Systems Engineer, Operations & Integration - (AER00056S)

  • Jacobs
  • Primary Location: United States-Alabama-Huntsville-20320-MSFC
  • Oct 12, 2020
Full time Construction

Job Description



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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.


Position Description:

The Systems Engineer supports the Space Launch Systems (SLS) Program Spacecraft Payload Integration and Evolution (SPIE) Element Project Office for the SLS Launch Vehicle second stage, including the Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS), and the adapters for Core Stage and the Spacecraft. This position will perform engineering and liaison functions, providing interface between the SPIE Project Office and other SLS, NASA, and Contractor organizations, for requirements, verification and validation, drawings and schematics, specifications, ground operations procedures, flight operations support, and technical issues.


The Systems Engineer will:

  • Provide systems engineering and interface integration support to the MSFC Systems Requirements, Verification & Validation Branch, for Space Launch System (SLS) Integrated Spacecraft/Payload Integration Element (ISPE) design and integration. 
  • Support performed includes, but is not limited to interface design definition, requirements development, and verification planning. 
  • Perform technical analysis of processing requirements and procedures such OMRS, WADs, and associated ground hardware for nominal and off-nominal integrated operations from manufacturing, transportation, off-line and integrated ground processing, stacking, test and checkout and launch. Coordinate with ground systems and Orion personnel to identify and define ground operations processing requirements.
  • Coordinate and interface with MSFC Customer, Spacecraft/Payload Integration & Evolution (SPIE), and SLS project teams and payload customers as well as participating in reviews, meetings (i.e. team/discipline, TIMs, teleconferences, etc.), working groups and trade studies. 
  • Perform thorough technical assessments of proposed internal and external payload interface requirements to understand the impacts imposed by modifications.
  • Prepare for and provide console staffing for Vehicle countdown, launch, and flight phases.
  • Generate and coordinate interface requirements documentation to ensure the necessary and complete integration of the payloads to other SLS Elements.
  • Identify and communicate risks associated with interface requirements via the NASA Risk Management System.
  • Manage analyses, trade studies, and decision packages developed for payloads and provide feedback and technical recommendations (written and/or verbal) in support of the SPIE Element Chief Engineer or the Element Lead Systems Engineer. 

Some travel to other NASA Centers and customer locations will be required (nominally 0 to 20%, depending on project requirements.)

Personnel are required to be self-motivated, effective team players familiar with working in a dynamic work environment who are willing to assume a Systems Integration role in this SLS systems design and definition effort.





Degree in Engineering or related field is required. Degree from an ABET-accredited university is preferred.  A BS with at least 10 years of aerospace industry experience is required. At least 5 years spacecraft and/or space payloads related and/or launch vehicle integration or operations related experience is strongly preferred.  Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a Ph.D. with a minimum 4 years of experience; Masters with at least 8 years of experience, or a BS with at least 10 years of experience. 



  • Experience with Systems Engineering as a discipline, to include development of requirements, requirement allocation, and development of verification plans, verification objectives, verification matrices, and verification implementation.
  • Experience in the development, integration, and implementation of complex aerospace/space systems. 
  • Experience reading and working with engineering drawings, interface control documents, configuration documents, or other technical documentation.
  • Demonstrated skills, capabilities, and knowledge required to interface with program level representatives as well as engineers and other technical personnel. This includes the ability to work with a team of diverse individuals, and reach group consensus on technical topics.
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, customer relation skills, and presentation skills are required.
  • Intermediate skills using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, & Outlook) are required.

Evidence of the following experience will be used to identify suitable candidates for this position:

  • Experience in requirements, plans, and procedures development and experience in the execution of ground operations for spacecraft or launch vehicle flight hardware and systems.
  • An understanding of launch vehicle systems definition, functional requirement development, and/or design integration. 
  • Experience supporting payload integration or the development of payload integration requirements supporting the Space Shuttle, ISS, or unmanned launch vehicles.
  • Experience with NASA and/or MSFC spacecraft or launch vehicle development, processing, ground operations, and ground support equipment. 
  • Experience in physical and functional integration of payload hardware into a spacecraft/launch vehicle
  • Experience in the definition and documentation of payload design and interface requirements, payload accommodations and payload services.
  • Personnel with an understanding of the NASA systems engineering policies and procedures, and familiarity with the SLS Program have preference. 

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%). Some travel to other NASA Centers and customer locations will be required (nominally 0 to 20%, depending on project requirements.)


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. 



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Primary Location

: United States-Alabama-Huntsville-20320-MSFC

Job Posting

: Oct 12, 2020, 8:24:50 PM


: Engineering



Job Type

: Experienced

Job Classification: Full-Time Regular

Work Locations


620 Discovery Drive 

 Huntsville 35806

Capabilities: Aerospace Technology and Defense Programs and Facilities