Company: Jacobs
Skills: Mechanical Engineering
Experience: 4 + Years
Education: Bachelors/3-5 yr Degree
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: Florida, United States

Launch Equipment Test Engineer - Job Description / Responsibilities

Jacobs provides overall management and implementation of ground systems capabilities, flight hardware processing and launch operations at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. These tasks will support the International Space Station, Ground Systems Development and Operations, and the Space Launch System, Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and Launch Services programs.

The ideal candidate is an experienced, self-sufficient hands-on engineer with a solid background in hazardous testing, effective operations and testing leadership, and operations and maintenance experience with large and/or distributed mechanical/fluid systems. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in the following areas: Four or more (4+) years in cryogenic/pneumatic operations, pressure system design/assembly (ASME B31.3 compliance), and demonstrated strength in leadership and management of complex projects and project teams.

  • Under the direction of a supervisor, the engineer will serve as a test engineer, test conductor, project lead, and engineering team lead providing support and leadership for operations and technology development on aerospace ground support / testing equipment for the Ground Systems Support group at Kennedy Space Center's (KSC) Launch Equipment Test Facility (LETF).
  • The engineer will be responsible for mentoring less experienced engineers, technical leadership, readiness and integrity of facility systems for testing, operational risk management, and customer communications.
  • Engineering responsibilities include development of safe test methods, authoring maintenance and testing procedures, accurate setup and execution of tests, and objective performance assessment of test articles.
  • Testing methods include lifting, proof loading, and operating mechanical, pneumatic, hydraulic, and cryogenic components, umbilicals, and launch accessories.
  • Supports design and leads implementation of facility upgrades and supporting system modifications to enhance test capability.
  • Interfaces with technicians across a wide range of trade skills to fabricate, install, and operate complex fixtures and equipment used in testing.


Launch Equipment Test Engineer Job Qualifications (May be filled at a higher engineering level depending on years of relevant experience)

BS degree in Mechanical, Aerospace or related engineering discipline from an ABET accredited engineering school plus four (4) or more years of progressive and relevant hands-on experience, Minimum of four (4) years engineering experience with a strong emphasis on mechanical/fluids systems in an operational and/or test environment.

  • Experience working with high pressure pneumatic systems using nitrogen and helium, and cryogenic systems using liquid hydrogen and liquid nitrogen is required.
  • Experience as a test conductor and test engineer is required.
  • Experience authoring detailed operational procedures incorporating technical, quality, and safety elements is required.
  • Experience with developing the following types of documents is preferred: System requirements, test requirements and plans, procurement specifications, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, test readiness reviews, and technical data reports.
  • Specific familiarity with KSC Pressure Vessels and Systems standard KNPR 8719.17 and KSC lifting standard KNPR 8719.9 is preferred.
  • Familiarity with Pro/E - Creo, AutoCAD or equivalent CAD/CAE system is preferred.
  • General familiarity with KSC / space launch ground support equipment, processes, procedures, and documentation is preferred.
  • Experience with MS Office products is required.
  • Effective task/project management, organizational, and problem solving skills are required.
  • This position requires working with other team leaders in guiding the efforts of other less experienced engineers, technicians and subcontractors, working closely with peers, and supporting NASA and other customers.
  • Excellent leadership, communication, and team skills are required.
  • If offered a position, proof of U.S. Citizenship or Legal Permanent Resident/Green Card holder of the United States is required.

Essential Functions

Physical Requirements
• Will be required to wear hearing protection, eye protection, fall protection, and other associated personal protective equipment.
• Position may involve extended periods of sitting or standing.
• Physical requirements are: sitting, walking, standing, extensive use of stairs, and access to elevated and/or remote structures.
• Position is located on a hazardous testing facility; must be able to quickly evacuate buildings in the event of an emergency.

Work Environment
• Will be required to work inside and outside throughout the LETF complex.
• Position may require daily individual to travel to different areas at KSC.
• Walking on uneven terrain including paved areas, gravel/rocks, and dirt/sand is required to access various locations on the facility.
• Climbing ladders and platforms, and accessing confined spaces may be necessary.
• All work must be completed in a safe manner in accordance with NASA and Company
• safety standards.

Equipment and Machines
• Computers and printers used for producing reports and schedules.
• Variety of equipment used in testing.

• Full-time regular work hours between Monday-Friday.
• Position may require occasional overtime including weekend work depending on task.
• Must be dependable and punctual.
• Shift work may be required.

Other Essential Functions
• Must be able to accurately communicate ideas in writing and verbal communication.
• Must be able to travel to support position requirements. This may include travel to and from customer location, which may involve airline travel. In some cases, accommodations can be made for POV, if necessary.
• Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.
• Must comply with all "drug free workplace" requirements as mandated by directives issued by the appropriate federal contracting officer and the company, which requires drug testing for use of illegal drugs by employees in sensitive positions.
• Government security clearance may be required in the future.

Must maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner that fosters good relations with customers, clients, co-workers, and management.