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VIPER Rover Systems Engineer

Company: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.
Location: Houston
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

Are you passionate about human space exploration, understanding the origins of the universe, and working with a passionate and diverse team to make a difference? If you are, we need you!

We need your talent, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire people all over the globe. We need you to bring creative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems that will enable the exploration of space while benefiting people here on Earth. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on exciting challenges for NASA's pursuits in deep space exploration. Jacobs is NASA's largest engineering solutions provider working together with NASA at centers across the United States.

We are looking for a VIPER Rover Systems Engineer to join our team. Do you have the following skills?

The VIPER Rover Systems Engineer will:

  • Maintain the VIPER Rover Systems Concept of Operations (ConOps).
  • Coordinate Fault Management activities across the VIPER Rover project.
  • Collaborate with subsystems to develop a Critical Items Lists (CIL) for Rover.
  • Develop and integrate Interface Control Documents (ICDs) for Rover and its subsystems, collaborating with subsystem teams to define Rover requirements and capture subsystem needs.
  • Coordinate and integrate Rover subsystems, ensuring schedule dependencies across subsystems are honored.
  • Provide "down and in" System Engineering oversight across all Rover subsystems.
  • Review and provide input to system and sub-system level requirements.
  • Develop verification and validation plan including verification matrix (success criteria for requirements) and track items to completion.
  • Perform requirements and interface management, including preparation of change requests, assessment of impacts and management of requirements traceability, updates to verification planning and verification criteria, and interface control documents.
  • Provide written and oral statuses in the form of presentations or reports to help represent the VIPER at program and engineering boards.
  • Prepare materials and track open actions for integrated analysis cycles.
  • Investigate technology development opportunities across the VIPER Rover project.
  • Work with team members to perform risk management, including identification, mitigation planning and tracking.
  • Adapt to new design constraints, functions, and configurations as needed.
  • Maintain a professional relationship with the NASA customer and other NASA support contractors.
  • Define test flow, identify, and account for dependencies, and collaborate with the Rover assembly and integration teams.
  • As needed, initiate collaboration with subsystem owners to reach and document concurrence.
  • Integrate requirements flow-down (for example: Level 2 to Level 3 to Level 4).
  • Manage the requirements from environmental specifications and applicable splinter documents.
  • Perform other duties as required.

Required Education/Experience/Skills:

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 a minimum of five (5) years of engineering experience within the engineering and systems engineering fields.
  • Experience with the development of space systems requirements documents and verification plans. For example, at Johnson Space Center these documents are called PTRS (Project Technical Requirements Specification), Verification and Validation documents (V&VD), and ICD (Interface Control Document).
  • Experience with the development of space systems requirements documents including functional requirements and verification success criteria.
  • Experience with the design, assembly, verification, testing, and operation of space systems.
  • Knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures in the space hardware field, such as mechanical and electrical system design, engineering drawings and sketches, material selection, and design software and tools.
  • Ability to prepare written documents and to verbally present at various meetings.
  • Must be able to organize and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines and schedules with limited supervision.
  • Experience working in a team environment.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office products including SharePoint and TEAMS.

Requisition Preferences:

  • Prefer aerospace or electrical engineering degree.
  • Experience with NASA JSC Flight Hardware Life Cycle, Certification, and Engineering processes.
  • INCOSE Systems Engineering Professional certification.
  • Working knowledge of NASA, JSC, and ISS standard practices and requirements including safety, fault tolerance, and unique disciplines.
  • Familiarity with NASA/JSC documentation databases and SharePoint sites.
  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art requirements management and model-based systems engineering tools.
  • Basic knowledge of commonly used concepts, practices, and procedures in the space hardware field, such as mechanical and electrical system design, engineering drawings and sketches, and material selection.
  • Experience with requirements and analyses.
  • Familiarity with SharePoint and Confluence.

Why Work on Our Team?

Click on the below links to view just a small sample of all that we do! Come join our team and be part of our future. We look forward to seeing you!

See What We Do

Jacobs Aerospace Solutions Overview

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In addition to exciting career opportunities, we also have:

  • Excellent personal and professional career growth
  • 9/80 work schedule (every other Friday off)
  • Onsite cafeteria (breakfast & lunch)
  • Much, much more!

For more information on our partnership with NASA at Johnson Space Center, please visit www.wehavespaceforyou.com

  • Proof of U.S. Citizenship or US Permanent Residency is a requirement for this position.
  • Must be able to complete a U.S. government background investigation.
  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which the position is advertised.

Essential Functions

Work Environment

Generally, an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on task.

Physical Requirements

Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of time). May require lifting and carrying up to 25 lbs. (5% of time).

Equipment and Machines

Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements.

Other Essential Functions

Professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

Keywords: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc., Houston , VIPER Rover Systems Engineer, Other , Houston, Texas

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