Jacobs Engineer IV - Mechanical Structure & GSE Design in Kennedy Space Center, Florida

Engineer IV - Mechanical Structure & GSE Design


Jacobs Technology provides overall management and implementation of ground systems capabilities, flight hardware processing and launch operations at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. These tasks will support the International Space Station, Ground Systems Development and Operations, and the Space Launch System, Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and Launch Services programs.

  • Depending on the project type, this can vary from conceptual design to revisions of existing designs and modifications to mechanical structure, fluid/pneumatic panels, Ground Support Equipment (GSE) and major projects such as Mobile Launcher (ML) activation and ML subsystems trouble shooting.

  • Duties also include understanding of all essential design in the field of High Pressure Systems with engineering documentation and components required for a complete and viable commercial construction package.

  • Perform preliminary Structural analysis using computer based tools and/or hand calculations

  • Responsible for planning, cost development, management, and scheduling for assigned projects.

  • Conduct system tests, collect and analyze data on equipment performance, provide final acceptance testing report. Troubleshoot equipment/system anomalies.

  • Write operations, maintenance, repair, and special test procedures. Guide technicians through repair procedures and system operations. Perform maintenance tracking and closed-loop accounting of system requirements.

  • Provide technical engineering direction for the Mechanical Engineering Department to include technical procedure development and operational support.

  • This person will be a recognized professional authority in a specialty area and be capable of solving major problems in a narrow specialty field or over a broad scope of specialties.

  • Exercises a high degree of originality and sound judgment in formulating, evaluating, and correlating broad engineering/scientific concepts, guiding the analysis of unique problems, and developing new and improved techniques and methods.

  • Must have ability to successfully interface with client representatives and manage completion of tasks on schedule and within budget to the customer's satisfaction.

  • Duties may also include oversight of construction activities to validate compliance with contract documents. Must be well organized, extremely flexible and capable of juggling multiple priorities simultaneously.

  • Work shall assure that facilities operate in a safe and appropriate manner and comply with all federal, state and local codes/regulations.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


MS or PhD degree in Mechanical, Aerospace, or Ocean Engineering from an ABET accredited engineering school plus ten (10) to fifteen (15) years of progressive and relevant experience. Additional relevant education may be substituted for a portion of the experience.

  • A minimum of 10 years of experience with GSE design, operations and development desired.

  • Knowledge of industry codes and standards, Engineering Orders (EOs), Interface Control Documents (ICD), tooling and fixtures for testing is required.

  • With limited guidance, must be capable of utilizing engineering disciplines and analysis to gather data throughout the operation of a system and write technical disposition to restore the system to drawing specifications.

  • Experience with ProE modeling and drafting within Windchill, geometric dimensioning and tolerance and Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) is required.

  • Excellent communication, presentation and customer interface skills required

  • Ability to work effectively and cooperatively in a team environment.

  • Must be able to coordinate work between multiple project disciplines.

  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects without missing deadlines or sacrificing accuracy.

  • Must be self-motivated, demonstrate initiative, and be able to work independently or with minimal supervision

  • Must have the ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, if necessary.

  • May be required to provide guidance to less experienced engineers.

Essential Functions

Physical Requirements

  • Will be required to climb stairs in order to access equipment for trouble shooting.

  • Will be required to wear hearing protection, eye protection and other associated personal protective equipment.

  • Position may involve extended periods of sitting or standing.

  • Physical requirements are: sitting, walking, standing, extensive use of stairs, and access to remote structures.

  • Position is located on a hazardous testing facility; must be able to quickly evacuate buildings in the event of an emergency.

Work Environment

  • Will be required to work inside and outside throughout the test complex.

  • Position may require daily individual to travel to different areas on site.

  • Walking on uneven terrain including paved areas, gravel/rocks, and dirt/sand is required to access various locations on the facility.

  • Climbing ladders and platforms may be necessary.

  • All work must be completed in a safe manner in accordance with NASA and Company

  • safety standards.

Equipment and Machines

  • Computers and printers used for producing reports and schedules.

  • Variety of equipment used in testing.


  • Full-time regular work hours between Monday-Friday.

  • Position may require occasional overtime including weekend work depending on task.

  • Must be dependable and punctual.

  • Shift work may be required.

Other Essential Functions

  • Must be able to accurately communicate ideas in writing and verbal communication.

  • Must be able to travel to support position requirements. This may include travel to and from customer location, which may involve airline travel. In some cases, accommodations can be made for POV, if necessary.

  • Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

  • Must comply with all “drug free workplace” requirements as mandated by directives issued by the appropriate federal contracting officer and the company, which requires drug testing for use of illegal drugs by employees in sensitive positions.

  • Government security clearance may be required in the future.

  • Must maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner that fosters good relations with customers, clients, co-workers, and management.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity Employer and employment selection decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. Jacobs does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of: race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by country, regional, or local law.

Primary Location United States-Florida-Kennedy Space Center

Req ID: AS0003O5