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Jacobs Materials Engineer in Huntsville, Alabama

Materials 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.

Position Description:

This position is part of the Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) support to the NASA EM31 Materials & Failure Analysis team under the Engineering Services and Science Capability Augmentation (ESSCA) contract to the NASA MSFC Engineering Directorate.


The position's primary responsibilities are to provide metallurgy and materials engineering support to provide insight into the development, manufacture, and testing of the NASA Human Landing System (HLS) with key independent analysis of high risk areas. Support includes the following:


  • Formal product reviews.

  • Life cycle reviews.

  • Risk reviews.

  • Commercial partner feedback to improve products.

  • Risk insight to minimize likely failures.

  • Assure vendor/sub-vendor compliance with process standards through spot checks.

  • Evaluation of lower lever verifications for concurrence with partner-driven, high-level verifications.

The selected candidate will serve as the focal point for team HLS activities and will provide professional, consultation, technical and engineering skill services (including innovative approaches where appropriate) to resolve unprecedented/complex problems pertaining to design, development, analysis, integration, evaluation, testing, and verification of systems, subsystems, and components. The selected candidate will initiate and maintain extensive contacts with key engineers/scientists and officials of other organizations and companies, requiring skill in deliberating, advising, advocating, and negotiating resolution of critical issues.



Degree in metallurgical or materials engineering or related field is required. Degree from an ABET accredited university preferred. Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a minimum of a Ph.D. with 9 years’ experience, an M.S. with at least 13 years of experience or a B.S. with at least 15 years of experience.

The selected candidate must possess and maintain a valid driver's license, automobile liability insurance and successfully complete a company defensive driving training class.

The selected candidate must have demonstrated experience developing and optimizing manufacturing processes for constructing metallic aerospace hardware with a focus on the physical understanding of metallurgical processes and how they affect the microstructure and related mechanical properties. Previous experience working with NASA-STD-6016, “Standard Materials and Processes Requirements for Spacecraft” is desired. If not experienced with this standard, experience with similar aerospace industry standards is required.

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%) and metallurgical laboratories 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%). Requires travel in the domestic USA (<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 (15%). Also, requires sitting for extended periods of time at a desk to write reports and perform engineering tasks (35%). Requires standing, sitting and walking environment with hazards that require wearing safety glasses, gloves and/or protective clothing to perform some operations (60%). Work will be performed at NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (100%). Requires ability to use stairs or elevators for access between floors and multiple buildings at NASA and Jacobs facilities (10%). Positions can require lifting and/or maneuvering materials and/or equipment weighing up to 40 lbs.

Equipment and Machines:

Requires ability to operate a personal computer, a telephone, fax machine, copier, calculator, and other general office equipment (100%). The selected candidate must be able to obtain and maintain permission to operate customer-owned vehicles for the purpose of moving materials in support of work activities. Requires ability to operate standard metallurgical analysis equipment such as cutting tools, metallurgical mounting equipment, grinding and polishing equipment, laboratory equipment, metallurgical optical microscopes and cameras, hardness testing equipment, metallurgical analysis instruments, laboratory data reporting systems, etc. (50%). The selected candidate must possess and maintain a valid driver's license and automobile liability insurance, and successfully complete a company defensive driving training class.


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: AER0004SD