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Jacobs PCB Designer - NASA Avionics Systems in Houston, Texas

PCB Designer - NASA Avionics Systems


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!


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We are currently in need of a PCB Designer - NASA Avionics Systems to join our team. Do you have the following skills?

The PCB Designer - NASA Avionics Systems will:

  • Report directly to the Electronics and Electrical Section Manager as part of group of over 50 other Electronics and Electrical Engineers and Designers.

  • Provide printed circuit board design support to various projects at the NASA Johnson Space Center Engineering Divisions.

  • Create multilayer PCB designs and layout using Altium Designer.

  • Work with Electrical Engineers to implement desired design packages.

  • Work with Mechanical Engineers and Designers to implement desired packaging plans.

  • Perform the implementation of analog, digital, high frequency, matched differential pairs, and high power circuitry, utilizing through hole and surface mount technologies.

  • Create Gerber data and package all files for fabrication.

  • Create PCB footprints for the master library by interpreting manufacturer's data sheets.

  • Document and archive schematic diagrams, PCB assembly drawings, PCB mechanical support drawings, and wiring harness drawings.

  • Work with vendor manufacturers to communicate and provide clarity during PCB fabrication.

  • Perform other duties as required and assigned.


Required Education/Experience/Skills:

  • Certification of two (2)years training from a vocational training school or two (2) years of collegewith courses relevant to drafting or engineering principles, plus an additionalsix (6) years of relevant experience. Additional relevant education may besubstituted for a portion of the progressive experience.

  • In-depth experience,proficiency and knowledge of Altium Designer.

  • Detailed knowledge ofIPC standards ( such as IPC-2222 and IPC-2221A).


  • IPC CID Certification

  • Experience with otherprinted circuit board design packages such as PADS, Mentor Graphics, ORCADCapture etc.

  • Experience and knowledgewith impedance control and matching, differential pairs, buried capacitance,EMI control, high frequency applications etc.

  • Familiarity with NASAand or Military design/drawing standards.

  • Working knowledge ofhigh power applications and design for thermal management.

  • Extensive experiencewith various form factors and specifications including but not limited to PCIe,PCI, VME etc.

  • Experience with layoutof multi-pin fine pitch and ball grid components.

  • Working knowledge of thePCB fabrication and assembly processes.

  • Knowledge and skill indrafting methods, procedures and techniques required.

  • Must have the ability toproduce drawings conforming to ASM Y14.5 using AutoCad and or Pro/E.

  • Proficient in MS Officeprograms, particularly MS Project, Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.

  • Excellent communicationand organizational skills and the ability to work in a team environment.

Why Work for Jacobs?

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

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)

  • 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.

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 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, 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 and supplemental language.

Job Aerospace

Primary Location United States-Texas-Houston-20331-ESCG

Job Type Experienced

Req ID: ADV0000CC