Electronics Design Chief Engineer - Space Exploration Electronics Systems - (AER0004W5)

  • Jacobs
  • United States-Texas-Houston-20331-ESCG
  • Jul 20, 2020
Full time Construction

Job Description


Are you passionate about human space exploration or understanding the origins of the universe, and working with a dynamic and diverse team to make a difference?  If you are, we need you!   


We need your commitment, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire humans all over the globe.  We need you to bring innovative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will benefit the quality of life of people around the world.  We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on new challenges for NASA’s pursuits in deep space exploration.  Jacobs is NASA’s largest engineering solutions provider working alongside NASA at centers across the United States.  


We have the unique and significant role to partner with NASA at Johnson Space Center (JSC), to be part of every human spaceflight program – the International Space Station (ISS), NASA’s Orion spacecraft, which will carry astronauts into deep space, and Gateway, the orbiting platform providing the home for astronauts to work and travel back and forth to the moon’s surface, and serving as the platform for deep space exploration.  From critical systems on the ISS to enable astronauts to live and work in space; to performing advanced development for systems leading to deep space exploration; to being part of the foundation for Gateway. 


We also partner with NASA at JSC, the only NASA center in the United States to curate all astromaterial samples returned from exploration missions, to perform curation services, orbital debris analysis, and basic research to further humankind’s understanding of the origins of our solar system. 


We need you to be a part of our team!



We are currently in need of an Electronics Design Chief Engineer - Space Exploration Electronics Systems to join our team. Do you have the following skills?


The Electronics Design Chief Engineer - Space Exploration Electronics Systems will: 


  • Report directly to the Design and Analysis Group Manager. The
    position is responsible for the direct management of approximately 50
    people involved in various aspects of Electrical System Development across and in support of several NASA Engineering Divisions.
  • Support new designs from conception, analysis, and
    manufacturing, through to operational test and deployment.
  • Provide Technical Leadership for Design Projects.
  • Establish design development approach and concept for a given
    project considering requirements, schedule, cost etc.
  • Work with Design Leads to guide development process.
  • Work with Design Section Manager and Design Lead in generating
    design cost estimates and approval process.
  • Work as a Project Design Lead as required to supplement or
    replace current design lead function.
  • Inspire and lead technical innovation amongst design
    engineers as pertains to design tools and practices.
  • Work with Design Section Manager to establish best practice
    design processes and infrastructure.
  • Mentor and teach Design Leads and engineers in good design
  • Provide quick technical and administrative response to
    projects, removing roadblocks to ensure project success and customer
  • Present design concepts and approaches to customers and
    project managers as required.
  • Lead team in anomaly resolution, fault tree development,
    troubleshooting, and implementation of technical solutions.
  • Identify, champion and utilize subject matter experts to
    resolve technical challenges for applicable projects.
  • Support Design Section Managers and Design Leads in the
    identification and development of skilled personnel for a given project.
  • Work with engineers to provide hands-on approach in the
    hardware design, build and test/verification process.
  • Conduct design reviews to monitor technical correctness,
    design project health, and progress.
  • Develop succession plan mentoring future Chief Engineers and
    Technical Design Leads.
  • Demonstrate ability to implement a wide range of technical
    approaches for the associated design discipline.
  • Develop technical training modules as required.
  • Work with Section Manager to ensure the selection of adequate
    Electronics/Electrical design personnel to accomplish associated tasks.
  • Perform routine electrical design reviews for cost, schedule,
    risk management, and deliverable adherence.
  • Conduct oversight, mentorship and guidance to individual
    electrical design task leads.
  • Work with electrical design task leads to track and maintain
    efficient task performance.
  • Maintain an active list of lessons learned to actively inform
    section members.
  • Provide support to engineering lab manager in maintaining and
    improving electrical development area.
  • Maintain active related risk management (technical, cost, and
    schedule) on all associated design tasks.
  • Work with colleagues to coordinate issue resolution across
    multiple JETS organizations which could include source limitations,
    technical challenges, process breakdowns, etc.
  • Establish a framework and oversight for technical correctness
    on all work performed by associated design section.
  • Understand and be capable of generating comprehensive design
    concepts based on a given set of requirements.
  • Provide rough orders of magnitude (ROM's) and basis of
    estimates (BOE's) for project and tasks.
  • Review, develop or update Electrical Design and Development
    processes as required.
  • Perform other duties as required and assigned.




Required Experience/Education/Skills: 


This position has been posted at multiple levels.  Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.


