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Jacobs VIPER Rover Avionics Project Engineer, Command and Data Handling in Houston, Texas

VIPER Rover Avionics Project Engineer, Command and Data Handling


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!


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We are currently in need of a VIPER Rover Avionics Project Engineer, Command and Data Handling to join our team with HX5, a JETS teammate company. Do you have the following skills?

The VIPER Rover Avionics Project Engineer, Command and Data Handling will:

  • Provide design and test support in various aspects of Avionics development in support of the Robotics Systems NASA Engineering Division.

  • Provide expertise in command and data handling systems (C&DH).

  • Provide expertise in spacecraft fault management systems.

  • Work with design engineers to generate procedures for and perform analysis and verification testing of flight hardware such as TVAC, vibration, EMI, and radiation tests, in addition to EEE parts end of life (EOL) analysis.

  • Support Systems Engineers in maintaining and ensuring baseline test configuration and document any configuration changes.

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

  • Support design team in Electrical, Electronic, and Electromechanical (EEE) parts selection, connector selection, and harness design.

  • Submit purchase requisitions, interface with vendors, follow up through procurement process, and maintain records of parts inventory.

  • Generate, maintain, and report on design documentation, such as system efficiency studies, EEE parts derating assessments, radiation assessments, parts screening analyses, and Bills of Material (BOM), and subsystem plan documents.

  • Generate and maintain procedures.

  • Work in a team environment, and report to project manager for technical support, task assignment, and processes.

  • Plan and execute hardware troubleshooting to investigate mechanical and electrical failures within hardware or test support hardware.

  • Perform job functions based on pre-established guidelines or instructions.

  • Work with electrical technicians to build and test designed systems.

  • Perform other duties as required.


Required Education/Experience/Skills:

This position has been posted at multiplelevels. Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements andbusiness needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level forwhich this position has been advertised.

  • BS degree in Engineering from an accredited engineering school and at least five (5) years of related experience.

  • Working knowledge of command and data handling systems (C&DH).

  • Working knowledge of connector selection and wiring schemes for control systems.

  • Experience with test hardware such as oscilloscopes, multi-meters, logic analyzers, function generators, electronic load banks, power supplies, power analyzers.

  • Prior experience with electrical schematic entry.

  • Self-motivated, team player with adaptability to a dynamic environment and the ability to complete all assignments as required.

  • Ability to operate in an electronics lab and perform necessary troubleshooting tasks.

  • 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.

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products.


  • Experience with the design, assembly, verification, testing, and operation of spaceflight hardware.

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

  • Familiarity with NASA Quality operational procedures and requirements.

  • Experience with NASA JSC environmental test facilities

  • Experience with design for deep space radiation environment

  • Experience design and operation of mobile robots.

  • Experience with procedure development.

  • Prior experience with hardware anomaly troubleshooting and failure analysis.

  • Prior experience working and coordinating requirements with third parties/outside vendors.

  • Familiarity with common hand tools and proficiency using them to perform assembly, disassembly, and troubleshooting on electrical systems.

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

  • Prior experience with cable harness design.

  • Prior experience in design and test of analog instrumentation systems.

  • Prior experience in design and test of power supply and conditioning systems.

Why Work on Our Team?

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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 visitwww.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 and supplemental language.

Job Aerospace

Primary Location United States-Texas-Houston-20331-ESCG

Job Type Experienced

Req ID: ADV0000DK