Jacobs IT Professional III - Database Administrator (Ops Engineering Support) in Kennedy Space Center, Florida

IT Professional III - Database Administrator (Ops Engineering Support)


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.

This position is considered a senior-level DBA and expected to perform independently and within a team. Senior-level DBA’s provide leadership and guidance to entry-level DBAs and work on complex systems as well as specially assigned projects.

  • Provide Record & Playback Subsystem (RPS) Ops Engineering support to Command, Control, & Communication.

  • Provide data recording, retrieval, playback, processing, displays, and analysis of ground & flight telemetry for the Space Launch System.

  • Frequent collaboration with NASA Counterpart for Validation planning, document reviews, technical system operations discussions, document generation and Problem Report reviews as needed.

  • Develop test cases to validate/revalidate RPS systems.


BS degree in a computer or system science, information technology or a related discipline from an accredited college or university and ten (10) years of progressive IT experience with focus on database administration, or an equivalent combination of relevant education/certifications and systems administration experience.

  • Knowledgeable of Data Exchange Message (DEM) packet communication.

  • Knowledgeable of Common Industrial Protocol (CIP) packet commanding and telemetry.

  • In depth knowledge of IRIG 106 standard with emphasis on chapters 4, 9, 10, and 11.

  • In depth knowledge of the IRIG time protocols as well as the NTP and PTP network time protocols.

  • Basic knowledge in space craft instrumentation technics and sensors as applied to the telemetry processing system.

  • In depth knowledge of sampling, multiplexing, and commutation technics used in various space craft and ground telemetry systems.

  • In depth knowledge of the hexadecimal, octal, and binary numbering systems.

  • Knowledgeable of signal and bit analysis as it applies to various telemetry types.

  • Basic knowledge of Ethernet networks and protocols as applied to space craft and ground telemetry systems.

  • In depth knowledge in serial communication technics used on the spacecraft as well as in the telemetry downlinks.

  • Must be able to analyze, troubleshoot, and solve complex telemetry anomalies that may occur during routine space craft or ground operations.

  • Ability to configure DEWESoft application for acquisition, DE commutation, EU conversion, distribution, and display of various telemetry types.

  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills.

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: AS0003OK