Damage Tolerance Engineer - (AER0005AT)

  • Jacobs
  • Primary Location: United States-Alabama-Huntsville-20320-MSFC
  • Nov 23, 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 www.jacobs.com


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:
The selected candidate will provide engineering support to the Damage Tolerance Branch within the Materials and Processes Lab at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.


The responsibilities of this position are assist more experienced Damage Tolerance Engineers in the following:

  • Define and develop fracture test plans for conventional metallic, additively manufactured metallic, composite and ablative parts
  • Provide technical insight to develop and document necessary mechanical test plans related to tensile, fracture and fatigue crack growth
  • Submit testing requests and provide assessments of mechanical test data for tensile, fracture and fatigue crack growth
  • Provide technical insight to define and perform necessary fracture and fatigue crack growth analytical predictions
  • Perform analytical predictions of fracture and fatigue crack growth, perform fracture control reviews and insight support, and provide materials review
  • Provide technical insight for fracture control implementation for hardware including development or review of Fracture Control Plans and coordination of data for development or review of Fracture Control Summary Reports
  • Provide technical insight for review of materials related to fracture and damage tolerance of composites and metallic structures

Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a BS with 0-5 yrs experience .  A degree in Materials Science/Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Physical Sciences or equivalent is required. Degree from an ABET accredited university is preferred.

Additionally, courses in Solid Mechanics, Fracture Mechanics, Plasticity, Failure Analysis are a plus.


Additional Desired Skills:

  • Experience in developing laboratory test plans, analyzing test data and performing assessments related to fracture mechanics is highly desired.
  • Experience in fracture control implementation is desired.
  • Experience with crack growth modeling software such as NASGRO is a plus.
  • Experience in Finite Element Analysis is a plus.
  • Experience with Failure Analysis is a plus.

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!  For more information on why Huntsville is known as “one of the smartest cities in the nation”, check out these websites


 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.



 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 13, 2020, 10:39:34 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