FUNCTION OF POSITION
Leads engineering projects for the modification of large spacecraft test facilities at Goddard Space Flight Center. This position is intended to primarily support facility modifications driven by WFIRST telescope testing requirements, but may also support other projects and/or departments at NASA GSFC..
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Serve as primary point of contact to the WFIRST project representing the Environmental Test and Integration Branch (Code 549) concerning major facility modifications necessary to execute testing regimen. Work will primarily concern the Space Environmental Simulator vacuum chamber but may also include the High Capacity Centrifuge.
Work with project personnel to understand project requirements and evaluate facility capabilities against those requirements
Develop detailed plans for facility modification. Work with engineering staff to generate detailed engineering analysis and designs to accommodate project requirements. This may be Finite Element Analyses, 3D solid model design, blueprints, drawings, etc.
Develop statements of work for subcontracts associated with facility modifications. Manage subcontractor work from requirements to execution.
Provide technical expertise to other project engineers/managers.
Read, write and interpret drawings, blueprints and electrical schematics in order to perform system evaluation and cost estimates.
Provide technical guidance for engineers, engineering technicians, and subcontractors performing technical tasks, including design, planning, material specifications, maintenance, and in-process guidance.
Ensure all work adheres to National, NASA, and GSFC requirements.
Ability to work safely, follow directions and conduct quality and safety inspections. Must understand and follow posted work rules/procedures.
May be cross-utilized and cross-trained to support all groups within functional support areas.
May also perform other duties associated within area of assignment as directed by lead personnel or management.
May also perform temporary duties in other areas or other duties associated within area of assignment.
NATURE OF POSITION CHALLENGES
Reviews, analyzes and integrates the technical work of others.
Ability to adapt to weekend and holiday support on short notice and extended hours as required.
Works under the direct supervision of an Engineering Supervisor.
SUPERVISION OF OTHERS
Lead personnel are responsible for providing technical direction and organizing workload, but do not have supervision/management duties.
Assignments must be completed using available allocated resources in a timely manner to meet project cost and schedule requirements.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILL REQUIREMENTS
Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. Mechanical, Aerospace, or Civil preferred.
Education or years’ experience commensurate with skill level required for position complexity as determined by management.
Project management degree or certification is highly desired, such as MBA or PMP
Significant experience leading and/or managing projects and project teams, including subcontractors, and providing technical guidance.
Solid understanding of spacecraft integration and/or testing processes, design/analysis of test-related fixtures, and/or test facility engineering
Proven in-depth knowledge of related building codes, regulations, and ordinances.
Ability to follow verbal and written instructions from Leads, engineering or management.
Ability to use own judgment and decisions to allow continuity of work flow.
Must be self-motivated and a “Team Player” with good interpersonal and communication skills.
Must be able to organize time, assignments and properly prioritize efforts for maximum effectiveness.
Must possess a valid driver’s license.
Must be capable of passing required physical examinations and successfully completing assigned training or other required training or certifications as directed by ETIS III management.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THE POSITION
A. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Lift and carry items up to 35 pounds.
Ability to use hearing and vision protection.
Ability to distinguish eight color panel display.
B. WORK ENVIRONMENT
Work is primarily in an office setting, plus in lab areas or mechanical room spaces.
Work indoors and out in high and low temperatures and in all types of weather conditions.
Work with other personnel in a group that is team-oriented.
Accept and work within established policies and procedures pertaining to company rules and regulations.
C. EQUIPMENT AND MACHINES INVOLVED IN WORK TASK
Desktop computers utilizing Microsoft Office Suite software including Word and Excel, as well as specialized engineering applications
D. CRITICALITY OF ATTENDANCE
Regular daily attendance and reporting on time is required to maintain shift effectiveness. Overtime (holidays, weekends, scheduled and unscheduled) and shift work may be required.