Propulsion Systems Engineer (Huntsville, AL)

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Job Description

Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) is comprised of 10 companies and is located at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL (ranked #1 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 by challenging today, reinventing tomorrow.


The Senior Systems Engineer will support the SLS Liquid Engines Office (LEO) ensuring the adequacy of SE&I products to the SLS Vehicle and to KSC Ground Operations. Provide Project Engineering support to integrate solutions to issues, facilitate integrated discussions, manage risk, participate in task teams and document reviews, provide status on issues and deliverables, help maintain open communication with the SLS Level II Vehicle SE&I Operations Team, and help support the Requirement Change Notice (RCN) process.

  • Coordinate between NASA and prime contractor teams to achieve broader SE&I objectives.
  • Provide structured design reviews consistent with NASA and MSFC standards.
  • Provide insight to contractor systems analysis and systems integration activities.
  • Develop and maintain the technical requirements for the liquid engine system to include coordination with the Liquid Engine's Element office and with contractor requirements development personnel and products.
  • Coordinate with reviewers relative to the initial release and approval of documents as well the necessary revisions throughout the period of performance.
  • Support the development and execution of the Element's processes and procedures as related to Systems Engineering.
  • Support the development and execution of the Liquid Engines Office Certificate of Flight Readiness products.
  • Identify LEO risks
  • Determine cost and schedule impacts
  • Develop and implement risk mitigation plans
  • Coordinate monthly subsystem risk working group meetings with liquid engine prime contractor product team leads and LEO subsystem managers
  • Coordinate bi-monthly risk reviews with LEO and liquid engine prime contractor management
  • Conduct monthly risk board meetings with LEO management
  • Present LEO risk status to SLS management during monthly program risk reviews



Degree in Engineering or related field is required. Degree from an ABET accredited university preferred. Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a Ph.D., with minimum of 9 years of experience, a Masters with at least 13 years of experience, or BS with at least 15 years of experience.

The following skills/experience are required:

  • Knowledge of complex systems engineering life cycle end-to-end development ranging from requirements development, functional design, hardware integration, and requirements verification.
  • Experience developing and delivering executive level briefings, negotiation skills demonstrated through technical problem solving, and demonstrated ability to breakdown problems or issues into manageable pieces.
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, customer relation skills, and presentation skills.
  • Self-motivated, effective team players, familiar with working in a dynamic work environment.

The following skills/experience are highly desired:

  • Experience in design, development, test, and evaluation of liquid engine systems.
  • Experience with the current SLS program and a working understanding of the SLS vehicle and interfaces.
  • Vehicle and ground operations experience.
  • A working knowledge of risk management.

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 (< 15%).

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 (10%). Also, requires sitting for extended periods of time at a desk to write reports and perform engineering tasks (80%). Requires ability to use stairs or elevators for access between floors and multiple buildings at NASA and Jacobs facilities (10%).

Equipment and Machines:

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


Normal workday is from 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., 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.

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, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Learn more about your rights under Federal EEO laws and supplemental language.
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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 Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits and Life Insurance. To see all 174 open jobs at Jacobs, click here.
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