Data Systems Engineer - (AER0004U1)

  • Jacobs
  • United States-Alabama-Huntsville-20320-MSFC
  • Jul 10, 2020
Full time Construction

Job Description



Jacobs leads the global professional services sector delivering solutions for a more connected, sustainable world.  With $15.0 billion in combined revenue and a talent force more than 77,000 strong, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of services including scientific, technical, professional, construction- and program-management for business, industrial, commercial, government and infrastructure sectors. For more information, visit

Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) is comprised of 10 companies and is located at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL (ranked #11 in Best Places to Live by U.S. News). JSEG has been a primary contractor for NASA since 1989 and supports marquee NASA programs, including the Space Launch System, International Space Station, space optics fabrication, earth and space sciences and advanced propulsion system development. As a partner in NASA’s next generation of space exploration, our jobs are literally history in the making.

Position Description:

A Data Systems Engineer supports the setup and operation of data acquisition equipment for measuring strain, displacement, and loads for structural testing on large and small space flight qualification articles, and other test articles at NASA’S Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). The Data Systems Engineer may also support setup and operation of hydraulic load control systems for performing structural testing.



Data Systems Engineer responsibilities include:

• Setup and operate data acquisition equipment for measuring strain, displacement, and loads for structural testing on large and small space flight qualification articles, and other test articles.

• Develop innovative ideas for improving the data acquisition hardware, software, and methods.

• Setup and operate a hydraulic load control systems to perform large and small scale structural static testing on large and small space flight qualification articles and other test articles.

• Develop innovative solutions to challenging problems for applying loads to structural test articles.

• Coordination with NASA project level customers across organizations to ensure mission success.

• Work with a diverse team of civil servants and contractors to design, develop, setup, and perform structural testing on space flight qualification hardware, and other mission critical hardware.

• Participate in safety meetings, task meetings, design reviews, and test readiness reviews as requested to support ESSCA and customer requirements.

• Develop and deliver reports and presentations as requested to support ESSCA and customer requirements via Power Point and other various software packages.

• Perform safety and certification training to support ESSCA and customer requirements.

• Familiarity with OSHA standards.

• Minimum travel required.





BS degree in Electrical, Mechanical, or Aerospace engineering (or related field) with a 1-5 years of applicable experience required.  Degree from an ABET accredited institution preferred.   

• Experience with data acquisition systems utilizing strain gauges, thermocouples, and displacement devices.

• Experience with programmable logic controllers, preferable National Instruments is desired.

• Experience with National instruments LabVIEW development software is desired.

• Experience in a structural or other test environment is desired.

• Experience with hydraulic systems is desired.

• Experience reading and understanding average blueprint drawings is desired.

• Familiarity with CREO software or other modelling software is desired.

• Must be willing to perform hands-on work with equipment and test articles.


The Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) offers a partnership in which you can grow personally and professionally within a framework of strong leadership, competitive compensation, and rewarding career paths. Come join our team on the Engineering Services and Science Capability Augmentation (ESSCA) contract whose work is destined to have a long-range effect on future generations!

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Essential Functions

Work Environment: 

Office environment. Requires ability to provide clear, concise, accurate and timely communication, both verbally and in writing (100%). Requires ability to interact professionally with co-workers, management, and client (100%). Requires travel in the domestic USA (<5%).


Physical Requirements: 

Requires sitting for extended periods of time in meetings with peers, management, and with our client at NASA facilities to discuss technical issues (10%). Also, requires sitting for extended periods of time at a desk to write reports and perform engineering tasks (80%). Requires ability to use stairs or elevators for access between floors and multiple buildings at NASA and Jacobs facilities (10%).


Telework Requirements:

Require the ability to have sufficient home internet for extended periods in meetings with peers, management, and with our client at NASA facilities to discuss technical issues.  Sitting for extended periods at a desk to draft test plans, analyze data, write reports and perform various engineering tasks at a safe personal location.

Equipment and Machines: 

Requires ability to operate a personal computer, a telephone, fax machine, copier, calculator, and other general office equipment (100%).


Normal workday is from 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Minimal overtime may be required (10%) to meet schedule milestones and to support technical demands of the job. Regular attendance is a necessity and adequate arrangements for delegating duties during absences are required.


Other Essential Functions: 

The ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and to make rational decisions, and to exercise good judgment is essential (100%). Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.


Proof of U.S. Citizenship is required.



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. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws and supplemental language.


Primary Location

: United States-Alabama-Huntsville-20320-MSFC

Job Posting

: Jul 6, 2020, 7:10:49 PM


: Engineering



Job Type

: Experienced

Job Classification: Full-Time Regular

Work Locations


620 Discovery Drive 

 Huntsville 35806

Capabilities: Aerospace Technology and Defense Programs and Facilities