Design Operations Engineer

Edwards AFB, California
16 Oct 2016
08 Feb 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and construction services for industrial, commercial and government organizations globally. The company employs over 54,000 people and operates in more than 25 countries around the world.

Jacobs is seeking an Operations Engineer to support NASA Armstrong Flight Research (AFRC) Center located at Edwards Air Force Base, CA.

This is a working level position that applies an intermediate level of engineering technology and Aero-Mechanical Design Engineering concepts to the specific technical tasks at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC). The s elected candidate will provide support to the Commercial Supersonic Technology (CST) project serving as a senior design operations engineer.

Responsibilities include:

  • Serve as a design operations engineer for Armstrong projects to develop and implement flight vehicle integration aero-mechanical designs.
  • Demonstrate understanding of complex metal fabrication and wiring diagram concepts, complete with advanced knowledge of mechanical fastener and hole design criteria. Capable of applying geometric dimensioning and tolerancing methodologies to ensure accurate and repetitive manufacturing.
  • Routinely demonstrate the ability to access the Center product data management system to retrieve drawings that require review and/or change. Review complex drawings and layouts to ensure clarity, completeness, form, fit, function, and conformity to standards, procedures, and specifications. Identify design errors, omissions, and other deficiencies. Direct revisions and improvements to engineers or designers (as required).
  • Retrieve component/assembly models from the product data management system and incorporate complex changes to features. Implement revised model elements to update component, sub-assembly, assembly, and kit drawings.
  • Concept, design, and model new components and assemblies using parametric CAD tools. Surface shape parts and utilize fundamental finite element analysis tools to analyze simple components.
  • Conduct complex parametric model resolution analyses to solve drawing format, feature, and table problems. Generate advanced documentation in accordance with customer standards.
  • Communicates with cross-functional resources to establish understanding of customer's technical requirements and convey design capabilities, product performance, and organizational expertise.
  • Provides leadership, trains, and mentors less experienced designers.
  • When required, create and maintain project schedule, resources, and budget, which include the generation of milestones required to complete assigned design projects.
  • Develop procedures for assembly, installation and integration of research and scientific instruments into NASA Armstrong Aircraft.
  • Develop and/or modify existing procedures for the proper installation and integration of experiments supporting aeronautical flight research.
  • Create reports and other documentation necessary to describe the results of studies and/or tests.
  • Analyze indicated and calculated results in relation to requirements, specifications, or test objectives.
  • Follow the safe practices and rules contained in the JACOBS Corporate Safety and Health Plan and other such rules and practices communicated on the job.

  • Candidate must possess at least 8,000 hours of mechanical modeling and design experience.
  • Review project instructions to ascertain requirements, specifications, procedures, objectives, equipment, nature of technical problem, and possible solutions.
  • Working knowledge of aero-mechanical design principles, processes, methods, and tools for aeronautical systems, including industry and NASA standards and practices, and ability to independently perform structural analysis tasks, within a multidisciplinary team environment.
  • Proficient in Creo Apps (Pro-Engineer) foundation modules (3D Detail Design/Part/Surfacing/Sheetmetal/Assembly modeling (Pro-Report and Pro-Process).
  • Design parts/assembly/fixture from scratch or sketches and with minimal instructions/directions.
  • Develop conceptual layouts to capture product specification and function of assembly/component interface, size, location, and placement.
  • Specify material/finish and selection of OEM components (hardware, fasteners, pins, fitting, etc.).
  • Create complex 3D models, large assembly, fabrication drawings utilizing Pro-Engineer - Creo 3.0.
  • Generate detailed fabrication drawings per Global DRM and ASME Y-14M with extensive knowledge of GD&T application.
  • Perform complex interference fit checks, motion studies, and tolerance stack-up analysis on large assemblies.
  • Utilize Windchill PDMLink to configure and manage Pro-E CAD data.
  • Proficient in Top Down Design (TDD) methodologies and applications of model-centric designs.
  • Proficient in analysis tools, CETOL for tolerance analysis and Mechanica/Mechanism or Creo simulation for kinematic studies.
  • Knowledge regarding aircraft mechanical and avionics systems.
  • Must be able to work in a dynamic and multi-task work environment by prioritizing work and coordinating task/project schedules.
  • Must be able to ascertain, manage and decompose requirements in specific technical areas.
  • Must possess a demonstrated commitment to meet the deadlines.
  • Accustom to working on a team in a hands-on engineering environment.
  • Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills.

Educational Requirements:
  • High School diploma along with 15 years technically related experience; or
  • Associate degree in Engineering or Physical Science along with 15 years of general work experience; or
  • BS Degree in non-engineering discipline along with 15 years technically specific experience which include 5 years performing para-engineering duties; or
  • BS Degree in Engineering or Physical Science along with 7 years general work experience; or
  • Advanced Degree in Engineering or Physical Science with 4 years general work experience.

U.S. CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED: Applicant selected will be subject to a U.S. government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

Essential Functions

Work Environment

Work involves an inside office environment/cubicle. (Considerations: closed quarters, close together, limited lighting.)

Must be able to commute between buildings to support work requirements.

Independent transportation necessary to support work requirements and to arrive at work site.

No hazards on job site or any unusual environmental condition exists.

Must maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner to get along with customers, clients, co-workers and management.
Must perform work activities requiring interaction, negotiating, instructing, supervising, persuading or speaking with others.
Must be able to work under supervision and respond appropriately and professionally to criticism from a supervisor.

Physical Requirements

Working at a computer or desk (Considerations: sitting, eyes, hands). May involve long periods of sitting or standing depending on current tasking.

Equipment and Machines

Personal computer (75%), scanner (5%), copy machine (5%), telephone (5%), laser printer (5%), fax
machine (2%), and other office equipment including desk supplies.


With the exception of STD/LTD/FMLA & approved time off, attendance is considered essential.

Normal work days are Monday through Friday except US Federal Holidays.

Core hours of work are from 0800 to 1530 daily.

All employees are expected to be available during core hours.

Other Essential Functions

Travel to other government facilities or other contractor facilities to participate in meetings, reviews, audits and research necessary in accomplishing assigned tasks may be required. Travel generally does not exceed 10%.

The Jacobs System Lifecycle Group (SLG) enables the success of Department of Defense (DOD) and other Governmental organizations by providing unmatched systems life-cycle solutions. As a partner to our clients, we focus on innovative and cutting edge solutions that drive value. We take pride in sustaining a strong culture by remaining true to our three Core Values: We are a Relationship-based; Growth is an Imperative, and People Are Our Greatest Asset. Jacobs 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.