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Jacobs Test Director in Houston, Texas

Your Impact:

Challenging Today. Reinventing Tomorrow.

We're invested in you and your success. Everything we do is more than just a project. It's our challenge as human beings, too. That's why we bring a thoughtful and collaborative approach to every one of our partnerships.

At Jacobs, we challenge the status quo and redefine how to solve the world's greatest challenges, transforming big ideas into intelligent solutions for a more connected, sustainable world.

Design your career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow.

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 Test Director to join our team with the Operations & Test Division.

As a Test Director, you will:

  • Perform all associated duties as a test director, as allowed by certification, for a myriad of testing supporting the Crew and Thermal Systems Division at JSC.

  • Direct, coordinate, and exercise functional authority for planning, organizing, control, integration, and completion of tests to satisfy NASA system requirements.

  • Perform all functional duties of a test director to include requirements definition, test planning and development, scheduling & coordination with internal & external support agencies, cost estimation, risk assessment & mitigation, test buildup design & approval, directing test execution, and summary reporting.

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

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

  • Maintain credibility and good customer rapport, as required, to perform successfully as a test director.

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

  • Serve 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 long-duration tests.

  • 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 with experience in the field or in a related area.

  • Requires experience in a leadership role directing the work of others.

  • 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.

Requisition Preferences:

  • Degree in Electrical, Mechanical, or Aerospace Engineering.

  • Experience in thermal-vacuum testing or other environmental testing is ideal.

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

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 (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), 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.

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.