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Jacobs Mechanical Engineer in Moffett Field, California

Mechanical Engineer



Provides Engineering support and leadership in the planning, design, and technical oversight of mechanical and instrumentation activity in the test facilities at NASA Ames Research Center.


1. Develops plans, requirements and drawings for implementing repairs, upgrades and modifications of the facility equipment, infrastructure, instrumentation and control systems.

2. Provides technical expertise to the users of the facilities in planning test projects to insure proper match of facility requirements with capabilities, balance of resources, and integration of schedules.

3. Provides technical expertise and guidance in overall planning, maintenance, and operation of assigned facilities.

4. Works with test engineers, facility management and customers to develop fixtures, holders, brackets, mechanisms and other designs to accommodate new testing requirements.

5. Prepares documentation supporting facility development efforts.

6. Prepares specifications and purchase requisitions for facility hardware.


Providing engineering support and leadership in the planning, preparation, and operation of tests at the facilities that meet project test requirements on schedule and within the budgeted resources.


Works under the general guidance of the Project Manager. Is responsible for executing projects within approved work plans and resources.

Unusual or Special Physical Requirements of Position: Visual and physical contact with test system hardware and installed test articles. Multiple workstation assignments (office, test facility, control room, laboratory, shops, etc.). Transportation of notebooks, drawings, forms, sensors, etc. required. Ability to hear normal conversation. One eye (minimum) correctable to 20/20. Ability to distinguish eight colors on basic panel displays and wiring. Ability to manipulate small and delicate instruments and wiring.

Description of Work Environment: Work is accomplished in an office, control room, in and around test facility buildings, and within facility test chambers. Transportation is required between these work areas as well as trips to the client or user's facility. Must be able to use respiratory protection in confined spaces. Some work areas are high in noise.

Equipment and Machines Involved in Work Tasks: Office and control room equipment includes computers, calculators, electronic instruments, mechanical instruments, and miscellaneous precision measuring devices.

Criticality of Attendance: Work assignments are usually during normal work hours (0800 - 1630), but overtime is sometimes necessary to support meetings, test schedules, and test operations. Testing may occur any day or time of day, depending on the schedule and test requirements. Regular daily attendance is required to maintain team effectiveness.

Other Essential Functions: Provides technical supervision to assigned project personnel and assists management on administrative matters. Must be able to obtain a NASA badge and gain access to the facilities. Must pass a security clearance if required by the customer.


General knowledge and understanding of aerospace testing and facility operations. Understanding of mechanical test systems involving hydraulics, high pressure, high vacuum, pneumatics, fluid mechanics, fluid dynamics, machine design, thermal analysis, aerodynamics, and mechanical design. Understanding of electronic test systems involving data acquisition, sensors, and signal conditioning. Understanding of materials and state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques, and experience with SolidWorks or other CAD software.

Requires, as a minimum, a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering (e.g. Mechanical, Aerospace, Structural, Civil, etc.). Prior related internship experience desirable.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a drug-free workplace.

Primary Location United States-California-Moffett Field

Req ID: AER0002VO