Jacobs Orbital Debris Engineer in Houston, Texas

Orbital Debris Engineer


NASA’s Mission Operations for the International Space Station is located at Johnson Space Center. On Jacobs’ JETS contract we provide engineering services to JSC. Come join us and be a vital part of operating the largest space station ever built. We’re looking for an Orbital Debris Engineer.

The selected candidate for this role will:

  • Evaluate spacecraft and rocket body Orbital Debris Assessment Reports (ODARs) and end-of-mission plans (EOMPs).

  • Develop, document, integrate, maintain and operate computer models such as the Object Reentry Survival Analysis Tool (ORSAT).

  • Evaluate the survivability of spacecraft and rocket body components during atmospheric reentry using ORSAT and other computer models.

  • Maintain databases of yearly space launches and spacecraft and rocket body components.

  • Participate in experiments to improve models of the space debris environment and atmospheric reentry.

  • Work closely with JETS Orbital Debris Research & Science Operations (ODRSO) colleagues and NASA Orbital Debris Program Office (ODPO) customers.

  • Support and participate in technical interchange meetings.

  • Present work products to customers and counterparts (written & verbal).

  • Perform other duties as required.


Required Education/Experience/Skills:

  • 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 with structural and thermal modeling.

  • Experience with a high level computer language.

  • Must meet eligibility requirements to receive and maintain a Department of Defense (DoD) security clearance.


  • Experience with spacecraft and/or rocket body hardware design and implementation.

  • Experience with C/C , FORTRAN77/95, and Python.

  • Experience with applications, e.g. LabVIEW, MATLAB.

  • Experience with material science.

  • Experience with laboratory testing.

  • Experience with high-speed aerodynamics and aerothermodynamics.

  • Experience working as part of an interdisciplinary team.

  • Demonstration of strong communication skills.

  • Demonstration of creativity, conception, vision, and personal initiative.

Why Work for JETS?

  • Benefits

  • Tuition Reimbursement

  • Opportunities for growth and advancement

  • Much, much more!

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  • 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.

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 10 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 when required.

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. 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 background screening, drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-Texas-Houston

Req ID: AS0003OX