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Jacobs Mechanical Engineer - Hypergolics in Kennedy Space Center, Florida

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Your Impact:

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 Exploration Ground Systems, Space Launch System, Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, International Space Station, and Launch Services Programs.

• Perform hazardous and non-hazardous fluid operations primarily for spacecraft hypergolic propellant loading.

• Responsible for developing plans, writing work authorization documents, leading Task Teams, creating GFAS for the firing room console interaction with the hardware, and executing tests and SLS/Artemis upper stage processing operations.

• This position is considered entry level [Engineer I] or intermediate level [for Engineer II] and will work under the guidance and direction of an experienced engineer. Engineer III would be considered senior level and would be expected to be able to work autonomously and provide guidance and mentorship for junior engineers.

• Perform mechanical engineering tasks in support of a variety of spacecraft to include the Orion Crew Module (CM), Service Module (SM), Interim Cryogenic Propulsion System (ICPS), future upper stages for the SLS launch system, and Launch Services Program (LSP) payloads.

• Candidate will support preparations for assembly, test, processing, and launch of NASA's Launch Services Program spacecraft, SLS processing, and Orion Crew Module.

• Initial assignments will focus developing an understanding of the mechanical fluid systems for hypergolic systems (Hypers) used by the group and concept of system operations. Assignments may include software coding for the Ground Flight Application Software (GFAS) as it relates to launch countdown and testing for Hypers firing room console displays. Additional responsibilities in related issues and problem resolution will follow.

• Assignments will include preparing ground support equipment (GSE) with technicians for mechanical fluid hypergolic systems, and other fluids related engineering systems in compliance with approved drawings, specifications, and applicable pressure vessel safety standards. Thorough knowledge of flight hardware servicing and mechanical integration will be obtained.

• Candidates will be required to develop and apply knowledge of technical principles for the SLS/Artemis upper stage processing operations concepts, ground to vehicle interfaces, vehicle/ground system design and operation, Ground Flight Application Software (GFAS), and launch configuration and closeouts.

• Additional responsibilities in spacecraft processing, procedural development, test requirements, system training and task leader certification will follow.

• Perform other duties as assigned

Here’s What You’ll Need:

*May be filled at a higher level based on recent/relevant experience*

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical, Chemical, or Aerospace Engineering degree or related engineering/technical discipline from an accredited engineering school. Advanced technical degrees may count towards experience, depending on the field and applicability.

• Experienced mechanical or aerospace engineer responsible for spacecraft hypergolic fluid loading operations.

• Strong mechanical background is required due to the mechanical aspects of the flight hardware, flight support equipment, and ground support equipment.

• Software development and control system knowledge is desirable for the Ground and Flight Application Software (GFAS) that monitors and controls the hypergolic system hardware.

• Ability to work effectively and cooperatively in a team environment with clear, concise, and accurate verbal and written communication skills.

• Excellent customer interface skills required.

• Analytical and problem-solving skills.

• Experience with Microsoft Office or comparable application, publication and graphics applications is desired.

• Capable of reading/understanding technical manuals, drawings and schematics.

• Ability to plan, manage and prioritize multiple projects.

• Computer experience with Microsoft Office products, Internet browsers, and outlook.

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

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.

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