Senior System Integration, Test and Validation Engineer

Huntsville, Alabama
18 Nov 2016
12 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 eight companies of Aerodyne, All Points Logistics, Bevilacqua, ERC, 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!

Provide engineering leadership and support to EV73 in support of the SLS Vehicle Chief Engineer (CE) and/or Lead Systems Engineer (LSE) and the MSFC Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) Division (EV70) in the areas of Systems Engineering (SE), verification and validation (V&V), system-level (horizontal) integration across disciplines, and cross-architecture (vertical) integration between elements/system/cross-program throughout the program lifecycle with focus on acceptance, integration, checkout, and post-flight evaluation.
  • Participate in the overall SLS Systems Engineering process including requirements development, requirements validation, requirements traceability, interface development and management, detailed design, risk management, model and simulation, V&V, functional analysis, and operational test and checkout planning.
  • Engage in development and implementation of system V&V planning, strategies, and detailed approaches with a focus on acceptance, assembly, integration, test & checkout, and post-flight evaluation.
  • Participate in the development, approval and implementation of Operational and Maintenance Requirements and Specifications to enable assembly, integration, and test & checkout steps needed for build verification and system validation.
  • Develop and integrate the implementation of detailed objectives and success criteria for Flight Data Analyses to enable post-flight system validation.
  • Identify and provide technical recommendations to provide objective evidence that requirements and functions are compliant to explicit and implicit mission requirements
  • Provide technical integration of system-level V&V with element and cross-program V&V assessment of verification activities and support of cross-program and element interface verification and validation to assure effective and efficient V&V of the system.
  • Identify issues/risks, develop technical recommendations for resolution, review and comment to program/cross-program data items, develop and deliver presentations as-required to communicate recommendations to the CE and/or LSE.
A degree in Aerospace, Mechanical. Systems or a related Engineering or technical field from an ABET accredited institution is required. Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a Ph.D. with a minimum of 10 years of experience, a Masters with at least 12 years of experience, or a BS with at least 15 years of experience.

  • A minimum of 15 years of experience with systems engineering, vehicle integration, systems integration, verification and validation (V&V), and test planning is required.
  • The ideal candidate will have demonstrated experience developing and delivering executive level briefings, will have negotiation skills demonstrated through complex technical problem solving, and will have demonstrated ability to breakdown complex engineering and programmatic problems or issues into manageable pieces.
  • Personnel are required to be logical thinking, self-motivated, team players familiar with working in a dynamic work environment who are willing to assume a mix of broad and specific roles in this SLS verification, validation, and test planning effort.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge and experience evaluating and balancing the technical efforts of multidisciplinary engineering contributions is required.
  • Must have knowledge of component level and integrated systems verification planning (qualification and acceptance) and have experience working with NASA test and verification boards.
  • Experience defining and documenting verification requirements, test plans, and test procedures as well as their subsequent compliance closure assessment is required.
  • Understanding and knowledge of current SLS program plans and strategy is desired.
  • Experience using systems engineering tools such as Cradle or DOORS for the management of verification compliance data, requirement traceability, and verification closures is desired.
  • Intermediate skills using Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, & Outlook) are required.

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 (

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.

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