In-Space Tank Design & Development Engineer - (AER00058X)

  • Jacobs
  • Primary Location: United States-Alabama-Huntsville-20320-MSFC
  • Nov 16, 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.

Position Description:


The Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) offers a place 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!  The Valves, Actuators, Lines, and Ducts Propulsion Team is seeking a Senior or Subject Matter Expert Engineer for In-Space Tank Design & Development. 

Activities may include but not be limited to:

  • Provide Point of Contact (POC) leadership for small hypergolic propulsion system tanks including propellant management system and Composite Overwrap Pressure Vessels (COPV) for pressure fed systems.
  • Create or review tank specifications.
  • Create tank test plans and oversee qualification testing.
  • Analyze test data and create performance reports.
  • Provide oversight or insight support for commercial partner tank designs during reviews and other activities.
  • Experience working with Purchasing to provide technical expertise regarding tank specifications during the procurement process.

  Perform other duties as assigned.










Degree in Engineering or related (STEM) field from an ABET-accredited university is required.  Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a Ph.D. with a minimum 9 years of experience; Masters with at least 13 years of experience, or a BS with at least 15 years of experience.


Required Experience / Skills:


Experience in at least one of the following areas:


  • Knowledge and experience with rocket propulsion tank design for smaller pressure fed systems.
  • Knowledge of propellant management devices (PMD).
  • Knowledge of hypergolic rocket propellants as it relates to tank design.
  • Experience designing COPV pressurant tanks.  

Desired Experience / Skills:

  • Direct experience in the design of in-space tanks for hypergolic pressure fed propulsion systems.
  • Direct experience in the design of Composite Overwrap Pressure Vessels (COPV).
  • Experience designing tank PMD.
  • Experience in zero gravity propellant slosh analysis.
  • Knowledge of NASA and/or aerospace design and construction standards.
  • CAD experience, CREO preferred.  Ability to open 3D models to view desired details (at a minimum).


  • Up to 10% of time.

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: 

General office environment (90%), lab environment (10%). 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 (<5%).


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, 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-Alabama-Huntsville-20320-MSFC

Job Posting

: Nov 9, 2020, 10:04:44 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