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Jacobs Drafting and Operations Technician - SLS IATF Labs in Huntsville, Alabama

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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.

Position Description:

This requisition is hiring for a position that will support both the Engineering Drafting sub-team and the Lab Operations sub-team. Candidates for this position will have a minimum of 4 years relevant work experience.

The selected candidate will support the NASA Space Launch System (SLS) Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) labs, and System Emulator equipment from Marshall Space Flight center in Huntsville Alabama. The HWIL labs include the System Integration and Test Facility (SITF), Systems Integration Laboratory (SIL), and multiple Software Development Facilities (SDFs) used to verify the integrated avionics and software systems for the SLS rocket. Collectively these labs are known as the Integrated Avionics Test Facilities (IATF). The System Emulators replicate key system level functions and functional interfaces for NASA manned space flight systems integration activities in various locations across the United States. All of these labs and emulators include numerous real-time software models integrated with electrical/avionics systems to achieve detailed simulation of the SLS rocket.

Work will be performed for the Avionics and Ground Systems Test Branch (ES53) of the SLS program at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This branch is responsible for maintenance, fabrication, integration, operation, assembly, and testing of project hardware and software in support of the noted SLS labs and system emulators.

This technician position will split time between two functional areas – Engineering Drafting, and Lab Operations.

With the Engineering Drafting sub-team, primary responsibilities include:

  • Generates 2D models of parts and assemblies to ensure well-documented lab design.

  • Create, check and maintain design drawings for engineering labs.

  • Design drawings include (but not limited to) 1) Structures for mounting electrical/electronic equipment, 2) computer equipment assemblies, 3) Cable Interconnect drawings, 4) 19” rack layout drawings

  • Prepare design drawings in accordance with ASME Y14.100 and related standards.

  • Receive and implement redline changes to existing design drawings

  • Other responsibilities may be assigned as needed

With the Lab Operations sub-team, primary responsibilities include:

  • Support systems integration functions

  • Support software/hardware integration troubleshooting and problem resolution

  • Develop and execute test plans and procedures

  • Enter or update documentation into appropriate control systems

  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure products meet performance goals

These activities will be ongoing as the SLS program completes program phases, reviews and schedule milestones, and as the SLS Launch Vehicle architecture evolves.

Here’s What You’ll Need:


Typically, educational requirement is a High School diploma or GED or equivalent; and at least 4 years of experience and continuing education, or an Associate's Degree.

Requirements and Required Skills:

  • Minimum of 4 years professional experience

  • Proficient in 2D CAD design

  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products (Visio, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

  • Experience in electronic hardware assembly and test

  • Strong written and oral technical communication skills – must be able to clearly define and describe a technical subject to peers across various engineering disciplines.

  • Strong task organization skills – ability to self-manage multiple tasks competing for time and attention, and achieve need dates for all assigned tasks

  • Ability to perform all above identified Primary Responsibilities

Desired experience includes one or more of the following in order of significance:

Engineering Drafting sub-team:

  • Knowledge of, and experience performing all above identified Primary Responsibilities

  • Knowledge of engineering drawing standards and ability to use these standards in practice. Engineering drawing standards include:

  • ASME Y14.24 – Types and Applications of Engineering Drawings

  • ASME Y14.100 – Engineering Drawing Practices

  • Avionics Systems design, integration & test. Know how to read and interpret avionics architecture diagrams, cable interconnect diagrams, and associated system schematics

  • Experience with PTC Creo CAD Software

Lab Operations sub-team:

  • Experience in troubleshooting flight like bus interfaces such as MIL-STD 1553B, RS422, RS485, etc. in support of launch vehicle avionics HWIL systems integration and test

  • Experience in computer rack development, buildup, installation and troubleshooting

  • Experience with cable routing and cable testing

  • Experience writing and executing test procedures, performing electrical fabrication and assembly based on verbal or written input, and performing troubleshooting of hardware installations

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:

General office environment (50%), lab environment (50%). 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%). Travel may be necessary, but infrequent (<5%).

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%). Requires sitting at a desk to write reports and perform engineering task activities (10%). Requires walking, standing, lifting, bending in a lab environment with hazards that require wearing safety glasses, hearing protection, foot protection, and gloves to perform some operations (80%). Work will be performed on-site at NASA/ Marshall Space Flight Center (100%).

Equipment and Machines:

Requires ability to operate a personal computer, a telephone, fax machine, copier, calculator, and other general office equipment (100%). Requires the ability to operate materials test equipment (50%).


Normal workday is from 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Overtime during the week and weekends may be required to meet schedules (50% max). Regular attendance and punctuality are mandatory for meetings and other planned occasions. (100%). Regular attendance is a necessity and adequate arrangements for delegating duties during absences are required.

Other Essential Functions:

The ability to communicate effectively and work with minimal supervision 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.


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