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Jacobs Altitude Technician in Houston, Texas

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Your Impact:

Are you passionate about human space exploration or understanding the origins of the universe, and working with a dynamic and diverse team to make a difference? If you are, we need you!

We need your commitment, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire humans all over the globe. We need you to bring innovative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will benefit the quality of life of people around the world. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on new challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration. Jacobs is NASA’s largest engineering solutions provider working alongside NASA at centers across the United States.

We have the unique and significant role to partner with NASA at Johnson Space Center (JSC), to be part of every human spaceflight program – the International Space Station (ISS), NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which will carry astronauts into deep space, and Gateway, the orbiting platform providing the home for astronauts to work and travel back and forth to the moon’s surface, and serving as the platform for deep space exploration. From critical systems on the ISS to enable astronauts to live and work in space; to performing advanced development for systems leading to deep space exploration; to being part of the foundation for Gateway.

We also partner with NASA at JSC, the only NASA center in the United States to curate all astromaterial samples returned from exploration missions, to perform curation services, orbital debris analysis, and basic research to further humankind’s understanding of the origins of our solar system.

We need you to be a part of our team!

We are actively searching for qualified candidates for this potential opening, however we do not have assurance at this time if and when the position will be finalized and opened. Because we have strong reason to believe the position will be approved soon, we are proceeding with identifying qualified candidates and conducting interviews.

We are currently in need of an Altitude Technician to join our team. Do you have the following skills?

This is a JETS CBA position with Jacobs.

The Altitude Technician will:

  • Perform quality work in the development, fabrication, setup, operation, and maintenance of fixtures, equipment, and facilities related to manned and unmanned altitude chamber testing.

  • Perform duties as inside or outside lock observer on manned tests at altitude, serving on test duty stations responsible for performing emergency actions and evacuation of test personnel in the event of an emergency during testing.

  • Train on and learn the altitude physical symptoms of decompression sickness, hypoxia, hyperventilation, and the treatment of each.

  • Train on and learn the methods of egress of all pressure suits worn by test subjects or astronauts undergoing training.

  • Fabricate, modify, and assemble various complex hardware and systems from engineer drawings, sketches, or verbal and written instructions.

  • Assist in the buildup and operation of complex mechanical systems and equipment including, but not limited to, pressure (liquid/vapor/gas), vacuum, and cryogenic systems in support of the altitude chamber test facilities.

  • Assist in the performance of altitude chamber and life support system operations, personal equipment maintenance, and other routine maintenance of altitude support hardware and equipment.

  • Maintain data records, training records, and other records pertaining to the mechanical and operational function of ground support equipment as well as test chamber hardware, equipment, and systems.

  • \Interpret engineering drawings, sketches, and work instructions in order to carry out assignments.

  • Work directly with engineering personnel and/or higher level technicians on the design, fabrication, installation, and operation of components and special systems used in support of space environment simulation testing.

  • Assist in preparation of test procedures, checklists, discrepancy report disposition, scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, and mechanical test buildup.

  • Support mechanical test buildup, securing of gas samples, precision cleaning, and other related requirements for test operations.

  • Operate forklift and man-lift equipment in the performance of work assignments as required.

  • Work at elevated locations using systems/equipment such as ladders, man-lifts, scaffolding other work platforms.

  • Operate appropriate shop mechanical equipment, systems, and tools in the performance of work duties.

  • Cut, flare, thread, and bend tubing and pipe in the assembly of both high and low pressure liquid, vapor, and gas systems.

  • Clean hardware and components to the appropriate level prior to, during, and after assembly using established procedures and specifications.

  • Perform testing and leak checking of vacuum and pressure systems and hardware.

  • Operate mechanical systems through a data and controls computer interface as applicable.

  • Maintain equipment as necessary, including preventive maintenance and repairs or replacement of parts.

  • Assist with the testing, calibration, adjustment, repair, and set up of test or research oriented equipment or experiments.

  • Execute all work duties in a skilled, safe, and technically acceptable manner.

  • Execute all assigned tasks with technical guidance and/or supervision from higher level technicians, engineers, or supervisor.

