Roles and responsibilities
Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder
Estimated duration of 7 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
Spacecraft Mechanical Engineering Section – Mechanical Integration Engineering Group. This unique opportunity is part of the Mechanical Systems Engineering, Fabrication and Test Division, which 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 mission operations.
As a Mechanical Integration Engineer you will be developing and designing Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (MGSE) for JPL’s Spacecraft Mechanical Engineering Section, which is responsible for the architecture of mechanical engineering designs and solutions that enable unprecedented spaceflight missions and science acquisition. You will work with a team that leads the development of mission enabling technology and end-to-end mechanical systems for all JPL projects and missions.
• Serve as a Mechanical Integration Engineer for a Flight Project.
• Work in a collaborative environment to design, analyze, build and test mechanical ground support equipment (MGSE) and tooling for a Flight Project.
• Develop 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 integration program.
• Estimate cost, and develop schedules required to produce MGSE.
• Interface with engineers, stress analysts, designers, manufacturing specialists, machine shop, flight techs, and project staff.
• Establish requirements, and specify interfaces for flight hardware for MGSE under development.
• Work independently, and under the direction of the group supervisor, project management, and technical leads.
• Direct work for one or more junior engineers and or flight techs as required.
• Develop 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.
• 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, Civil Engineering or related technical discipline with a minimum of 10 years of related experience; Master’s degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 8 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 5 years related experience.
• Practical experience using advanced principles, theories, concepts and techniques in solving mechanical engineering problems, with the ability to perform trade studies, develop conceptual configurations, engineer piece-parts and mechanical systems, and facilitate the fabrication, assembly, and qualification of MGSE hardware.
• Expertise in two or more mechanical engineering disciplines for the design, analysis and test of structures and mechanisms, including strength of materials, loads and stress analysis, dynamics analysis, machine design, Structural design, structural/mechanical testing, manufacturing engineering, mechanical systems, and machine shop practices.
• Practical experience using Unigraphics/Siemens NX and or SolidWorks CAD modeling software used in a Product Delivery Management (PDM) or similar Concurrent Engineering environment. Experience using TeamCenter preferred.
• Demonstrated experience developing and delivering mechanical parts, assemblies or mechanical systems.
• Demonstrated experience performing stress analysis of structures and mechanical elements, using classical hand methods and Finite Element Modeling.
• Knowledge of Standards for Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T) per American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Y14.5.
• Knowledge of academic and industry practices and standards across a range of applications related to the development, production and safety of aerospace flight hardware and systems.
• Proven ability to work in a team environment.
• Demonstrated experience leading one or more junior engineers or techs on an engineering project, including directing assignments, and reviewing and evaluating work.
• Good communication (oral, written, presentation), interpersonal, negotiation and organizational skills.
• Knowledge of JPL MGSE safety requirements
• Knowledge of NASA safety requirements
• Knowledge of AWS Weld Standards, especially D1.1 and D2.1
• Extensive background designing MGSE/Tooling for complex aerospace vehicle flight systems
• Experience leading teams of two or more engineers and techs