  • BS degree in Electrical Engineering from an accredited
    engineering school and a minimum of fourteen (14) years of related
    engineering experience, or a MS degree in Electrical Engineering from an
    accredited engineering school and a minimum of twelve (12) years of
    related engineering experience, or Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from an
    accredited engineering school and a minimum of nine (9) years of related
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience with NASA/JSC Electrical and
    Electronics flight intravehicular and extravehicular hardware development
  • Familiarity with NASA Work Instruction EA-023, JSC Policy
    Directive 7120 (Class 1E), along with flight hardware certification and
    other flight hardware processes.
  • Prior experience with electrical schematic entry and printed
    circuit board layout tools such as Altium Designer.
  • Prior experience with FPGA circuitry design and coding in
    associated complex electronics development environments (such as VHDL, Verilog etc.).
  • Sound knowledge of and experience in EMI/EMC compliance
    design and testing per MIL-STD-461 standards.
  • Familiarity in selection and implementation of Electrical,
    Electronic and Electromagnetic (EEE) parts in electronics design
    associated with space flight hardware.
  • Familiarity with parts selection and electronics design
    methods for survivability in ionizing radiation environments.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills with a
    history of effectively interacting with senior managers at all levels.

Requisition Preferences:  

  • Experience with hardware and FPGA-based development for motor
    control systems (includes brushless DC or BLDC and stepper motors).
  • Experience with DC electromechanical power conversion (high
    power, high performance actuation, electric motors and motor drive
    electronics, etc.).
  • Experience with motor controller design, selection and
    integration with associated mechanisms.
  • Experience with sensor fusion and fault tolerant control
    design for robotic actuators.
  • Understanding of classical and modern control theory.
  • Prior experience with Robotic Operating System (ROS).
  • Experience with test hardware such as oscilloscopes,
    multi-meters, logic analyzers, function generators, electronic load banks,
    power supplies, power analyzers.
  • Prior experience with microcontroller circuitry design and
    associated embedded software development environments.
  • Hands on experience in the design, build, and test of
    embedded motor control systems.
  • Prior experience with circuit simulation tools such as
    Pspice, OrCAD, Multisim etc.
  • Experience with flex printed circuit board design.
  • Prior experience with data acquisition systems (especially
    National Instruments) and LabVIEW code development.
  • Familiarity with data interface protocols and associated
    hardware such as Ethernet, RS232, RS422, RS485, I2C, SPI etc.
  • A successful track record of fielding custom electrical
    systems in an operational setting.
  • Experience in the hardware design of embedded systems
    (microcontrollers, FPGAs, sensor interfaces, I2C/SPI buses, UARTS, etc.)
  • Experience with test hardware such as  oscilloscopes, multi-meters, logic
    analyzers, function generators, electronic load banks, power supplies,
    power analyzers.
  • Prior experience in design and test of analog instrumentation
  • Project based experience designing, building, testing, and
    troubleshooting power distribution electronics, battery systems, and other
    electrical hardware (requirements definition; system modeling and
    simulation; circuit analysis; PCB design, fabrication, and assembly;
    harness design and fabrication; requirements verification).
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a
    multi-disciplinary team of mechanical, electrical, and software engineers
    designing and building world-class, NASA space-flight hardware.
  • Prior experience in design and test of power supply and
    conditioning systems.
  • Prior experience with data acquisition systems (especially
    National Instruments) and LabVIEW code development.
  • Prior experience with microcontroller circuitry design and
    associated embedded software development environments.
  • Prior experience with cable design for space applications
  • Prior experience in design and test of analog instrumentation
  • Prior experience in design and test of stepper and brushless
    DC-DC control circuits.
  • Experience planning and establishing work priorities.
  • Proficient in MS Office programs, particularly MS Project,
    Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills and the
    ability to work in a team environment.




Why Work on Our Team? 


Click on the below links to view just a small sample of all that we do!  Come join our team and be part of our future.  We look forward to seeing you!


See What We Do


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In addition to exciting career opportunities we also have:

  • Excellent personal and professional career growth
  • 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off)
  • Onsite cafeteria (breakfast & lunch)
  • Comprehensive Benefit Package (medical, dental & vision)
  • 401(k)
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Much, much more!

For more information on our partnership with NASA at Johnson Space Center, please visit www.wehavespaceforyou.com

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.

  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which this position has been advertised.

Essential Functions


Work Environment
Generally an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on task.


Physical Requirements
Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs (5% of time).


Equipment and Machines
Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements when required.


Other Essential Functions
Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. 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. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws and supplemental language.


Primary Location

: United States-Texas-Houston-20331-ESCG

Job Posting

: Jul 17, 2020, 3:53:57 AM


: Aerospace



Job Type

: Experienced
Job Classification: Full-Time Regular

Work Locations

2224 Bay Area Boulevard 
 Houston 77058
Capabilities: Aerospace Technology and Defense Programs and Facilities