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Jacobs Blast and Debris Engineer in Huntsville, Alabama

Blast and Debris Engineer


Jacobs leads the global professional services sector delivering solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. With $15.0 billion in combined revenue and a talent force more than 77,000 strong, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of services including scientific, technical, professional, construction- and program-management for business, industrial, commercial, government and infrastructure sectors. For more information, visit www.jacobs.com

Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) is comprised of 10 companies and is located at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL (ranked #11 in Best Places to Live by U.S. News). JSEG has been a primary contractor for NASA since 1989 and supports marquee NASA programs, including the Space Launch System, International Space Station, space optics fabrication, earth and space sciences and advanced propulsion system development. As a partner in NASA’s next generation of space exploration, our jobs are literally history in the making.

The blast and debris team uses testing and analysis to define the underlying physics and the resulting environments induced by the catastrophic break up of a launch vehicle during ascent. This includes testing approximately 40% of the time. The model is then used to support computational tools or analysis that can be applied to unique vehicle configurations including the launch vehicle and crew modules and pad configurations. The model will be general but will be also developed to specifically support the SLS design/configuration.


A Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering discipline synergistic with space vehicle design (e.g., aerospace, electrical, mechanical, physics, propulsion, engineering science, chemical, etc.) is required. Degree from an ABET accredited institution is preferred. Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a Masters with at least 3 years of experience, or BS with at least 5 years of experience.

Required Skills:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • The ability to acquire certifications to handle propellants and explosives as well as operate hydrogen and high-pressure systems.

  • Ability to present testing and modeling results to NASA centers and personnel

  • Capability to sort, catalog, and analyze debris from launch vehicle failures for input into empirical models.

  • Familiarity with the design and fabrication of experimental test apparatus and structures.

  • Knowledge and experience in the production and processing of documentation required for test operations such as Safety Assessments, Standard Operating Procedures, and Test Readiness Reviews.

  • Familiar with the use and application of Computer-Aided Design Software CREO Parametric and its application in a testing environment.

  • Ability to perform first-order engineering calculations for the purpose of designing tests equipment.

  • Ability to develop and apply physics-based models for the prediction of thermal environments, blast and debris environments, pressure vessel ruptures, and propellant explosions.

  • Skills with numerical computing environments such as MATLAB and Mathcad and their application to modeling and simulation.

Preferred Skills:

  • Experience with empirical modeling and the physics of the effects of explosive blasts on structures is preferred. Experience testing gaseous. Hydrogen/Oxygen, Methane/Oxygen, and Kerosene/Liquid Oxygen.

  • Practical experience with data acquisitions systems such as National Instruments cDAQ and associated LabVIEW software.

  • Experience designing, testing and measuring explosive environments including blast waves and high-speed imagery for the development of empirical blast and fragmentation models.

Desired Skills:

  • Proficiency with the installation and use of sensing elements such as pressure transducers, strain gauges, thermocouples and high-speed cameras.

  • Experience handling explosives, cryogenic liquids, flammable gasses, and high-pressure systems.

The Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) offers a partnership in which you can grow personally and professionally within a framework of strong leadership, competitive compensation, and rewarding career paths. Come join our team on the Engineering Services and Science Capability Augmentation (ESSCA) contract whose work is destined to have a long-range effect on future generations!

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Essential Functions

Work Environment

Office environment. Requires ability to provide clear, concise, accurate and timely communication, both verbally and in writing (100%). Requires ability to interact professionally with co-workers, management, and client (100%). Requires travel in the domestic USA (<15%).

Physical Requirements

Requires sitting for extended periods of time in meetings with peers, management, and with our client at NASA facilities to discuss technical issues (10%). Also, requires sitting for extended periods of time at a desk to write reports and perform engineering tasks (80%). Requires ability to use stairs or elevators for access between floors and multiple buildings at NASA and Jacobs facilities (10%).

Equipment and Machines

Requires ability to operate a personal computer, a telephone, fax machine, copier, calculator, and other general office equipment (100%).


Normal workday is from 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Minimal overtime may be required (10%) to meet schedule milestones and to support technical demands of the job. Regular attendance is a necessity and adequate arrangements for delegating duties during absences are required.

Other Essential Functions

The ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and to make rational decisions, and to exercise good judgment is essential (100%). Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

Proof of U.S. Citizenship is required.


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.

Job Engineering

Primary Location United States-Alabama-Huntsville-20320-MSFC

Job Type Experienced

Req ID: AER0004SJ