Space Launch System (SLS) Main Engine Systems Engineer - (ADV00007T)

  • Jacobs
  • Primary Location: United States-Alabama-Huntsville-20320-MSFC
  • Dec 01, 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:


This position is for a Space Launch System (SLS) Main Engine Systems Engineer who will work both independently at times and in an integrated team performing engine systems and system engineering-related activities to enable the design, test, and operation of rocket engines for the Space Launch System.


Primary duties for the SLS Main Engine Systems Engineer would include:

  • Support hot-fire testing of the RS-25 and other liquid rocket engines.
  • Review pre-test predictions and post-test data, conduct anomaly investigations, prepare and coordinate engine system and subsystem data review contents and presentations.
  • Coordinate, develop, and present technical materials related to engine system performance, testing and integration to support design milestone reviews and anomaly investigations.
  • Develop and execute engine system analysis models to support system test, vehicle integration, and design development activities.
  • Develop test data assessment computer utilities to improve efficiency and effectiveness of the evaluation process.
  • Prepare reports and technical assessments in areas of liquid propulsion systems and performance.
  • Attend technical interchange, project planning, design review, and other appropriate meetings to maintain a current knowledge base of design, requirements, issues, action items, resolution and verification activities. Identify issues, pursue resolutions, and support analyses. Complete assigned action items.  Assess requirements and implement risk management processes.
  • Document and maintain test and data analysis processes in written work instructions.
  • Translate higher level requirements into lower level functional requirements and design options. Conduct assessments to determine optimal and feasible design solutions.
  • Identify and document customer objectives and product requirements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.




A Bachelor’s degree in aerospace, electrical, mechanical, or equivalent engineering discipline is required. Degree from an ABET accredited institution is preferred. Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a Masters with at least 3 years of experience, or BS with at least 5 years of experience. 


A minimum of 5 years of experience working on an integrated project team using systems engineering, project management processes, and\or launch vehicle subsystem operations is required. 

    • Familiarity with liquid rocket engine propulsion systems via coursework or work experience is highly desired. 
    • Previous experience with the RS-25 (Space Shuttle Main Engine) and liquid rocket vehicle integration are strong plusses.
    • Experience with testing, data acquisition and data analyses and vehicle-engine integration is desired.
    • Exhibited capability to plan and perform systems engineering and analysis tasks independently and as a team.
    • Willingness and ability to learn new skills and flexibility to adapt to rapidly changing requirements is mandatory.
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products such as Power-Point, Excel, and Word is required.



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 24, 2020, 3:55:02 AM


: Engineering



Job Type

: Experienced

Job Classification: Full-Time Regular

Work Locations


620 Discovery Drive 

 Huntsville 35806

Capabilities: Aviation