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Jacobs On-orbit (exo-atmospheric) Flight Control Engineer in Houston, Texas

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

We need your commitment to help achieve great things that inspire humans all over the globe. We need your creative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help envision, shape, and provide systems to 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 pursuits for NASA's deep space exploration. Jacobs is one of the largest engineering solutions provider working with NASA at centers across the United States.

We have the unique 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 transport astronauts into deep space, 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 systems on the ISS to help astronauts live and work in space; to performing advanced development for systems supporting 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.

Our long-term client relationship with NASA has led to a need for an On-orbit (exo-atmospheric) Flight Control Engineer to join our team with Barrios Technology, Inc ., a JETS Teammate company.

The On-orbit Flight Control Engineer will perform control system development, simulation and math modeling, and performance analysis to support the Orion Orbit Controls team. You will work with the European Service Module (ESM) propulsion system (understanding Prop constraints and limitations), external subsystems to understand vehicle limitations such as thermal constraint, solar array limitations, vehicle modal response, and other considerations such as multiple vehicle configurations. You will work with the Vehicle Integration Office (VIO) to understand cross-program and system level interfaces.

You will:

  • Assist in the development, verification and validation of on-orbit flight control algorithms and system architecture for the Orion spacecraft.

  • Support the development, verification, and integration of Orion 6-DOF simulations and associated math models.

  • Participate in the flight control performance analysis of Orion on-orbit operations in an integrated GN&C environment.

  • Resolve GN&C performance related issues and assist others in the resolution of issues.

  • Formally document the results of all V&V and analysis activities.

  • Closely work with the NASA customer along with multiple NASA support contractors.

  • Perform other tasks assigned.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Desired Education/Experience:

The position is posted at multiple levels. Depending on your experience, requirements and our needs , we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position is advertised.

  • BS degree in engineering from an accredited engineering school and five (5) years of related engineering experience, or a MS degree from an accredited engineering school and four (4) years of related engineering experience, or Ph.D. from an accredited engineering school and zero (0) years of related experience.

  • Experience developing flight control algorithms for spacecraft using classical control theory including 3-DOF control, 6-DOF control, rate damping, and maneuver reasoning.

  • Knowledge of systems engineering impacts that guide constraints on the control system.

  • Expertise with MATLAB and Simulink toolboxes.

  • Experience developing and validating simulation math models.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to work with employees at all levels such as NASA civil servants and multiple contractor employees.

Requisition Preferences:

  • MS in Aerospace Engineering with a focus on GN&C, flight controls, systems engineering.

  • Systems Engineering background.

  • Experience with LINUX, Python, C++.

Why Work on Our Team?

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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, please visit www.wehavespaceforyou.com

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

  • Administration 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, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a drug-free workplace.

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.