  • Wear and utilize appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and clothing during performance of work duties, to include safety glasses/goggles, hard hats, gloves, masks, respirators, coveralls, harnesses, etc.

  • Identify and correct potential hazards and/or unsafe acts/conditions at the work site.

  • Notify Supervisor and Management of any hazards in the workplace and advise on appropriate corrective actions.

  • Maintain work area in a neat, orderly, and safe condition.

  • Assist more experienced technicians in the performance of work duties.

  • Work shifts assigned to duty stations as a test system operator or trainee under guidance/supervision of a certified technician or competent engineer during manned and unmanned chamber testing

  • Perform related duties as required.

Here’s What You’ll Need:


This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.

Required Skills:

  • Ability to learn physical symptoms of decompression sickness, hypoxia, hypercapnia, hyperventilation, and the treatment of each.

  • Ability to learn the methods of egress of all pressure suits worn by test subjects or astronauts participating in altitude chamber testing.

  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.

  • Ability to assist with the work of others.

  • Operational knowledge of basic mechanical equipment and systems associated with thermal, vacuum, and thermal-vacuum test environments.

  • General understanding of concepts, practices, and procedures within assigned work area.

  • Capability of passing an Air Force Class III physical and wearing a mask/respirator in support of test operations in oxygen-deficient environments.

  • Requires a High School diploma or equivalent.


  • Working knowledge of basic metal fabrication.

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications on a standard PC.

Why Work for Jacobs?

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In addition to exciting career opportunities we also have:

  • Excellent personal and professional career growth

  • 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off)

  • Onsite cafeteria (breakfast & lunch)

  • Comprehensive Benefit Package (medical, dental & vision)

  • 401(k)

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Much, much more!

For more information on our partnership with NASA at Johnson Space Center, please visit www.wehavespaceforyou.com

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.

  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which this position has been advertised.


Physical Requirements:

Requires constant:

  • Climbing and maintaining balance on ladders, scaffolds, structures, etc. above or below ground level.

  • Bending, kneeling crouching, squatting and/or crawling from 1 to 30 minutes at a time.

  • Seeing and hearing with or without correction.

  • Reaching for, handling and manipulating objects and materials in all directions.

  • Coordinating eyes, hands and fingers to operate tools and equipment.

  • Lifting up to 25 pounds from ground level, at waist level and overhead.

  • May at times be required to lift more than 25 pounds following procedures for team lift and/or three man lift.

  • Carrying up to 25 pounds for 20 yards

Requires the ability to:

  • Follow set procedures and standards.

  • Apply basic mathematical skills.

  • Plan and work selecting proper tools.

  • Compare and understand differences in the size, shape, and form or lines, figures, and objects.

  • Follow written and oral directions, plans and blueprints.

  • Picture and evaluate solid objects from drawings or diagrams using standards that can be measured or checked.

  • Recognize and report safety hazards.

Must be able to pass Air Force Class III Physical. Occasional use of respirator/mask required for hazardous testing and operations. Must meet physiological requirements to serve as lock observer during testing of a vacuum chamber at pressure altitudes up to 18,000 feet.

Work Environment:

Typically a warehouse environment. Exposure to uneven ground levels, high or low elevations, confined areas, various noise levels caused by power tools, machinery, equipment, etc., extreme hot or cold weather, excessive humidity, rain, etc.

Equipment and Machines:

Standard office equipment (computer/printer/copier/telephone), vacuum pumps, helium leak detector, passenger van, forklift, man-lift, tubing flare machine, pipe threading machine, mill, lathe, drill press, band saw (vertical & horizontal), grinder, sander, shear, sheet metal brake, hand-held power tools, basic and complex mechanics hand tools.


Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements.

Other Essential Functions:

Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Must display a positive attitude and a spirit of cooperation with other individuals and groups. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others. Must be able to professionally interact with astronauts undergoing training as well as senior NASA/JSC Management.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), age, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression and transgender status, mental disability or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, low-income status or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws (https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) and supplemental language. (https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/eeoc_gina_supplement.pdf)

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