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Jacobs Structural Dynamics Test Engineer 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 Structural Dynamics Test Engineer to join our team the Operations & Test Division.

The Structural Dynamics Test Engineer will:

  • Perform all associated duties as a Structural Test Engineer, as allowed by certification, for a myriad of testing supporting the Structural Engineering Division at JSC

  • Direct, coordinate, and exercise functional authority for planning, organizing, control, integration, and completion of structural dynamics qualification, acceptance, and engineering evaluation tests for NASA flight hardware and non-flight hardware to satisfy NASA system requirements

  • Perform all functional duties of a Structural Test Engineer to include requirements definition, test planning and development, assisting customers with facility interface requirements, evaluating customer provided test fixtures, scheduling & coordination with internal & external support agencies, cost estimation, risk assessment & mitigation, instrumentation and mechanical test buildup design & approval, control system and data system setup and programming, directing test execution, and summary reporting

  • Perform instrumentation design and setup, data acquisition and test coordination in support of structural testing

  • Develop advanced analytical and test techniques for structural design and evaluation

  • Offer technical consultation and advice in formulating and assessing test plans, procedures, objectives and success criteria that contribute to the construction and execution of test programs for development, qualification, and acceptance of structures

  • Provide real-time monitoring of test execution and contribute to the evaluation and resolution of any test issues or anomalies

  • Develop test documentation to include plans, detailed test procedures, hazard analyses, emergency procedures, area notifications, schedules, test manning & certification documents, closeout summary reports, and customer data packages

  • Develop and brief presentations regarding test readiness to the Test Readiness Review Board

  • Assist with test fixture design and perform various duties in support of structures test laboratory facility maintenance and operations as required

  • Maintain credibility and good customer rapport, as required, to perform successfully as a structural dynamics test engineer

  • Adhere to appropriate safety, quality, and environmental practice, as well as business ethics practices

  • Serves as project manager for major test buildups to include schedule integration and budget tracking

  • Develop recovery plans and corrective actions to overcome challenges

  • Overcome off-nominal conditions and adverse situations while maintaining tests and projects on schedule and budget

  • Work shifts outside of normal business hours and on weekends, as required, to support customer project schedules

  • Perform other duties as required

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Requisition Qualifications:

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.

  • Requires a bachelor's degree in Engineering and a minimum of 2 - 5 years of experience in the field or in a related area

  • Strong background in data acquisition systems

  • Strong background in structures testing

  • Must have proven experience exemplifying strong leadership qualities and exceptional oral and written communication skills

  • Must demonstrate the ability and desire to take charge of situations under adverse conditions.

  • Must be proficient with Microsoft Office applications including Microsoft Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Requisition Preferences:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace, or Structural Engineering or Engineering Technology preferred

  • Experience in vibration and/or static loads testing is preferred. Experience in coupled loads analysis (CLA) and/or structural dynamics analysis (random vibration, modal, acoustics, and transient) is a plus

  • Prior experience with project planning, scheduling as well as post-test data processing and compilation of post test data packages is preferred

  • Experience with Spectral Dynamics JAGUAR Shaker Control and Analysis systems and Bruel & Kjaer (B&K) data acquisition systems and or AERO ST load control systems is a plus

  • Experience with Nastran, IDEAS, and MATLAB or other similar analysis tool is a plus

  • Prior experience with hydraulic load control systems, structural and thermal vacuum testing, and electronic circuit design and build-up

  • A background in testing, and/or in working in a stressful, high visibility work environment is desirable

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!

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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), when applicable

  • 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 may be 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.

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