VIPER Power Systems Engineer - (ADV00008U)

  • Jacobs
  • United States-Texas-Houston-20331-ESCG
  • Jul 30, 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 a VIPER Power Systems Engineer to join our team with Barrios Technology, Inc., a JETS teammate company.  Do you have the following skills?



The VIPER Power Systems Engineer will: 

  • Maintain the VIPER Rover Power Systems Concept of Operations (ConOps).
  • Assess system level architectures, perform trade study assessments, and update recommended architectures. 
  • Derive Power requirements based on ConOps and flowdown requirements.
  • Review and provide input to system and sub-system level requirements.
  • Develop verification and validation plan including verification matrix (success criteria for requirements) and track items to completion.
  • Perform requirements and interface management, including preparation of change requests, assessment of impacts and management of requirements traceability, updates to verification planning and verification criteria, and interface control documents.
  • Provide written and oral statuses in the form of presentations or reports to help represent the VIPER at program and engineering boards.
  • Prepare materials and track open actions for integrated analysis cycles.
  • Investigate technology development opportunities across the VIPER Rover project for power considerations.
  • Work with team members to perform risk management, including identification, mitigation planning and tracking.
  • Adapt to new design constraints, functions, and configurations as needed.
  • Maintain a professional relationship with the NASA customer and other NASA support contractors.
  • Define test flow, identify and account for dependencies, and collaborate with the Rover assembly and integration teams.
  • As needed, initiate collaboration with component and instrument owners to reach and document concurrence.
  • Review initial content of Power Interface Control Document (ICD) and collaborate with other subsystem teams to define Rover requirements and capture subsystem needs.
  • Integrate requirements flow-down (for example: Level 2 to Level 3 to Level 4).
  • Manage the requirements from environmental specifications and applicable splinter documents.
  • Perform other duties as required.




Required Education/Experience/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 engineering from an accredited engineering school and a minimum of five (5) years of engineering experience within the power engineering and systems engineering fields. 
  • Experience with the development of space systems requirements documents and verification plans. For example, at Johnson Space Center these documents are called PTRS (Project Technical Requirements Specification), Verification and Validation documents (V&VD), and ICD (Interface Control Document).
  • Experience with the development of space systems requirements documents including functional requirements and verification success criteria.
  • Experience with the design, assembly, verification, testing, and operation of space power systems.
  • Knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures in the space hardware field, such as mechanical and electrical system design, engineering drawings and sketches, material selection, and design software and tools.
  • Ability to prepare written documents and to verbally present at various meetings.
  • Must be able to organize and prioritize tasks in order to meet deadlines and schedules with limited supervision.
  • Experience working in a team environment.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products including SharePoint and TEAMS. 

Requisition Preferences:  

  • Prefer aerospace or electrical engineering degree.
  • Experience with NASA JSC Flight Hardware Life Cycle, Certification, and Engineering processes.
  • INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional certification.
  • Working knowledge of NASA, JSC, and ISS standard practices and requirements including safety, fault tolerance, and unique disciplines.
  • Familiarity with NASA/JSC documentation databases and Sharepoint sites.
  • Familiarity with state of the art requirements management and model-based systems engineering tools. 
  • Basic knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures in the space hardware field, such as mechanical and electrical system design, engineering drawings and sketches, and material selection.
  • Experience with power requirements and analyses.  
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!


Jacobs Aerospace Solutions Overview
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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

  • 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, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), age, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression and transgender status, mental disability or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, low-income status or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws and supplemental language. 

Primary Location

: United States-Texas-Houston-20331-ESCG

Job Posting

: Jul 28, 2020, 10:32:46 PM


: 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