Jacobs IT Professional II - Programmer Analyst in Kennedy Space Center, Florida

IT Professional II - Programmer Analyst


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 Ground Systems Development and Operations, and the Space Launch System, Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle programs and fulfill a specific need in supporting the Launch Control Systems team including but not limited to Software Engineering and Software Programming.

The Gateways Software Engineer position develops the universal communications software that interfaces with various Ground Support Equipment needed for processing the SLS/Orion spacecraft as well as interfacing with the avionics stack onboard the launch/crew vehicles themselves in order to process and publish the telemetry in a common form to other Launch Control Firing Room servers for use by other applications that process, monitor, and command the vehicles through assembly, testing, and launch.

  • Utilizes CMMI compliant processes to develop, modify and maintain software source code and applications.

  • Monitors the operation of assigned applications and responds to problems by diagnosing and correcting errors in logic and coding.

  • Reviews user requirements and needs for new software and performs analysis, design, implementation, installation and documentation related to new software developed and/or acquired.

  • Provide real-time troubleshooting, anomaly resolution, and system recovery as necessary

  • Assist in developing project plans and developing schedules for completion of assigned tasks.

  • Attend meetings and possibly make presentation on matters pertaining to supported applications.

  • Attend meetings and possibly make presentation on matters pertaining to supported systems.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Requires a BS degree in computer or system science, information technology, engineering or a related discipline from an accredited college or university, plus four (4) years of relevant experience, or six (6) total years of relevant experience.


Required experience with C and Java in Linux and AIX environments.


Required knowledge of software design, development, and/or testing


Preferred knowledge of real time systems (i.e. Launch/Spacecraft Command & Control, SCADA (Utility or otherwise), Remote Sensing, Telemetry, etc)


Desired experience with OS/COMET® telemetry, tracking, and command software product.


Desired experience with spaceflight operations


Ability to analyze information and problem solving


Experience with Software Development Fundamentals and Software Development Processes


Requires the ability to interpret written information and effectively communicate verbally and in writing.


Technical documentation skills


Excellent organizational, project management and time management skills


Ability to break down complex concepts and data and make them accessible to others


Ability to produce consistent positive results with minimal direction and supervision


Ability to prioritize and execute in a fast-paced environment with varying requirements and deadlines


Ability to work both independently and in a team environment.


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

Essential Functions

Physical Requirements

  • 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

  • Work will mainly be done inside, but fieldwork can be a combination of outside and inside depending on the project.

  • Working at heights and in confined spaces may be required.

  • 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 will 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 may be used.


  • 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: AS00042G