ENGINEER II - Thermal Vacuum Test

    • Greenbelt, MD

Performs developmental engineering tasks in support of senior level engineers. Under the direction of a senior level engineer, provides engineering support for environmental testing. Depending on area of assignment, tasks may include but are not limited to: designs fixtures and systems for thermal vacuum testing of spacecraft and support hardware; generates and tracks test estimates, leads and supports facility improvements for either thermal vacuum or cryogenic upgrades.

Working with flight projects, NASA test engineers and Facility Engineering to plan develop and execute Thermal Vacuum tests using the environmental test facilities in the Building 7/10/15/29 complex. Will lead a team of technicians and/or junior engineers in accomplishing assigned tasks. May create complex analysis of collected data, provide test documentation in a test folio and complete test reports.

  • Develops statement of work, reviews cost and schedule estimates, and provides them to projects. Reviews Work Directive expenditures to ensure estimates are not exceeded without reasonable justification. Completes all test preparations and facility readiness tasks to meet project technical and schedule (as negotiated) requirements and Branch Quality System requirements. Designs or manages the design of test fixtures for projects using government resources. Ensures all designs meet project and government requirements.
  • Resolves technical and programmatic issues with minimal outside intervention. Conducts all tests within test specifications such that no over or under testing is performed. Ensures all test data is acquired and all data analysis is performed in accordance with test procedures. Provides recommendations to management regarding process and facility improvements and upgrades.
  • Ensures that work practices comply with applicable safety and occupational health standards, rules, regulations, policies, and procedures. Is aware of and complies with applicable safety requirements for work, including but not limited to, the Mechanical Systems Safety Manual as posted to a document management system. Asks safety requirements if not understood. Assures hardware and personnel safety concerns are promptly and effectively addressed.
Work Environment
  • Work indoors and out in high and low temperatures and in all types of weather conditions.
  • Work in dusty, noisy, hot, high humidity, dirty, and greasy environment.
  • Work in areas where there may be materials that are irritating to eyes, nose, throat, and skin while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Work with other personnel in a group that is Team Oriented.
  • Work in clean rooms.


Basic Qualifications:
  • Minimum of 4 years related or 2 year direct experience required to the area of assignment with demonstrated communication skills. Must be computer-literate. Familiarity with hand tools & electrical & mechanical principles is required.
  • B.S Degree in electrical/mechanical engineering or related degree.
  • Must adhere to verbal and written guidelines and procedures.
  • Must be capable of working from ladders, scaffolding, catwalks, cranes, suspended platforms or cages, etc.
  • Must be capable of working in small and large confined spaces.
  • Must be able to use the proper PPE as required by work activities.
  • Must have the ability to distinguish color for 8 color display while monitoring testing data.
  • Must be able to accommodate shift changing, weekend and holiday support on short notice and extended hours as required.
  • Must be capable of passing required physical examinations and successfully completing the following training: Electro-static discharge, hazard communication, confined space, Electrical Safety, Cryogenic safety, clean room, personal protective equipment, IT security and other required training or certifications as directed by management.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of the operations and maintenance of all test facilities and utility infrastructure located in the Building 7/10/15/29 testing complex.
  • Experienced with lab test equipment thermal vacuum chambers, temperature controlled equipment.
  • Experience and practical ability to troubleshoot and diagnosis equipment failures.
  • Experience with computerized controls and specialized electronics..
  • Experience with Crane, Man-Lifts, Boom and Forklifts.
  • General desktop experience for Windows based office suite.
  • Experience with Vee, TVDS, SCADA and LabView platforms.
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