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Jacobs Software Engineer II in Kennedy Space Center, Florida

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Your Impact:

Jacobs 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.

The Launch Control System (LCS) is part of the Exploration Ground Systems' (EGS) Spaceport Command and Control System (SCCS) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. LCS supports the processing and launch of the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft using various Ground Support Equipment (GSE).

LCS Gateways provide a consistent interface for commanding end-items (GSE, SLS, Orion, etc), publishing telemetry data from those end items and monitoring the health and status of those measurements. The Gateway for a given end-item encapsulates the details of the end-item behavior so the LCS users and applications can process, monitor and command the vehicles through assembly, testing and launch without requiring specific end-item implementation details.

A Gateway Mid-Level Software Engineer:

• Utilizes CMMI compliant processes to design, implement, test and document software libraries and applications

• Provides real-time troubleshooting, anomaly resolution and system recovery

• Analyzes user requirements and needs for new software features

• Assists with planning and scheduling tasks

• Mentors more junior team members


Here’s What You’ll Need:


• Bachelor's degree in computer science, computer engineering, information technology, software engineering or related discipline from an accredited college or university or equivalent experience

• At least 4 years of experience designing, developing, testing and documenting software

• C++ expertise

• Unix or Unix-like operating system competency

• Concurrent computing competency

• Networking competency

• 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

• Ability to analyze information and solve problems

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

• Ability to interpret written information and effectively communicate verbally and in writing

• Ability to write technical documentation

• Ability to obtain and maintain a security clearance, if necessary

Desired competencies:


• OS/COMET® telemetry, tracking, and command software product

• Software configuration management (e.g. AccuRev®)

• Agile software development and related management tools (e.g. CollabNet VersionOne)

• Continuous integration (e.g. Jenkins)

• UML drawing (e.g. MagicDraw)

• Python

• Bash

• Real time systems

• Spaceflight operations

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

  • If offered a position, proof of U.S. Citizenship or Legal Permanent Resident/Green Card holder of the United States is required.

  • 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/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), age, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression and transgender status, mental disability or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, low-income status or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws (https://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf) and supplemental language. (https://www.eeoc.gov/sites/default/files/migrated_files/employers/eeoc_gina_supplement.pdf)

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