Columbus Technologies and Services, Inc.

Mechanical Engineer

Job Locations US-CA-Pasadena
Job Post Information* : Posted Date 4 weeks ago(3/17/2021 1:53 PM)
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Roles and responsibilities

Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder
Estimated duration of 18 months with the potential for extension or conversion.
W2 with full benefits
Customer and contract specific training will be required and provided.
Labor Category: Mechanical Engineer III


Job Description:
This unique opportunity is part of JPL's Mechanical Systems Engineering, Fabrication and Test Division that engages in research, technology development, and the creation of advanced mechanical, thermal, propulsion, and electronic packaging systems with expertise that spans the full breath of mechanical disciplines and is applied from architectural concept development through operations. As a Mechanical Engineer III, you will be working for the Payload and Small Spacecraft Mechanical Engineering Section (355), which is responsible for the structures, mechanisms, and mechanical systems engineering of payloads and small spacecraft across all phases of the mission lifecycle.
You will:
• Serve as a Mechanical Integration Engineer for a JPL flight project
• Work in a collaborative environment to design, analyze, build and test Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (MGSE) and tooling on a flight project.
• Lead the development of storyboards depicting the Mechanical Integration and Test (I&T) flow to determine MGSE, technical personnel, facilities, and tools that are required for a flight project
• Interface with engineers, analysts, designers, manufacturing specialists, machine shop, flight techs, and project staff.
• Establish requirements, and specify interfaces for flight hardware for MGSE under development.
• Lead the development of procedures for the testing, usage, and set-up of MGSE designed for flight project I&T.
• Coordinate the deployment and usage of MGSE to a flight project, including setting up critical reviews of MGSE prior to delivery.
• Plan critical mechanical integration operations in a clean room environment.
• Advise the Project as an MGSE subject matter expert in critical MGSE conceptualization and trade study decisions.
• Guide other engineers on the team in best practices for the development of Mechanical Ground Support Equipment.


Required Skills:
• Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder
• Offer contingent on ability to successfully pass a background check and drug screen
• Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Robotics, Structural Engineering, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 3 years of related experience; Master’s or PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or related disciplines.
• Knowledge in one or more of the following areas: mechanical design, computer aided design (CAD) and mechanical analysis tool (FEA).
• Recently completed coursework providing an understanding and application of standard principles, theories, concepts and techniques in mechanical systems including structures, configuration, mechanisms, structural analysis, and integration and test.
• General knowledge of applicable industry and/or academic practices and standards in mechanical design.
Desired Skills:
• Experience with computer aided design and drafting, and spacecraft flight hardware development and test. Working knowledge of mid-level CAD tools (i.e. Solidworks, Unigraphics).
• Relevant internship experience
• Demonstrated leadership abilities
• Ability to solve mechanical design problems, perform trade studies, develop design requirements, perform piece part design, and coordinate fabrication, assembly, and qualification of hardware.
• Good verbal and written communications skills with ability to work in a team environment


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