Thrust Vector Controls Engineer - (ADV00009D)

  • Jacobs
  • Primary Location: United States-Alabama-Huntsville-20320-MSFC
  • Jul 30, 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 requires electrical engineers who have a strong desire to apply their skills towards the design cycle development and insight into flight vehicle avionics, controls, test, logic design, and integrated test to assist our NASA customer with the overall development of America’s premier human rated deep space exploration vehicle.

Development and integration of the elements and components to meet the safety, technical, and program (cost and schedule) objectives of the overall systems

Evaluate systems program risks associated with the design, and identification of any safety concerns regarding the design

Provide support for trade studies and issue resolution as well as to requirements definition and flow down

Coordinate with the appropriate MSFC engineering disciplines to conduct independent assessments necessary to effectively evaluate Thrust Vector Control (TVC) Systems

Assess designs, including impacts of changes to systems performance, identification of the technical risks associated with the design, and identification of any safety concerns regarding the design

Provide analytical support for trade studies, design analysis, test, flights, and evaluation of models

Interface with senior engineers and aerospace technicians who are available to provide guidance and mentoring to quickly ramp you up to increased levels of responsibility

Apply knowledge of operational requirements to assist ESSSA engineers in maintenance and operational support for the SLS TVC systems used with both Core and Booster elements of the vehicle

Provide electrical diagrams, circuit control drawings and simulated active models to assist with build phase breadboarding prototypes

Analyze data logs and results for documentation





Degree in Electrical Engineering or related discipline with a high aptitude for solving complex nonlinear equations.required; Engineering degree from an ABET accredited university preferred.  Typical education requirements is a BS and 2 years' experience.


Excellent Skills and experience required in the following:

  • Interpersonal and communication skills and strong team commitment and customer relations
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Microsoft Office products such as PowerPoint, Excel, and Word

 Preferred Skills and experience in the following:

  • Planning, organizing, scheduling and resource allocation
  • Hydraulic fluid systems, mechanical motion control, and battery powered control systems
  • Simulink experience or ability to take the class through proficiency soon after employment
  • Prior AIAA student participation and leadership in our local AIAA chapter
  • Specialized academic experience with practicum in controls engineering
  • Industry and/or lab experience with motion controlled kinematic systems
  • Matlab and Simulink
  • Working within an IPT and/or collaborative team development environment


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 30, 2020, 3:04:33 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