Design Integration and Interface Definition Sr. Systems Engineer

Huntsville, Alabama
26 Oct 2016
07 Dec 2016
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.

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!

Provide systems engineering and interface integration support to the Interface Definition & Systems Integration Branch/EV72 for oversight management and integration support to the Spacecraft/Payload Integration and Evolution (SPIE) Element Office.

Support includes coordinating and interfacing with the Spacecraft and Vehicle Systems Engineering & Integration (SE&I) Division team, the SPIE Element team, and the SLS Program teams/disciplines and as well as participating in reviews, meetings (i.e. team/discipline, TIMs, teleconferences, etc.), working groups, and trade studies.

Specific support to be provided and performed includes:
  • Lead design integration, requirement development, and verification planning efforts for the Integrated Spacecraft and Payload Element (ISPE) designated to support the SLS Vehicle Block 1B configurations as well as future vehicle configurations.
  • Perform thorough technical assessments of all proposed Block 1B Integrated Spacecraft and Payload Element (ISPE) interface requirements to understand the impacts that would result from the proposed requirement change and to recommend appropriate technical enhancements to improve the interface definition/control document(s).
  • Work with the Spacecraft/Payload Integration and Evolution (SPIE) Element Discipline Leads (EDLEs) to develop, define, and mature the interfaces between the Integrated Spacecraft and Payload Element (ISPE) subelements and the Exploration Upper Stage (EUS) Engine/Stages Element.
  • Lead the technical integration and coordination across disciplines such as propulsion, structures, avionics and power, guidance and navigation, flight software, and human engineering to facilitate maturation of interface definition/control requirements.
  • Management of the SPIE Block 1B controlling documents and/or deliverables such as design definition documents, interface requirement/control documents, functional schematics, trade study reports, and other technical briefing/decision packages.
  • Assist in the system engineering and integration efforts associated with the SPIE element and subsystem functional design concept assessments to ensure the performance and operational requirements can be attained.
  • Identify and communicate risks associated with interface requirements via the NASA Risk Management System.
  • Provide systems engineering support and technical leadership for Block 1B planning, task teams, requirements, trade studies, and documentation development.

Personnel may be asked to lead and/or support the following tasks:
  • Technical integration across multiple NASA Centers, diverse engineering and program/project organizations, and a variety of engineering technical disciplines.
  • Performance of critical mission event studies, process improvement studies, affordability improvement activities, or other studies focused on improving overall element design, systems integration, systems operation or life cycle cost.

Degree in engineering, physical sciences, and mathematics or equivalent fields of study from an ABET-accredited university is required as well as experience with launch vehicle hardware requirement definition, functional design, and/or systems integration 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.
  • Integration experience at the vehicle or element level which includes technical and systems engineering controls is required. Especially, interface integration and requirement documentation associated with vehicle systems and launch/test facilities.
  • Experience with launch vehicle programmatic planning as well as the monitoring, and control of efforts associated with system integration and oversight of prime contractor hardware production, test, and certification is required.
  • Must be comfortable working across organizational boundaries and engineering disciplines to identify and resolve interface and integration issues.
  • Knowledge of complex systems engineering life cycle end-to-end development ranging from requirements development, functional design, hardware integration, and requirement verification that ultimately lead to flight hardware certification is required.
  • The ideal candidate will have:
    • Demonstrated experience developing and delivering executive level briefings
    • Outstanding negotiation skills demonstrated through complex technical problem solving
    • Capability to breakdown complex problems or issues into manageable pieces
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, customer relation skills, and presentation skills are required.
  • Outstanding skills using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, & Outlook) are required
  • An understanding and knowledge of the current SLS program and a working understanding of the SLS, MPCV, and GSDO interfaces is highly desired.

Personnel are required to be self-motivated, effective team players familiar with working in a dynamic work environment who are willing to assume a Systems Integration leadership role in this SLS Spacecraft/Payload Integration & Evolution (SPIE) systems integration and interface definition effort.

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.