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Jacobs PLI Systems Engineer in Huntsville, Alabama

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Provide systems engineering support to the Systems Definition and Integration Branch, and the Payload Integration (PLI) Office for the development and support of Payload Integration activities and documentation. Personnel will provide engineering support for PLI interfaces with Space Launch System (SLS) elements. This position supports the PLI LSE on behalf of the Systems Design & Definition Branch (EV72) and the PLI Office.


Identify payload design options within the solution space, support trade studies, systems analyses and other activities which define optimum solutions for payload interfaces, capabilities, and their corresponding requirements.

Specific support to be provided and performed includes:

  • · Support the definition, control, and verification of SLS to payload interfaces by coordinating technical integration activities between payload developers, SLS Program Systems Engineering and Integration (SEI), SLS discipline engineers, and other NASA Stakeholders. The support will include the development of necessary integration products as defined by SLS (these may include products such as Interface Requirements/Definitions, Payload Integration Agreements, Payload Users-guides, Verification Data, Launch Site Integration Plans/Agreements, Payload Unique Designs, and Integration Lifecycle Assessments).

  • · Manage responsible products through appropriate change management processes for documents and deliverables which may include, but is not limited to interface requirements, interface control, design definition, functional schematics, trade study reports, and other technical data.

  • · Support appropriate SLS to Payload Integration Life-cycle events and activities as determined by the SLS Program. This may include supporting design reviews, integration reviews, verification reviews, safety assessments, or physical integration activities at the Launch Site, as well as Flight readiness assessments. Support may range from participating and reviewing technical products, planning for these reviews, or providing assessments and reporting outcomes of these activities.

Here’s what you’ll need :

Basic Qualifications (Required Skills/Experience)

Degree from an ABET accredited university preferred. Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a BS with at least 2 years of systems engineering and integration experience.

1 Year(s) of Experience in leading Technical Teams

Practical knowledge of mechanical and electrical systems found in satellites and other autonomous space systems.

Strong understanding on the fundamentals of space vehicle architecture and operations

Ability to provide engineering context to both technical documentation and stakeholder discussions.

Experienced in systems engineering with one or more of the following specific skills: Model Based Systems Engineering (Cameo), Requirements Management (DOORS), Verification Planning, Interface definition and planning.

Preferred Qualifications:

5 Years of Systems Engineering and integration experience.

2 Years of Experience in leading Technical Teams

Experience translating complex issues into cohesive, actionable components.

Experience building consensus, negotiating, and empowering teams to deliver results where process definitions may not yet exist or are unclear.

Experience communicating and interacting with stakeholders, customers, and/or NASA’s international partners.

Experience supporting payload programs

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 our 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.


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