Stages Insight Systems Engineer

Huntsville, Alabama
02 Nov 2016
07 Jun 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. Come join the team whose work is destined to have a long-range effect on future generations!

This person shall provide engineering support to augment a team of Government engineers and assist the Government engineers by completing the activities listed below:
  • Attend and contribute to Space Launch System (SLS) Core Stage Meetings concerning Avionics test technical issues/status
  • Report to and meet weekly with SLS Core Stage Avionics Test Lead
  • Provide technical review of Level 2 Integrated Avionics Test Facility (IATF) documentation, Level 2 Flight Software documentation, and Core Stages test related documentation such as Change Packages
  • Be actively engaged in Systems Integration Test Facility Qualification Line (SITF-Q) technical issues/problem reports
  • Provide technical input to the SITF-Q and SITF-Q2 Certification activities, including the Level 2 Verification, Validation and Accreditation activities
  • Provide technical insight into Level 2 to SLS Core Stage interfaces in SITF-Q
  • Provide technical input to the Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF) avionics test plan and procedures
  • Be cognizant of Material Review Boards (MRBs) generated during MAF acceptance testing
  • Attend/participate in MAF and MAF Test Equipment related reviews and meetings
  • Provide technical insight for avionics Green Run test equipment: Stages Controller, B-2 Test Stand Emulator and Vehicle Emulator
  • Provide technical insight into Stennis Space Center (SSC) B2 Test Stand activities
  • Provide technical insight for Green Run early activation activities and Green Run hot fire tests
  • Attend/participate in Green Run and Green Run Test Equipment related reviews and meetings
  • Provide technical support for development of Kennedy Space Center (KSC) integration activities involving SLS Core Stage
  • Provide technical input/review of Core Stage related Operations and Maintenance Requirements and Specification (OMRS) and Launch Commit Criteria (LCC)
  • Attend/participate in KSC and KSC Test Equipment related reviews and meetings
  • Provide technical support for Stages reviews such as Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Reviews, Test Readiness Reviews, and Design Certification Reviews.

Travel may be required expected to be no more than 20%.

A degree in Mechanical, Electrical, Systems Engineering, or related field from an ABET accredited institution is required. Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a Ph.D. 4 years of experience; Masters with at least 6 years of experience, or a BS with at least 10 years of experience. Minimum 5 years of experience with testing/test methodology and performing verification and validation activities at a system level.

Demonstrated expertise in:
  • Analysis of Requirements and Design Verification Objectives for Testability and Test Development
  • Assimilation of test requirements in order to develop test methodology and test approach to address requirement verification, including definition of needed test resources.
  • Development of test plans and procedures
  • Working with busses and networks such as MIL-STD 1553, Ethernet and RS-422
  • Troubleshooting and testing in support of distributed computing and simulation of launch vehicle and spacecraft systems
  • Integration tasks and development activities
  • Ability to work as part of a team or as an individual contributor
  • Clear written and verbal communications with team members and others outside the team.

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.