Sr. Systems Software Test Engineer

Huntsville, Alabama
08 Sep 2016
03 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
The Engineering & Science Services and Skills Augmentation (ESSSA) contract provides engineering, scientific and engineering technician support to NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, AL. The Jacobs ESSSA Group is comprised of nine companies of Aerodyne, All Points Logistics, Bevilacqua, ERC, Geocent, Jacobs, Lee and Associates, Qualis and Tuskegee. Each company, individually and in combination as the Jacobs Team, brings strong technical capabilities and value-added management strategies to the ESSSA contract. The Jacobs ESSSA Group works across the contract without boundaries governed by the Integrated Team Management Approach (ITMA).

Jacobs ESSSA Group offers a partnership in which you can grow personally and professionally with the advantages of strong leadership, competitive compensation, and rewarding career paths. Come join the team whose work is destined to have a long-range effect on future generations!


The key purpose of the position is to plan and perform Hardware in the Loop Test Development, Test Conduction and Test Reporting using the Systems Integration Laboratory (SIL) Hardware-in-the-Loop facility (HWIL) to verify the integrated avionics system for the Space Launch System (SLS) at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.

Responsible to provide services and support for the Avionics and Ground Systems Test Branch (ES53) for the Space Launch System (SLS) program. This branch is responsible for maintenance, fabrication, integration, operation, assembly, and testing of project hardware and software. Provide test support to the Avionics and Ground Systems Test Branch for programs and projects. This support will be conducted within an existing operational Government owned and managed facility housed at MSFC. All task support shall comply with the Avionics and Ground Systems Test Branch Organizational Work Instructions (OWIs) and safety procedures. Personnel will be required to be active participants in MSFC's safety program and International Standards Organization (ISO). Work processes are governed by Avionics and Ground Systems Test Branch OWIs. Personnel will be required to stay up-to-date on all required training, abide by branch Job Hazard Analyses (JHAs) and attend branch safety meetings.

This is a senior level position that requires broad technical capability to perform Test Development, Test Conduction and Test Reporting of real-time HWIL systems, as well as good project management skills to define and plan the activities. Tracking and reporting progress and timely completion of milestones is essential. Problem solving and troubleshooting, including hands-on use of test equipment will be required. Develop and Execute Simulation based Tests. Provide engineering/scientist support to augment a team of Government engineers.
  • Participate in defining verification/validation information such as Detailed Verification Objectives and success criteria.
  • Develop test scripts via a scripting language such as Python and C.
  • Write technical documents including test plans, procedures and reports to address verification requirements.
  • Review program/project documents and provide relevant comments from a test perspective.
  • Develop and use data reduction and manipulation tools.
  • Develop and perform test procedures, including pre-test setups such as instrumentation, data acquisition, software loading/configuration and post-test activities such as data archiving and data analysis.
    • Assist in producing integrated schedules, management reports and budget reports.
    • Produce, archive, and distribute test data as appropriate to support verification closure.
    • Evaluate test data to correlate with test findings and investigate potential anomalies.
    • Participate in or conduct meetings in support of the above activities.

These activities will be on-going as the launch vehicle architecture matures and the SLS program completes program phases, reviews and schedule milestones.
A degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or related field from an ABET accredited institution is required. Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a Ph.D., with minimum of 12 years of experience, a Masters with at least 15 years of experience, or BS with at least 20 years of experience. Minimum 5 years of experience using simulation in HWIL systems testing.

Demonstrated expertise in:
  • Expertise in analysis of Requirements and Design Verification Objectives for Testability and Test Development
  • Development of optimized test plans and procedures
  • Troubleshooting and testing in support of distributed computing and simulation of launch vehicle and spacecraft systems
  • Ability to work as part of a team or as an individual contributor
  • Travel may be required expected to be no more than 5%.

Demonstrated proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office products including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Ability to perform hands-on integration and troubleshooting support, including proficiency with basic lab hardware and software diagnostic tools.

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.