Thermal Protection Systems Engineer - Space Systems
Company: Oceaneering International
Posted on: November 19, 2023
Oceaneering Space Systems (OSS) develops, integrates, and applies
new and innovative technologies to meet the challenges of working
in space and other harsh environments. We are ideally positioned to
meet the growing needs of NASA and the expanding commercial and
Department of Defense (DOD) markets.
Oceaneering Aerospace and Defense Technologies (AdTech) delivers
solutions that enable humans to work safely and effectively in
harsh environments - from underwater to the outer reaches of space.
Our innovative solutions support the development and application of
practical, cost-effective systems that meet our customers'
challenges - from routine to extreme. Our experience and expertise
across multiple industries uniquely positions us as a leader in the
government, space, and maritime services markets. Our products and
services meet the rigorous demands of the complex environments in
which they operate, delivering results without compromising safety
Oceaneering is a global provider of engineered services and
products, primarily to the offshore energy industry. We develop
products and services for use throughout the lifecycle of an
offshore oilfield, from drilling to decommissioning. We operate the
world's premier fleet of work class ROVs. Additionally, we are a
leader in offshore oilfield maintenance services, umbilicals,
subsea hardware, and tooling. We also use applied technology
expertise to serve the defense, entertainment, material handling,
aerospace, science, and renewable energy industries.
Working under limited supervision, the Mechanical Design Engineer
III or IV will design, develop, test, handle implementation, and
perform analysis of technical products and systems as well as
perform engineering design evaluations of Thermal Protection
Systems (TPS) related softgoods products and
mechanical/electromechanical hardware products and systems related
to TPS, as well as develop documentation for internal or external
customer review. The work is in direct support of NASA/Aerospace
customers and includes design/development/ production of
prototypes, test fixtures and test hardware/softgoods and flight
hardware used for thermal protection of vehicles launched to
low-earth orbit, cis-lunar orbit, and to the surface of the
Duties & Responsibilities
--- Detailed design of softgoods, mechanical and electromechanical
systems, subsystems, and components to be used for thermal
protection on cargo vehicles and human r ated flight vehicles. This
includes thermal blankets, TPS and interfacing hardware to protect
launch vehicle components and structures from the high heat
resulting from launch and return to earth.
--- Must apply engineering knowledge and principles and perform or
oversee stress, thermal, and fluid dynamics analysis to achieve
desired fit, form and function.
--- Must maintain a high level of technical excellence for all
tasks to ensure the highest quality of technical products including
test setups, test operations, development setups, development
operations, documentation generation, execution, and closeout.
--- Must perform or oversee part tolerance analysis utilizing
Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing and understand impact of
thermal contraction/expansion from the surrounding thermal
environment to ensure fit and function.
--- Must have good understanding of Aerospace grade metallic and
non-metallic material properties typically used for lightweight
high strength TPS design applications.
--- Must be able to generate or support the development of
interface drawings that define detailed features for mechanical and
thermal system interfaces for the hardware and TPS being
--- Must be able to design unique test fixtures and methods for
--- Must be able to generate or support the development of
requirement specifications, requirement verification and required
system documentation such as procedures and hazard analyses.
--- Must have the ability to present design concepts, design
features, and design details in presentation format (e.g.,
PowerPoint) at various design gate reviews such that the audience
can clearly understand how the performance requirements were
incorporated into the design, the design is producible and
affordable, and is or can be verified as meeting the requirement
--- Must be able to work in a team environment that crosses
multi-functional groups such as Design/Drafting, Analysis,
Production, Quality Assurance, Health and Safety, Project/Program
--- Must have a good understanding of Manufacturing/Production
process for hardware and softgoods products such that designs are
producible at a reasonable price.
--- Must have a good understanding of structural and thermal
analysis processes in the development of hardware and softgoods
such that the design(s) will withstand anticipated environments and
perform fit, form, and function after exposure to the
--- Must be able to perform technical and safety risk assessment
--- Perform other duties as required.
--- BS or MS in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering with a minimum
of 5 plus years direct experience in development of Thermal
Protection Systems for launch vehicles and systems.
--- Knowledge and experience in softgoods thermal protection
systems design and development including familiarity with softgoods
fabrication methods and techniques.
--- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
--- US Citizenship required.
--- Ability to perform CAD modeling and generate manufacturing
drawings using Solid Works or Pro-E Creo.
--- Experience with ASME Y14.5 drawing standards and/or NASA
Engineering Drawing System Manual JSC JPR 8500.
--- Familiarization with JSC Fabrication Tolerances and Practices
--- Experience with spacecraft thermal protection systems and
--- Experience with softgoods design and development and
--- Experience with test support equipment and fixtures
--- Familiarity with writing assembly procedures and technical
--- Familiarity with testing such as thermal testing, structural
testing, and life testing
--- Experience using LabVIEW
Equal Opportunity Employer
All qualified candidates will receive consideration for all
positions without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex
(including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity,national
origin, veteran status,disability, genetic information, or other
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