Test Manager- Capsule Parachute Assembly System

Houston, Texas
05 Oct 2016
26 Oct 2016
Contract Type
Full Time
Jacobs Technology is the advanced technology arm of Jacobs Engineering (NYSE:JEC), one of the largest engineering and technical service companies in the United States. Jacobs has partnered with NASA to support space flight programs for more than 40 years and held the predecessor Engineering and Science Contract (ESC) since 2005. We look forward to continuing that work as the prime contractor for the JSC Engineering, Technology, and Science (JETS) contract along with our eleven teammate companies to provide engineering, scientific and technical contract services at NASA's Johnson Space Center (Houston, TX). JETS provides products and technical services related to human operations in space through development and integration of a broad spectrum of engineering requirements. This includes human spacecraft flight and flight development products, human exploration mission planning for NASA, institution support services, and new technology development. At Jacobs, we believe that people are our greatest asset, and that is why we offer a partnership in which you can grow personally and professionally with the advantages of strong leadership, competitive compensation and rewarding career paths.

Our long-term client relationship with NASA has led to a need for a Test Manager- Capsule Parachute Assembly System (CPAS), with MTS, a JETS teammate company.

The CPAS Test Manager will:
  • Coordinate multiple organizations to achieve a successful qualification test of NASA Flight Hardware.
  • Draft test plans and procedures for operation of test articles.
  • Work alongside facility personnel during system assembly and test operations.
  • Review and evaluate the quantity, quality, and overall adequacy of test results and summarize in a post-test report.
  • Perform failure troubleshooting and resolution as needed.
  • Generate essential paperwork and documents for tasks assigned.
  • Work in a team environment and report to a project lead/manager to provide status on progress and issues and for support.
  • Perform job functions based on pre-established guidelines or instructions.
  • Perform above duties at a remote location. This will require potentially up to 9 trips per year of up to 20 days each.

  • Perform other duties as required.
Required Education/Experience/Skills:
  • BS degree in engineering from an accredited engineering school and ten (10) years of direct engineering experience, or a MS degree from an accredited engineering school and eight (8) years of direct engineering experience, or PhD and four (4) years of direct engineering experience.
  • Able to manage complex technical tests requiring the coordination of several specialized disciplines.
  • Experience with the design, assembly, test, and operation of space flight hardware.
  • Experience working in lab, office and field environments.
  • Basic knowledge of commonly-used concepts, practices, and procedures in the field, such as mechanical system design, engineering drawings and sketches, material selection, design software and tools, and office software.
  • Ability to prepare written documents and to verbally present at various meetings.
  • Must have the ability to visualize and work with complex mechanical systems and work with others in problem solving as part of a team.
  • Must be able to organize and prioritize tasks in order to meet deadlines and schedules with limited supervision.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products.

  • Familiarity with common hand tools and proficiency using them to perform assembly, disassembly, and troubleshooting on mechanical systems.
  • Familiar with Johnson Space Center (JSC) organizations, processes, and procedures.
  • Familiarity with the Engineering Life Cycle process.
  • Familiarity with large airdrops of large payloads.

Why Work for JETS?
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement
  • Comprehensive Medical Coverage (medical, dental, vision)
  • 401(k)
  • Benefits Tuition Reimbursement
  • Much, much more!

Don't miss out on this great opportunity; for immediate consideration, apply now! ( www.wehavespaceforyou.com ).
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.
  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which this position has been advertised.

Essential Functions

Work Environment

Generally an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on task.

Physical Requirements

Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of time). May require lifting and carrying up to 10 lbs (5% of time).

Equipment and Machines

Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements when required.

Other Essential Functions

Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

To the best of my knowledge, I meet the requirements to successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.