Jacobs Senior Manufacturing Engineering Technologist in Houston, Texas

Senior Manufacturing Engineering Technologist


NASA's Mission Operations for the International Space Station is located at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, TX.

On Jacobs' JETS Contract we providescience and engineering services, digital solutions, and operations support and products for all major NASA programs. These NASA programs include the International Space Station, Orion, and several other space science and technology development projects. The contract also covers curation and research on the various astromaterials brought to earth from the moon, other planets, and interstellar space.

Jacobs is currently seeking a Senior Manufacturing Engineering Technologist to join the team

The Senior Manufacturing Engineering Technologist will:

  • Provide expertise and experience in manufacturing engineering to lead and drive innovations throughout the manufacturing facility, enhancing manufacturing technical operations.

  • Manage a variety of small to large and complex projects, including flight and non-flight hardware, GSE, Test support and commercialization projects.

  • Perform manufacturing process development and new equipment research and installation.

  • Serve as liaison between Customers, NASA, Projects, Design, and others for project definition, scope, changes and revisions.

  • Coordinate manufacturing efforts from early design through manufacturing and assembly.

  • Evaluate part designs for cost effective manufacturing and successful assembly.

  • Identify long lead materials and fasteners and assist in procurement to preserve project schedules.

  • Estimate manufacturing/shop processing times for a variety of parts and assemblies for planning and scheduling purposes.

  • Assist in materials and hardware procurement process.

  • Track design projects from initiation, and assess project readiness to enter the manufacturing phase.

  • Clarify customer requests and coordinate the input of project requirements into Manufacturing.

  • Generate and negotiate drawing release schedules between the Customer and Manufacturing.

  • Coordinate manufacturing activities with shop floor and outside vendors.

  • Monitor progress of Customer requests through Manufacturing.

  • Communicate with Project Engineers on drawing updates/redlines and corrections.

  • Provide status to and coordinate priority changes with the project team and/or Customer.

  • Perform project management for quality, cost and delivery.

  • Develop assembly procedures and processes, including alternative assembly methods.

  • Identify hardware and special tooling requirements for assembly operations.

  • Integrate project requirements into manufacturing and assembly schedules.

  • Develop and update applicable engineering standards and manufacturing process documents, such as Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Process Specifications (PRCs), and Detailed Processing Instructions (DPIs).

  • Provide manufacturing engineering support for Design for Manufacturability (DFM), Best Practices and facility process capabilities.

  • Incorporate process and equipment improvements to support cost competitiveness and overall efficiency, such as developing and documenting the work flow of Off-line CAM programming to machining.

  • Research materials and develop in-house processes to introduce new capabilities into the Shop or for environmental compliance.

  • Identify manufacturing needs and research equipment to enhance overall JSC Manufacturing capabilities.

  • Perform breakeven analysis of in-house equipment to determine upgrade verses new purchase.

  • Develop purchasing requirements for procurements of new manufacturing equipment.

  • Coordinate the delivery and installation of the equipment assuring compliance with all JSC safety policies.

  • Coordinate training and final checkout of personnel.

  • Support compliance for safety and all procedures, policies, OSHA, environmental & JSC regulations.

  • Support management & meet deliverables as required.

  • Ability to create and present professional presentations.

  • Attend technical seminars or technical tool shows to maintain expertise in advanced technology.

  • Perform other duties as required.


Required Education/Experience/Skills:

  • BS degree from an accredited college or university and ten (10) years of direct experience, or a MS degree from an accredited college or university and eight (8) years of direct experience, or Ph.D. and four (4) years of direct experience.

  • Excellent verbal communication and written presentation skills, as well as excellent interpersonal skills.

  • Demonstrated experience and effectiveness in leading and managing a high performing team.

  • Effectively organize, manage and prioritize responsibilities for multiple projects with overlapping schedule demands.

  • Experience in a manufacturing environment with emphasis in CNC, lathes, mills, and sheet metal fabrication.

  • Strong computer skills and experience in utilizing software tools such as ACAD, ProE, Microsoft Word and Excel, Office, Outlook, and Project.

  • Able to make independent, technical and tactical decisions with a high attentiveness to detail.


  • 10 - 15 years of experience in a manufacturing environment with emphasis in CNC, lathes, mills, and sheet metal fabrication.

  • Mechanical, Industrial, or Manufacturing degree and ten years of experience in the field.

  • Experience with machining, sheet metal fabrication, welding, and composites manufacturing.

  • Experience in Aerospace, Defense or Automotive manufacturing environment.

  • A familiarity with the NASA/JSC hardware development and Engineering Life Cycle processes.

  • A working knowledge of the NASA/JSC drawing system JSC 8500, the Engineering Drawing Control Center (EDCC) and Design and Data Management System (DDMS).

  • Familiarity of quality procedures and documentation for Class 1 Flight Hardware, including material test reports, certificates of compliance, and heat treat and other quality records

Why Work for JETS?

  • 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!

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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: AS00047S