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Jacobs ARGOS-AXES Build Support in Houston, Texas

Critical Mission Solutions

Challenging Today. Reinventing Tomorrow.

We're invested in you and your success. Everything we do - whether Aerospace, Defense, Intelligence, Information Technology, Cybersecurity, Nuclear, Automotive, or Telecommunications - is more than just a project. It's our challenge as human beings, too. That's why we bring a thoughtful and collaborative approach to every one of our partnerships.

It's our promise to challenge the status quo as we redefine how to solve the world's greatest challenges, and transform big ideas into intelligent solutions for a more connected, sustainable world.

Design your career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed –today and into tomorrow.

Your Impact:

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

We need your talent, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire people all over the globe. We need you to bring creative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will enable the exploration of space while benefiting people here on Earth. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on exciting challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration. Jacobs is NASA’s largest engineering solutions provider working together with NASA at centers across the United States.

We are looking for an ARGOS-AXES Build Support to join our team with Oceaneering Space Systems , a JETS teammate company. Do you have the following skills?

ARGOS-AXES Build Support will provide mechanical build and test set-up support for the Active Response Gravity Offload System (ARGOS), a reduced gravity simulator robot, and its next generation ARGOS exploration EVA Simulator (AXES). Both systems perform human-in-the-loop testing. The Build Support role is part of a greater team, so the ability to work and communicate well with others is required.

Typical tasks include:

  • Work in a team environment

  • Setup, reconfigure, and clean up test areas

  • Responsible for recurring test set-up and tear-down activities

  • Ensure that work and test areas remain neat, orderly, and safe during all phases of testing (before, during, after)

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

  • Operate overhead crane and other material handling equipment

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

  • Operate standard equipment and/or instruments including hand-held power tools and manual (i.e. non-CNC) machine shop tools (i.e. lathes, drill press, mills, band saw, etc.)

  • Proficient use of hand-tools (i.e. screw drivers, ratchets, wrenches, rivet tools, etc.)

  • Compliance with machine shop safety protocols

  • Adhere to written and standardized operating procedures, policies, and protocols for use of equipment

  • Read and interpret drawings

  • Perform maintenance and operation of mechanical systems in assigned work areas, including research, documentation, acquiring parts, repairing, and calibration of devices and systems

  • Visualize and solve practical problems

  • Determine and develop methods, procedures, and laboratory apparatus required to fulfill assignments and achieve prescribed objectives

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

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

  • Perform other duties as required

With longer-term tenure on the team, there is a potential for this role to expand to include the following Test Operator duties:

  • Startup and shutdown the system following the respective checklists

  • Be proficient with using a computer and following a computerized checklist

  • Monitor key performance indicators during tests to ensure test subjects’ safety

  • Learn and perform emergency procedures when required

  • Be vigilant for events or conditions that require immediate action to stop a test

  • Assist in preparation of test procedures, test preparation sheets, discrepancy report disposition, unscheduled maintenance order reports, operational servicing reports, breadboard or developmental equipment sketches, and test setup or test article jig designs

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

  • AED/CPR Certification, or the ability to obtain certification

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Required Education/Experience/Skills:

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.

  • Associate technical degree or two (2) years of college with courses in engineering or associated disciplines, and twelve (12) years of related experience. A BS degree in Industrial Technology, Industrial Management or Math with ten (10) years of related experience will also be acceptable

  • Previous experience operating forklifts, cranes, manlifts, and working on elevated surfaces is required.

  • Certified Forklift Operator, or the ability to obtain certifications

  • Certified Crane Operator, or the ability to obtain certification

  • Elevated Work Certification, or the ability to obtain certification

  • Man Lift Certification, or the ability to obtain certification

  • Specialized and extensive knowledge of engineering principles gained through long and varied work experience in field of specialty

  • General computer and typing skills

  • Great communication with other team members

  • Following set procedures and written/verbal instructions

  • The use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

  • Standing/sitting/kneeling/crouching

  • Applying basic math skills

  • Daily work in a warehouse or lab environment

  • Exposure to uneven ground levels, high or low elevations, confined areas, various noise levels caused by test environment, power tools, machinery, equipment, etc.


  • Good interpersonal and communication skills

  • Can-do mindset

  • Critical thinking

  • Ability to lift to 45 pounds from the ground level, waist level and overhead

  • Carrying up to 25 pounds for 20 yards

  • Intermediate level of proficiency in metal fabrication and welding

  • Knowledge and experience with electrical systems

  • Knowledge and experience with pressure systems

  • Ability to organize and prioritize tasks

Why Work on Our Team?

Click on the below links to view just a small sample of all that we do! Come join our team and be part of our future. We look forward to seeing you!

See What We Do (https://app.frame.io/presentations/225c1d41-60d8-58cc-bf8c-fd204fb246d9)

Jacobs Aerospace Solutions Overview

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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)

  • Much, much more!

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

  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.

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

Essential Functions

Work Environment

Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on task.

Physical Requirements

Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of time).

Equipment and Machines

Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


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

Professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

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) .

At Jacobs, we’re challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world’s most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $13 billion in revenue and a talent force of more than 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector.