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Jacobs Mechanical Systems Technician I in Houston, Texas

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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 have an exciting opportunity for a Mechanical Systems Technician I join our team with the Facilities and Testing Division.

This is a JETS CBA position with Jacobs.

The Mechanical Systems Technician I will:

  • Perform quality work in the development, fabrication, calibration, setup, operation and maintenance of laboratory fixtures, equipment, and facilities.

  • Assist in the fabrication, modification, and assembly of various complex hardware and systems from engineer drawings, sketches, or verbal and written instructions.

  • Assist in the building and operating complex mechanical systems and equipment within the functional scope of assigned group/section including, but not limited to, pressure (liquid/vapor/gas), vacuum, cryogenic, hydraulic, pneumatic, vibration, and acoustic test 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Assist in the operation of 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 in the test, 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 potential 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.

  • Perform related duties as required.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Required Skills:

  • Ability to follow written and verbal instructions.

  • Ability to assist with the work of others.

  • Familiar with basic mechanical equipment and systems.

  • Familiar with concepts, practices, and procedures within assigned work area.

  • High School diploma or equivalent.


  • Working knowledge of metal fabrication and welding.

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

Why Join 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.


Physical Requirements:

Requires Constant:

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

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

  • Standing.

  • Seeing and hearing with or without correction.

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

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

  • Carrying up to 25 pounds for 20 yards.

Requires frequent:

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

  • Requires the ability to:

  • Following set procedures and standards.

  • Applying basic mathematical skills.

  • Planning work and selecting proper tools.

  • Comparing and understanding differences in the size, shape, and form of lines, figures and objects.

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

  • Following oral and written directions, plans and blueprints.

  • Ability to recognize and report safety hazards.

Work Environment:

Warehouse or lab 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. Other JSC Test Facility.

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, welder (gas & arc), plasma cutter, 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.

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