SLS Avionics Integrator

Jacobs   •  

Huntsville, AL

Industry: Engineering Services


15+ years

Posted 354 days ago


Candidate would provide subject matter expert level systems management support as a Deputy Discipline Lead Engineer specifically to the Space Systems Department Level III Integrated Avionics and Software Discipline Lead Engineer within the Space Systems Department at MSFC. Candidate would serve as an expert in avionics systems engineering and systems management and would be responsible for the integration of launch vehicle avionics (integrated hardware and software) for the Space Launch System (SLS) launch vehicle core stage.  Duties may include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • Assisting or leading the planning for avionics hardware/software design solutions with special emphasis on hardware and software integration and test
  • Supporting trade studies
  • Performing systems analyses
  • Supporting strategic planning activities
  • Coordinating with the SLS core stage prime contractor
  • Assisting with the technical integration of both hardware and software and recommending design solutions when appropriate
  • Making technical risk mitigation/management inputs
  • Coordinating technical performance measures
  • Attending, providing input to, conducting, and/or presenting at technical reviews, working groups and board meetings
  • Reviewing comments from meetings
  • Developing integrated schedules, status reports, and other technical documentation
  • Providing periodic status inputs to project and ES management




A degree (MS preferred) in Aerospace or Electrical Engineering or related field from an ABET-accredited university is required.  Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a Ph.D., with a minimum 12 years of experience, Masters with at least 15 years of experience, or BS with at least 20 years of experience.  A minimum of 15-20 years of related experience working with avionics, project / vehicle / subsystem integration, and systems engineering, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant experience. 

Required Skills for this position include:

  • Extensive experience in the coordination and integration of all avionics elements and the ability to communicate to all levels of management
  • Expertise in avionics and integration of a launch vehicle
  • Strong project management and systems engineering skills
  • Practical experience with the planning and management of the technical integration, logistical planning, and test definition associated with software, avionics, and electrical systems
  • Knowledge of technical and test risk mitigation planning
  • Comprehensive understanding of Marshall Space Flight Center’s processes and working within the NASA environment
  • Ability to review and provide relevant feedback on Level II and III technical products
  • Excellent communication skills, technical writing, and presentation skills
  • Strong customer relations skills, ability to multi-task, ability to be proactive in between formal assignments, and ability to get a task completed with minimal direction
  • Familiarity with NASA Systems Engineering policies and procedures
  • Employee must self-motivated, team player familiar with working in a dynamic work environment
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products such as PowerPoint, Excel, and Word

Desired Skills for this position include:

  • Experience with Ares or SLS avionics or software
  • Thorough knowledge/experience supporting the full life cycle (phases A-E), including but not limited to requirements, testing, prototyping, etc.
  • Understanding/experience of contracting between NASA/MSFC and a prime contractor   


Essential Functions

Work Environment

Office environment. Requires ability to provide clear, concise, accurate and timely communication, both verbally and in writing (100%). Requires ability to interact professionally with co-workers, management, and client (100%). Requires travel in the domestic USA (<15%).


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 (10%). Also, requires sitting for extended periods of time at a desk to write reports and perform engineering tasks (80%). Requires ability to use stairs or elevators for access between floors and multiple buildings at NASA and Jacobs facilities (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. through 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


The ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and to make rational decisions, and to exercise good judgment is essential (100%). Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.