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Jacobs Softgoods Engineering Technologist in Houston, Texas

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Your Impact:

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

We need your talent, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire people all over the globe. We need you to bring creative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will enable the exploration of space while benefiting people here on Earth. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on exciting challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration. Jacobs is NASA’s largest engineering solutions provider working together with NASA at centers across the United States.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Softgoods Engineering Technologist to work with JETS teammate company, Aerodyne Industries.

The Softgoods Design Technologist will:

  • Design, develop, and fabricate new and innovative functional softgoods articles for the manned spaceflight program such as stowage solutions, structural inflatables, ancillary space suit equipment, thermal blankets, and general deep space product design

  • Clearly and thoroughly present design concepts and considerations

  • Collaborate with engineers and designers to understand requirements of working on a variety of systems and hardware

  • Take ownership and show initiative to complete softgoods design tasks

  • Perform sewing machine maintenance, repair, and custom modifications to tailor the sewing machine for unique stitching operations

  • Create patterns and develop mockups for verifying fit and function of softgood articles

  • Interpret fabrication drawings to assemble sewn products, and review fabrication drawings before final release for flight fabrication

  • Seek new manufacturing techniques and innovative materials

  • Perform other duties as required

  • Occasionally travel to other NASA centers to perform softgoods fabrication and installation

  • Ability to lift and transport materials and equipment

  • Ability to work in confined spaces, scale steps and ladders

Here’s What You’ll Need:

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 from an accredited college or university and three (3) years related experience, or MS degree and two (2) years of related experience, or Ph.D. from an accredited college or university -OR- Associated technical degree or two (2) years of college with courses in engineering or associated disciplines, and twelve (12) years of related experience (or a BS degree with ten (10) years of related experience will also be acceptable). Position requires specialized and extensive knowledge of engineering principles gained through long and varied work experience in field of specialty

  • 3+ years' experience in a softgoods lab environment with emphasis in softgoods design and fabrication

  • Demonstrated capability to independently devise solutions to complex design problems by their own efforts, and by soliciting inputs from other technical experts

  • Expertise in a wide range of hands-on fabrication – sewing machines, laser cutters, fabric welders, 3D printers, band saws, drills, etc.

  • Demonstrated success working with a team

  • Proficiency utilizing Adobe, AutoCAD, and Rhino CAD software


  • BA, BFA, or BS in Industrial Design or equivalent is desired

  • Experienced in aerospace product design processes including ability to read, understand, and create fabrication drawings

  • Experienced with fabricating processes for prototyping and flight softgood products

  • Experienced in Adobe, AutoCAD, and Rhino CAD software

  • Familiar with the NASA/JSC Softgoods design and development and JETS Engineering Life Cycle processes

Why Join 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 (https://app.frame.io/presentations/225c1d41-60d8-58cc-bf8c-fd204fb246d9)

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)

  • Much, much more!

For more information on our partnership with NASA at Johnson Space Center (JSC), please visit www.wehavespaceforyou.com

  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.

  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.

  • Management 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, 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 (https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) and supplemental language (https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/eeoc_gina_supplement.pdf) .