Engineer I

Las Cruces, New Mexico
20 Nov 2016
31 Mar 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
This is a NASA Test, Evaluation and Support Contract position and may be assigned to Jacobs Technology or a teammate company.

This is a position in the Hazardous Test Engineering Branch of the WSTF Materials & Components Laboratories Office. The position involves working with a team to conduct hypervelocity impact testing on customer supplied targets. The engineer will provide support to the Hypervelocity Test Group in the following areas: shot planning daily/weekly, gun range coordination, interface with WSTF machine shop, conduct pre-test meetings, interface with customers, generating work authorization documents, shot report completion and provide training and oversight for test technicians. Knowledge and basic understanding of solid modeling and drawing creation, finite element analysis, experimental methods/design, hydraulic and pneumatic test systems is preferable. Previous experience with instrumentation/data acquisition, remotely controlled operations, test plans and test preparation. Some familiarity with basic vacuum and pressure systems technology is desired. Performs a variety of routine engineering tasks, requires experience and familiarization with engineering methods, practices and programs. Makes recommendations to improve efficiencies based upon data and trends. The engineer may be cross trained and utilized in other areas within the WSTF Materials & Components Laboratories Office. Preference will be given to highly motivated candidates with demonstrated strength in mechanical aptitude, basic knowledge in machining, pyrotechnics, basic knowledge of internal and external ballistics, technical report writing, and leadership experience. Must have excellent communication skills, customer & safety focus, and work well in a team environment.

BS degree in Aerospace, Mechanical, or Industrial Engineering from an ABET accredited engineering program. Degrees in Engineering Technology are not considered to be qualified for this position.

Essential Functions

Physical Requirements

Position is located on a hazardous testing facility; must be able to quickly evacuate buildings in the event of an emergency. Will be required to climb stairs in order to access equipment for trouble shooting. Will be required to wear personnel protective equipment as required for the location and conditions of work. Position may involve extended periods of sitting or standing. Physical requirements are: sitting, walking, standing, extensive use of stairs/ladders, and access to remote structures. Typically required to lift and hold up to 30 pounds.

Work Environment

Desk/office work and test area (gun lab) work. Will be required to work inside and outside. Position requires individual to travel to different areas on site. Walking on uneven terrain including paved areas, gravel/rocks, and dirt/sand is required to access various locations on the facility. Exempt employees will not operate equipment and machines involved in the performance of testing; union personnel perform these tasks. However, exempt salaried personnel in this job will work around explosives, pressurized systems, vacuum chambers and related hardware. All work must be completed in a safe manner in accordance with NASA and Company safety standards.

Equipment and Machines

Computer work required. Knowledge of Microsoft programs such as Word, Excel, Project, and Outlook is necessary. Use of calculator, printer, fax, scanner, telephone, filing cabinets, and other standard office equipment is required. Operation of a government motor vehicle may be required.


Regular attendance and punctuality is required. Occasional overtime may be required in support of test project schedules or other priority assignments as determined by management or customer needs. Normal working hours are nine (9) hour per day with some flexibility based on pre-approval. A condensed work schedule, allowing alternate Fridays off, is typically in use for each two week pay cycle (9-80 schedule).

Other Essential Functions

Must be able to communicate effectively with individuals at all levels of the organization. Must work well under pressure to meet deadline requirements. Dress must be appropriate for the position and not pose a safety risk or hazard to the employee or others in accordance with NASA and Company policies. Must be a U.S Citizen. Must possess a valid state driver's license. Must pass a Federal background investigation. Must be able to pass a physical examination as determined by the NASA White Sands Test Facility and the Company for the job classification. Must submit to pre-employment drug testing. Must maintain site access to NASA facilities and computer systems.