Propulsion Engineer - Gateway Program - (ADV0000NW)

  • Jacobs
  • Primary Location: United States-Texas-Houston-20331-ESCG
  • Nov 26, 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 Propulsion Engineer - Gateway Program to join our team. Do you have the following skills?

The Propulsion Engineer - Gateway Program will: 
  • Apply extensive job practices, techniques, standards, principles, theories, and concepts.

  • Plan, conduct, coordinate and/or develop test requirements and evaluate test results in order to ensure compliance with requirements.

  • Perform and review engineering trade studies, analyses, test plans, and other engineering documentation such as requirements, procedures, analyses, and test reports.

  • Perform and review trade studies and analyses that influence the overall propulsion system design and performance.

  • Lead analyses and testing to determine that compliance requirements are met.

  • Perform oversight function and advise to contractors responsible for development of propulsion systems for NASA.

  • Work with team members to identify risks, develop risk statements, and help them plan risk responses. Maintain a professional relationship with the NASA customer and other NASA support contractors.

  • 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.

  • Bachelor's degree in engineering (mechanical, aerospace, electrical, chemical) from an accredited engineering school and or five (5) years of related engineering experience, or a MS degree from an accredited engineering school and four (4) years of related engineering experience, or Ph.D. from an accredited engineering school and zero (0) years of related experience.

  • Knowledge of methods for liquid propulsion systems for space vehicles.

  • Knowledge of chemical propulsion applications.

  • Knowledge of test principles, tools, and processes needed to develop test requirements.

  • Knowledge of propulsion system design, analysis principles, tools, and processes.

  • Knowledge of certification and/or qualification processes and procedures.

  • Experience in testing of propulsion system or their components for integration on a flight vehicle including development of test procedures and analysis techniques.

  • Ability to perform propulsion design integration tasks within a team environment.

  • Able to organize and prioritize tasks in order to meet deadlines and schedules with limited supervision. 

Requisition Preferences:  

  • BS degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering.

  • Experience with Hydrazine, mmH (mono methyl Hydrazine), NO3, LOX (Liquid Oxygen), and LCH4 (Liquid Methane) propellants.

  • Experience with NASA/JSC Flight Hardware Life Cycle, Certification, and Engineering processes.

  • Working knowledge of NASA, JSC, and ISS standard practices and requirements including safety, fault tolerance, and unique disciplines.

  • Experience with the design, assembly, verification, testing, and operation of space hardware.


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!


See What We Do


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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

: Nov 18, 2020, 11:07:41 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