Propulsion Systems Engineer - (AER0004WH)

  • 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:

The Systems Engineer will work in a highly integrated team performing technical and integration activities to support Commercial Crew Program (CCP) main propulsion systems and launch vehicles.



Primary duties for the Systems Engineer may include, but are not limited to:

Attend technical interchange, project planning, design review and other appropriate meetings to maintain a current knowledge base of design, requirements, issues, action items, and resolution activities. 

Perform system assessments, identify issues, pursue resolutions, document and present to engineering review board with rationale and recommendations. 

Collect data and perform assessments on the NASA partner launch vehicles and system to continually assess compliance against human rating certification requirements as defined by the CCP program office.

Provide integration insight, evaluations, document reviews, and milestone reviews including Review Item Discrepancy (RID) disposition at the Program and Element level.

Evaluate vehicle changes for impacts to propulsion elements and vehicle integration.

Verification and validation planning and execution for propulsion components, subsystems and integrated vehicle.

Assess propulsion system risks and issues associated with commercial crew launch vehicles; develop requirements and implement risk management processes.

Perform analysis and provide systems engineering skills to support Commercial Crew Main Propulsion Systems engineering and integration.

Develop models and analysis tools, provide analytical documentation such as trade studies, hazards assessments, fault tolerance designs, certifications for flight, launch vehicle data reviews.

Support NASA mission management team during testing and launch operations.





Degree in Engineering or related discipline required; Engineering degree from an ABET accredited university preferred.  Typical education requirements is a BS and 2 years' experience.


The selected candidate should also demonstrate:

  • Experience with main propulsion system design, analysis, engine integration or development/verification testing.  
  • Integration experience at the vehicle or stage level to include technical and systems engineering activities. 
  • Capability to plan and perform systems engineering and analysis tasks independently and as a team.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products such as Power-Point, Excel, and Word.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • 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.


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. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.


Primary Location

: United States-Alabama-Huntsville-20320-MSFC

Job Posting

: Jul 17, 2020, 1:07:51 AM


: Engineering



Job Type

: Experienced

Job Classification: Full-Time Regular

Work Locations


620 Discovery Drive 

 Huntsville 35806

Capabilities: Aerospace Technology and Defense Programs and Facilities