Propulsion Systems Engineer - (AER0004VM)

  • Jacobs
  • United States-Alabama-Huntsville-20320-MSFC
  • Jul 20, 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 by challenging today, reinventing tomorrow.


Position Description:

This position is for a Propulsion Systems Engineer who will work in a highly integrated team performing varied systems engineering activities to enable the design, test, and operation of the Space Launch System (SLS), Human Lander Systems (HLS), and other liquid propulsion systems.

Primary duties for the Propulsion Systems Engineer would include:

- Support and deliver products in areas of main propulsion systems, spacecraft propulsion systems, subsystems and components for liquid (cryogenic, storable, monopropellant, bipropellant, and dual mode), gas, and advanced liquid propellant systems for both launch vehicle and in-space applications at Marshall Space Flight Center.

- Provide technical support for propulsion system development and verification within propulsion systems of spacecraft being developed for the Space Launch System Program and Human Lander Systems Program.

- Participate in trade studies and prepare reports and technical assessments in areas of main propulsion system and spacecraft propulsion system sizing and performance.

- Develop requirement sets, development plans, and verification plans.

- Coordinate, develop, and present technical materials in support of design milestone reviews, anomaly investigations, and training.

- Work across technical areas and Integrated Product Teams (IPT).

- Document and deliver results with recommendations.

- Perform other duties as assigned related to propulsion systems engineering.





Degree in Engineering, Mathematics or related field is required. Degree from an ABET accredited university preferred.  Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a Ph.D.; Masters with at least 3 years' experience, or a BS with at least 5 years' experience.


- Demonstrated experience in propulsion systems design, analysis, integration and/or development/verification testing is required.

- Experience understanding, writing and debugging at least one industry-standard language and understanding of standard coding procedures and software requirements processes is a plus.

- Knowledge of valve operation and design is highly desired.

- Familiarity with hypergolic propellants, storables, reaction control systems, or in-space propulsion considered a plus.

- Flexibility and a desire to accept new responsibilities and learn new skills is paramount.

- A demonstrated capability to plan and perform systems engineering and analysis tasks independently and as a team are required.

- Proficiency with Microsoft Office products such as Power-Point, Excel, and Word is required.

- Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.

- Individual must be highly motivated, flexible and willing to shift focus areas to meet volatile customer requirements.


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 (<15%).


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%).


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.




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. 


Primary Location

: United States-Alabama-Huntsville-20320-MSFC

Job Posting

: Jul 17, 2020, 1:04:39 AM


: Aerospace



Job Type

: Experienced

Job Classification: Full-Time Regular

Work Locations


620 Discovery Drive 

 Huntsville 35806

Capabilities: Aerospace Technology and Defense Programs and Facilities