Systems Engineer – Operations & Integrated Testing - (AER00057I)

  • Jacobs
  • Primary Location: United States-Florida-Kennedy Space Center-20320-MSFC-03
  • Dec 07, 2020
Full time Construction

Job Description

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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.



The Systems Engineer supports the Space Launch Systems (SLS) Program, Systems Engineering and Integration Organization (SEIO), Launch Integration and Mission Operations (LIMO) Office for the SLS Program. This position will perform engineering and liaison functions, providing an interface between the LIMO Office and other SLS, NASA, and Contractor organizations, for requirements, verification and validation, drawings and schematics, specifications, ground operations procedures, and technical issues. The focus tasks for this include the development, planning, and execution of the Integrated Test and Checkout (ITCO) of the SLS Launch Vehicle during assembly, integration, testing, and preparations for launch. This assignment is located at KSC, as a representative of the SEIO LIMO Vehicle Assembly and Integration Execution team.

The Systems Engineer will:

Provide systems engineering and interface integration support to the MSFC Systems Requirements, Verification & Validation Branch, for Space Launch System (SLS) Integrated Launch Vehicle testing.

Perform duties that include, but are not limited to interface design definition, requirements development, and verification planning.

Perform technical analysis of launch vehicle ground processing requirements and procedures, such as OMRS, WADs, and associated ground hardware for nominal and off-nominal integrated operations from manufacturing, transportation, off-line and integrated ground processing, stacking, integrated test and checkout, and launch.

Coordinate with KSC Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) Program and Orion Program personnel to identify and define ground operations processing requirements and procedures.

Coordinate and interface with the MSFC Customer, LIMO, and SLS discipline and project teams as well as participating in reviews, meetings (i.e., team/discipline, TIMs, teleconferences, etc.), working groups, and trade studies.

Prepare for and provide console staffing for Integrated Test execution.

Identify and communicate risks associated with interface requirements via the NASA Risk Management System. - Manage analyses, trade studies, and decision packages and provide feedback and technical recommendations (written and/or verbal) in support of the SPIE Element Chief Engineer or the Element Lead Systems Engineer.

Some travel to other NASA Centers and customer locations will be required (nominally 0 to 30%, depending on project requirements and integration testing activity.)

Chosen applicant is required to be self-motivated, effective team player familiar with working in a dynamic work environment who is willing to assume a Systems Integration role in this SLS systems design, definition, integration, integrated test and checkout effort.


Here's What You'll Need:



STEM Degree or related field is required. A degree from an ABET-accredited university is preferred. A BS with at least 20 years of aerospace industry experience is required. Typically the educational requirements are a Ph.D. with 19 years experience, MS with 23 years experience, or a BS with at least 25 years experience. 



  • Experience with Systems Engineering as a discipline, to include the development of requirements, requirement allocation, and development of verification plans, verification objectives, and verification implementation.
  • Experience in testing operations at KSC for past payloads, shuttle or other launch system.
  • Knowledge of the SLS integration concept and operations and integrated testing at KSC.
  • Familiarity with the Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) Program, Test and Operations Support Contract (TOSC) and SLS Program organizations
  • Experience in requirements, plans, and procedures development and experience in the execution of ground operations and testing operations for spacecraft or launch vehicle flight hardware and systems.
  • An understanding of launch vehicle systems definition, functional requirement development, and/or design integration.
  • Experience with NASA and/or MSFC spacecraft or launch vehicle development, processing, ground operations, and ground support equipment.
  • Experience reading and working with engineering drawings, interface control documents, configuration documents, or other technical documentation.
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, customer relation skills, and presentation skills are required.
  • Intermediate skills using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, & Outlook).



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-Florida-Kennedy Space Center-20320-MSFC-03

Job Posting

: Dec 1, 2020, 4:16:47 AM


: Engineering



Job Type

: Experienced

Job Classification: Full-Time Regular

Work Locations



 Kennedy Space Center 32899

Capabilities: Aerospace Technology and Defense Programs and Facilities