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Jacobs Project Engineer - NASA Parachute Airdrop Testing Project in Houston, Texas

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Your Impact:

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!

** We are actively searching for qualified candidates for this potential opening, however we do not have assurance at this time if and when the position will be finalized and opened. Because we have strong reason to believe the position will be approved soon, we are proceeding with identifying qualified candidates and conducting interviews**

We are currently in need of Project Engineer - NASA Parachute Airdrop Testing Project to join our team with ERC, Inc., a JETS teammate company. Do you have the following skills?

The Project Engineer - NASA Parachute Airdrop Testing Project will:

  • Coordinate the parachute integration process, including development of plans, procedures, checklists, test support equipment, instrumentation, pyrotechnics, and parachute integration for the test article.

  • Develop and execute technical test procedures to ensure proper function of various avionics systems.

  • Process and interpret quality of test data to include load sensors, impact sensors, GNSS, battery characterization and recorded video.

  • Generate essential paperwork and documents for tasks assigned, such as Task Performance Sheets (TPS), Discrepancy Reports (DR), and Detailed Test Procedures (DTP), as needed.

  • Interface with test aircraft personnel and test range.

  • Coordinate and execute test requirements outlined by the parachute project team.

  • Implement test plan and schedule, supervise test preparation, build up, and test execution.

  • Maintain and ensure baseline test configuration and documents any configuration changes.

  • Confirm workmanship is performed in accordance with test procedures and checklists.

  • Participate in daily status meetings of test coordination, buildup, and integration.

  • Draft test plans and procedures for operation of test articles.

  • Work in a team environment and report to a project lead/manager to provide status on progress and issues and for support.

  • Maintain a professional relationship with the NASA customer and other NASA support contractors.

  • Forklift certification may be required with training provided by employer.

  • Crane certification may be required with training provided by employer.

  • Able to perform duties at Jacobs Facility in Arizona ( 2 weeks of travel per month) during test campaigns. Test campaigns are expected to occur 3-4 times per year.

  • Perform other duties as required.

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.

  • BS degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, Computer, or Electrical Engineering from an accredited engineering school.

  • Able to perform duties at Jacobs Facility in Houston, TX and Yuma, Arizona ( 2 weeks of travel per month during test campaigns).

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.

  • Experience working in a team environment.

  • Ability to prepare written documents and to verbally present at various meetings.

  • Must have the ability to visualize and work with complex mechanical/electrical systems and work with others in problem solving as part of a team.

  • Must be able to organize and prioritize tasks in order to meet deadlines and schedules with limited supervision.

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products.

Requisition Preferences:

  • Co-op or Intern experience at JSC or other NASA center.

  • Experience with parachute analysis, pre-test planning, and drop test reconstruction.

  • Experience with NASA JSC Flight Hardware Life Cycle, Certification, and Engineering processes.

  • Understanding of requirements flow down through verification closeout.

  • Familiarity with documentation databases and share point sites.

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 at https://app.frame.io/presentations/225c1d41-60d8-58cc-bf8c-fd204fb246d9

Jacobs Aerospace Solutions Overview at https://app.frame.io/presentations/dc04b01f-c3bd-46ad-88c9-95a4917fd985

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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 at http://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 at https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf and supplemental language. at https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migratedfiles/employers/eeocgina_supplement.pdf

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