, and support clients, supervisors, and co-workers

Equipment and Machines

  • Standard office equipment and machines, computer workstation.

  • Working at a computer or desk


  • Must be able to work within the hours of 6:00 am and 3:00 pm.

  • Punctuality and regular attendance are necessary to meet deadlines.

  • With the exception of STD/LTD/FMLA & approved time off, attendance is considered essential

Other Essential Functions

  • Able to work in a dynamic and multi-task work environment by prioritizing work and coordinating task/project schedules.

  • Follow the safe practices and rules contained in the Jacobs Corporate Health & Safety Plan and other such rules and practices communicated on the job.

  • Must be a U. S. Citizen.

  • Must be able to secure and maintain a security clearance.

  • Must pass drug testing.

  • Must be able to read and write effectively in English.

The Jacobs System Lifecycle Group (SLG) enables the success of Department of Defense (DOD) and other Governmental organizations by providing unmatched systems life-cycle solutions. As a partner to our clients, we focus on innovative and cutting edge solutions that drive value. We take pride in sustaining a strong culture by remaining true to our Core Values: Profitable Growth is an Imperative, People are the heart of our business, Clients are our valued partners, and Performance excellence is our commitment. Jacobs offers a partnership in which you can grow personally and professionally with the advantages of strong leadership, competitive compensation and rewarding career paths. Come join the team whose work is destined to have a long-range effect on future generations.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmation Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disbility, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-California-Edwards Afb

Travel Yes, 10 % of the Time

Req ID: ATE0000NL