Job ID: 11463
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Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.
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 I, 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. Responsibilities include the following:
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.
Assist in developing 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.
Assist in developing 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.
Note: This is a temporary position and may last up to 36 months in duration with approvals based on 6-month assignments. However, please note that you are not under any employment contract and your temporary employment status can be terminated at any time, with or without notice.
Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Robotics, Structural Engineering, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 1 year 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.
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
Ability to solve mechanical design problems, perform trade studies, develop design requirements, perform piece part design, and coordinate fabrication, assembly, and qualification of hardware.
Ability to Obtain Work Authorization