Systems Engineer (ADV000407) - ERC (Houston, TX)

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Job Title

Systems Engineer (ADV000407) - ERC

Career Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)

Job Type



Johnson Space Center - Houston, TX 77058 US (Primary)

Job Description

For more than 30 years, ERC has been delivering the advantage needed to solve our customers' and the nation's toughest challenges. ERC is a trusted partner to the Defense and Space communities. We provide the advanced engineering, innovative technology, and subject-matter expertise to deliver the mission results our customers need to keep the nation safe and secure. Our unique solutions enhance readiness, optimize performance, and help ensure success in the air, on the ground and in space.

An essential part of our success is our corporate culture built on respect, empowerment, and collaboration. Our culture elevates our people, ensuring they provide best-in-class service and solutions to our customers. We always strive to do the right thing. We believe that are our people are our best asset and human connection our greatest strength.

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Your role:

The process of docking spacecraft in space is a critical capability for many current and new missions being envisioned both by NASA and the commercial space industry. The Systems Engineer - Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Docking Systems will have a key impact on the certification and operation of docking systems for both the International Space Station (ISS) and the Commercial Crew Program (CCP)
What you'll do all day:
  • Provide insight to and oversight of the design, analysis, test, manufacturing, and operation of docking systems supporting
    Orion, Gateway, and ISS
  • Become familiar with the details of the NASA Docking System Block 1 and/or Block 2, and/or other provider docking
    system designs as needed
  • Review proprietary Commercial partner and international partner documentation on their vehicle design as pertains to
    installation and operation of the docking system
  • Analyze partner requirements to assess conflicts, gaps, and adequate flow down and decomposition of the NASA
    program requirements
  • Participate in for NASA in design/test/certification reviews and provide specific comments to docking-system related
    documentation (particularly NASA Docking System or ISS interface design, test & verification requirements, linkage to
    interface requirements, analysis or test results, and acceptable verification closure data)
  • Review and provide comments to Docking-related Safety Hazard reports, participate in the NASA safety panel reviews
  • Preparation and/or review of variances, exceptions and/or waivers to NASA requirements
  • Participate in a real-time flight support role requiring knowledge of docking system and vehicle operations, flight rules,
    and contingency procedures. This would also require training with a mission support team under various flight scenarios in
    the JSC Mission Control Center
  • Work in a team environment and report to the team lead to provide status on progress and issues and for support
  • Maintain a professional relationship with the NASA customer and other NASA support contractors.
  • Travel as needed to other NASA centers and commercial partner facilities, international and domestic, in support of
  • Perform other duties as required

You will enjoy this job if you:
  • Are a self-starter and require little oversight to complete given tasks.
  • Enjoy a fast-paced work environment.
  • Love working with diverse groups of individuals, including engineers and technicians.
  • Are good at communicating with people.
  • Have a positive attitude.
  • Enjoy multitasking.

Minimum requirements for this position:

This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements, and business
needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.
  • BS degree in engineering from an accredited engineering school and five (5) years of related engineering experience, or a MS degree from an accredited engineering school and four (4) years of related engineering experience, or Ph.D. from an accredited engineering school and zero (0) years of related experience
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, be able to work in a team, and develop cooperative relationships with NASA, international, and commercial partners
  • Structural or mechanical system design experience including familiarity with design and analysis tools and testing methods
  • Ability to track multiple tasks and prioritize work independently
  • Self-motivation and quick learner to adapt to the broad array of subjects and issues encountered

Desired skills and experience for this position:

  • BS degree in Systems, Mechanical, Aerospace, or Electrical Engineering from an accredited engineering school and a minimum of ten (10) years of direct engineering experience, or a MS degree from an accredited engineering school and eight (8) years of direct engineering experience
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience with hardware and/or operations in direct engineering experience on space vehicles
  • Experience with, or exposure to, docking systems and docking operations
  • A working knowledge and experience with ISS, and/or Commercial Crew design and verification documentation and requirements
  • Working knowledge of NASA, JSC, and ISS standards, practices and requirements including safety, fault tolerance, FMEAs and unique disciplines (i.e. mechanisms, Structures, Materials, etc.)
  • Experience with using CAD tools to open and manipulate CAD models or STP files in Creo
  • Systems Engineering experience/background or a desire to learn systems engineering

What we offer:
  • Competitive salaries.
  • Continuing education assistance.
  • Professional development allotment.
  • Multiple healthcare benefit packages.
  • 401k with employer matching.
  • Paid time off (PTO) along with federally recognized holiday schedule.

More Information on ERC, Inc.
ERC, Inc. operates in the Information Technology industry. The company is located in Edwards AFB, CA, Colorado Springs, CO, Houston, TX, Huntsville, AL, Huntsville, AL, Huntsville, AL, Eglin AFB, FL and Kennedy Space Center, FL. ERC, Inc. was founded in 1988. It has 1170 total employees. It offers perks and benefits such as Disability Insurance, Dental Benefits, Vision Benefits, Health Insurance Benefits, Life Insurance and Performance Bonus. To see all 20 open jobs at ERC, Inc., click here.
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