Engineer III

Las Cruces, New Mexico
02 Sep 2016
22 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a NASA Test Evaluation and Support contract position; it may be assigned to Jacobs Technology Inc. or a teammate company.

The function of the position is to independently evaluate, select and apply standard engineering techniques, procedures, and criteria; make minor adaption and modifications. Position involves working in the Technical Services Design & Analysis Group at the NASA White Sands Test Facility (WSTF). The group performs two primary functions - 1) Reviews documentation of WSTF pressure systems for compliance with NASA requirements which often reflect national consensus standards and provides assistance to various organizations on site in the design and development of pressure systems, 2) establish design requirements, system design, performs design reviews, and analyses systems regarding design calculations and failure modes and hazards. The successful candidate will be involved in both functions of the Design and Analysis Group. Responsibilities will include but are limited to reviewing system documentation, identifying discrepancies between actual and recorded configuration, mechanical analysis, various calculations, system and vessel testing and documentation of system compliance. Must independently perform project assignment that involves few complex features and can be guided by codes, standards, and other precedents of the discipline. Will analyze and/or evaluate the results of an analysis using techniques prescribed by senior engineers or supervisors. Accomplish complete tasks of limited scope or solve problems which require investigation of a limited number of variables. The candidate may be called upon to perform the role of a project leader in regard to tracking and reporting on project schedule, budget, and resource related items specific to an assigned project.
Requires an ABET-accredited engineering degree: BS degree and three (3) to five (5) years related engineering experience, or MS degree and two (2) to three (3) years related experience, or Ph.D. Demonstrated mechanical design experience and knowledge of pressure systems is required. A working knowledge of ASME boiler and piping codes (B31.3, Section VIII Division I, etc.) is required. Knowledge and application of other post construction codes such as API 579 Fitness for Service is desired but not required. Demonstrated experience and knowledge of propellant systems, cryogenic systems, nitrogen systems, and breathing air systems is highly desirable. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required. Project management experience and/or demonstrated leadership experience is preferred. Engineering Technology degrees do not qualify for this position.

Essential Functions:


Position requires computer operation to accomplish tasks. Must be able to sit for extended duration to perform some tasks. Must be able to work in shop, laboratory, and test facility environment. This includes standing, walking, and occasional climbing or crawling around test facilities. Some WSTF test systems are located outdoors and/or in hazardous test areas. Some work will require use of personal protective equipment, including respirators, hearing protection, eye protection and other associated protective equipment. Individuals must be able to pass physical examinations necessary for approval to work in these areas.


Majority of work is in a climate-controlled office environment; however work in an outdoor environment is also required at times. As necessary, must be able to travel to other work areas, be aware of safety requirements for those areas, and work within those constraints (e.g. access procedures and proper PPE). Must have the ability to work with hazardous materials in a Hazardous Testing Environment (materials such as, but not limited to, high pressure gases, hazardous fluids/propellants, explosives, and cryogenics).


Common personal computer software including Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office Suite. May need to work with Mathcad, Pro/Engineer, Pro/MECHANICA, AutoCAD and related packages to accomplish work. Use of calculator, printer, fax, scanner, telephone, filing cabinets, and other standard office equipment is required. May be required to drive government vehicles, must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.


Regular attendance and punctuality are essential in this high collaborative environment and required for consistent customer service. This is a full time position which may require overtime in support of project schedules or other priority assignments as determined by Management. Occasional travel may be required.


Test programs at WSTF often have an aggressive schedule with daily on-site interaction with a NASA project manager. Must be able to function as a member of a team in a fast paced environment. It is vital that the individuals involved are team-players, willing and able to multi-task and redirect their efforts as needed for the success of the team. All work must be completed in a safe manner in accordance with NASA and Company safety standards. Must be a U.S. Citizens. Must pass a Federal background investigation and maintain access to government facilities and computer systems. Must submit to and pass a drug screening.