Drafting Engineer at Jacobs (Huntsville, AL)

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Jacobs leads the global professional services sector delivering solutions for a more connected, sustainable world. With $15.0 billion in combined revenue and a talent force more than 77,000 strong, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of services including scientific, technical, professional, construction- and program-management for business, industrial, commercial, government and infrastructure sectors. For more information, visit www.jacobs.com

Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) is comprised of 10 companies and is located at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL (ranked #11 in Best Places to Live by U.S. News). JSEG has been a primary contractor for NASA since 1989 and supports marquee NASA programs, including the Space Launch System, International Space Station, space optics fabrication, earth and space sciences and advanced propulsion system development. As a partner in NASA's next generation of space exploration, our jobs are literally history in the making.

This Drafting Engineer will support the NASA Hardware-in-the-Loop (HWIL) labs, Space Launch System (SLS) HWIL labs, and System Emulator equipment from Marshall Space Flight center in Huntsville Alabama. The HWIL labs include the SLS System Integration and Test Facility (SITF), SLS Systems Integration Laboratory (SIL), and multiple Software Development Facilities (SDFs) used to verify the integrated avionics and software systems for the SLS rocket. Collectively these labs are known as the Integrated Avionics Test Facilities (IATF). The System Emulators replicate key system level functions and functional interfaces for NASA manned space flight systems integration activities in various locations across the United States. All of these labs and emulators include numerous complex real-time Software Models integrated with Electrical/Avionics systems to achieve detailed simulation of the SLS rocket.

Work will be performed for the Avionics and Ground Systems Test Branch (ES53) of the SLS program at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This branch is responsible for maintenance, fabrication, integration, operation, assembly, and testing of project hardware and software in support of the noted SLS labs and system emulators.


This position's primary responsibilities include:

  • Generates 2D/3D models of parts and assemblies to ensure well-documented lab design.
  • Create, check and maintain design documentation for engineering labs. This includes preliminary conceptual design evolving to released design drawings. Interpret engineering models and drawings.
    • Design documentation drawings include (but not limited to) 1) Structures for mounting electrical/electronic equipment, 2) computer equipment assemblies, 3) Cable Interconnect drawings, 4) 19" rack layout drawings
  • Prepare engineering product definition in accordance with ASME Y14.100 and related standards.
  • Receive and implement redline changes to existing engineering drawings
  • Ensure part masters and bill of material attributes are accurate and up-to-date
  • Working with Configuration Management to release updated engineering drawings into the as-designed lab configuration system
  • Working with associated Systems Engineering (SE), Lab Operations, and Facility Architecture teams to ensure responsive support to design needs
  • Other responsibilities may be assigned as needed

These activities will be ongoing as the SLS programs complete program phases, reviews and schedule milestones, and as the SLS Launch Vehicle architectures evolve.



A degree in Engineering or related field is required. Degree from an ABET-accredited university is preferred. Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a minimum of a Masters with at least 3 years of experience, or BS with at least 5 years of experience.

Requirements and Required Skills:

  • Minimum of 5 years professional experience
  • Proficient in 2D/3D CAD design
  • Strong written and oral technical communication skills - must be able to clearly define and describe a technical subject to peers across various engineering disciplines.
  • Strong task organization skills - ability to self-manage multiple tasks competing for time and attention, and achieve need dates for all assigned tasks
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to perform all above identified Primary Responsibilities

Desired experience includes one or more of the following in order of significance:

  • Knowledge of, and experience performing all above identified Primary Responsibilities
  • Strong knowledge of engineering drawing standards and ability to use these standards in practice. Engineering drawing standards include:
  • ASME Y14.24 - Types and Applications of Engineering Drawings
  • ASME Y14.100 - Engineering Drawing Practices
  • Configuration management of large systems
  • Avionics Systems design, integration & test. Know how to read and interpret avionics architecture diagrams, cable interconnect diagrams, and associated system schematics.

The Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) offers a partnership in which you can grow personally and professionally within a framework of strong leadership, competitive compensation, and rewarding career paths. Come join our team on the Engineering Services and Science Capability Augmentation (ESSCA) contract whose work is destined to have a long-range effect on future generations!

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Essential Functions

Work Environment:

Office environment. Requires ability to provide clear, concise, accurate and timely communication, both verbally and in writing (100%). Requires ability to interact professionally with co-workers, management, and client (100%). Requires travel in the domestic USA (< 10%).

Physical Requirements:

Requires sitting for extended periods of time in meetings with peers, management, and with our client at NASA facilities to discuss technical issues. Also, requires sitting for extended periods of time at a desk to write reports and perform engineering tasks. Requires ability to use stairs or elevators for access between floors and multiple buildings at NASA and Jacobs facilities.

Equipment and Machines:

Requires ability to operate a personal computer, a telephone, fax machine, copier, calculator, and other general office equipment (100%).


Normal workday 7:30 - 4:30, Monday thru Friday. Minimal overtime may be required (10%) to meet schedule milestones and to support technical demands of the job. Regular attendance is a necessity, and adequate arrangements for delegating duties during absences are required. Flexible scheduling.

Other Essential Functions:

The ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and to make rational decisions, and to exercise good judgment is essential (100%). Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

Proof of U.S. Citizenship is required.


Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth, or breastfeeding), age, medical condition, marital or domestic partner status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression and transgender status, mental disability or physical disability, genetic information, military or veteran status, citizenship, low-income status or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws and supplemental language.
More Information on Jacobs
Jacobs operates in the Consulting industry. The company is located in Dallas, TX, Fort Worth, TX, Irvine, CA, Baton Rouge, LA, Orlando, FL, Atlanta, GA, Greenville, SC, Reston, VA and New York, NY. Jacobs was founded in 1947. It has 67337 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Disability insurance, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Health insurance and Life insurance. To see all jobs at Jacobs, click here.
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