Systems Engineer - (AER00053D)

  • Jacobs
  • Primary Location: United States-Alabama-Huntsville-20320-MSFC
  • Nov 26, 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 will provide systems engineering and technical leadership support to the Technical Management Branch/(EV71) in support of the Space Launch System (SLS) Program’s Spacecraft and Payload Integration and Evolution (SPIE) Payload Adapter (PLA) Technical Lead.  Responsibilities include space vehicle design and interface definition as well as integration and control support during all phases of the design and production life cycles.


The SPIE PLA Systems Engineer’s responsibilities include but are not limited to: 

  • Provide definition and traceability of the design and construction requirements and detailed specifications related to the PLA system and components including:
    • Data Acquisition Unit
    • Payload Separation System
    • Imagery System.
  • Support verification and validation planning of the PLA design and construction requirements.
  • Plan and execute milestone and sync point reviews.
  • Define milestone and sync point review entrance and success criteria.
  • Negotiate interfaces with the Exploration Upper Stage (EUS), Human Lander System (HLS), and the Payload Fairing (PLF).
  • Provide Risk Management support including the identification and tracking of risks.


A degree in aerospace, electrical, mechanical, systems engineering, or a related engineering field or discipline is required.  Degree from an ABET acredited institution preferred.  Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a BS with at least 10 years of experience, or a master’s with at least 8 years of experience, in aerospace systems/programs/projects.

The candidate is required to have:

  • Experience in project planning and technical integration.
  • Knowledge of space vehicle design and interfaces, system design, system engineering and integration. 
  • Experience developing and documenting requirements, specifications, processes, and/or procedures associated with aerospace flight and ground hardware design, development, production, test, verification, evaluation, integration, and/or operations.
  • Experience reading/interpreting/understanding hardware engineering drawings.
  • Experience supporting, organizing or leading technical/milestone reviews and discussions.
  • Risk Management experience including identification, writing, and tracking risks.
  • Self-motivation and skill as a team player, familiar with working in a dynamic work environment.
  • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering project briefings.
  • Experience negotiating and collaborating to resolve complex technical problems and breaking down complex problems or issues into manageable pieces.
  • Excellent written and oral technical communication skills, with the ability to clearly define and describe a technical subject to peers across various engineering disciplines.
  • Intermediate skills using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams & Outlook).

Desired qualifications and experience (presence of one or more of these qualifications will be used as a selection factor):

  • Experience with vehicle integration for a human rated space vehicles.
  • Some experience with hardware production, preferably working with the manufacturing of composite materials, structures, or components.
  • An understanding and knowledge of the current SLS program and a working understanding of the SPIE and EUS interfaces.
  • Familiarity with NASA Systems Engineering policies and procedures related to technical management.
  • Familiarity with NASA Risk Management policies and procedures.

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, 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 19, 2020, 10:20:35 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