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Spacecraft Power Engineer



November 11, 2020
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

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 by challenging today, reinventing tomorrow.

Position Description:

The Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) is seeking a Spacecraft Power Engineer to support the Advanced Concepts Office (ACO) at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). 

ACO specializes in concept definition studies for space exploration elements.  The Office consists of multi-discipline design teams that provide fully-integrated assessments of spaceflight missions and vehicle elements.  


The Spacecraft Power Engineer is primarily responsible for the creation, development, and maturation of alternate and innovative concept studies for subsystems, spacecraft systems, payloads, and space launch transportation systems. 

Serves as an expert supporting a broad range of inter-disciplinary studies including research, design, analysis, and prototype development of spacecraft power systems specifically:

  • Technology assessment and planning
  • Advanced concept development from definition through preliminary design
  • Integrated systems analysis
  • Technical decision analysis
  • Analysis and innovative strategies to facilitate utilization of MSFC technical capabilities
  • Establishment of technical mission objectives
  • Mission planning
  • Development of concept and configuration alternatives
  • System modeling and simulations
  • Optimization and trade studies involving technical, cost, schedule, and their associated risks related to safety, affordability, and reliability
  • Providing support as a study lead may also be required

Makes recommendations and implements actions involving highly complex technical problems, including those that apply to complex integrated systems in areas such as launch vehicle design and spacecraft operations.

Defines unknown conditions, resolves critical design problems, or develops new design theories.

Publishes technical data and develops scientifically based standards for engineering applications. Serves as liaison between research, design, and operations.

Supports development of Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) tools within ACO.  Coordinates efforts with stakeholders both internal and external customers.


Candidates for this position must have a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering or related field with 30 years applicable experience is required.  Degree from an ABET accredited institution preferred.  The candidate shall be experienced with Microsoft Office products such as PowerPoint, Excel, and Word and be proficient in Java, C, Visual Basic, VBA, and/or FORTRAN.  Proficiency is also required with Windows and Linux operating systems.

The candidate must have experience applicable to preliminary design studies, which includes the establishment of technical mission objectives, mission planning, development of concept and configuration alternatives, system modeling and simulations, optimization and trade studies involving technical, cost, schedule, and their associated risks related to safety, affordability, and reliability. The candidate must have experience in power, avionics, risk, and modeling and simulation as needed to support the formulation and evaluation of MSFC programs and projects.

Experience conducting subsystem analysis, transportation architecture trade studies, and integrated mission and system analyses, and risk analysis is required. Knowledge of advanced space system technologies is also highly desired.

Additional position requirements are:

  • At least ten years of experience supporting MSFC Advanced Concepts Office.
  • Experience with developing proposals or providing supporting information.
  • Must demonstrate initiative and be proactive to make connections and build relationships with key customers, both internal and external.
  • Desired skills in managing stakeholder relations and conceptual design project planning.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to integrate with a diverse team.
  • Demonstrated capability to perform analyses independently and with a team is highly desired.
  • Demonstrated strong technical writing and presentation skills in order to present data to study customers.

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:
General office environment (100%)  Requires ability to interact effectively with co-workers, managers, and clients. Requires ability to provide clear, concise, and accurate communications, both verbally and in writing (100%). Travel may be necessary, but infrequent (<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 (20%). Also, requires sitting for extended periods of time at a desk to write reports and perform engineering tasks (60%).  Work will be performed on-site at NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center (100%). Use of stairs or elevators can gain access to buildings will be required (<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. to 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:
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and to make rational decisions, and to exercise good judgment (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.

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