This unique opportunity is part of JPL's Mechanical Systems Engineering, Fabrication and Test Division that engages in research, technology development, and the creation of advanced mechanical, thermal, propulsion, and electronic packaging systems with expertise that spans the full breath of mechanical disciplines and is applied from architectural concept development through operations. As a Mechanical Engineer IV, you will be working for the Payload and Small Spacecraft Mechanical Engineering Section (355), which is responsible for the structures, mechanisms, and mechanical systems engineering of payloads and small spacecraft across all phases of the mission lifecycle.
You will be responsible for:
•Searches and consolidates engineering data for mechanical components or products.
•Partners with other engineers to generate engineering requirements and specification documentation for mechanical systems.
•Partners with other engineers in the analysis, and oversees assembly and test of mechanical assemblies.
•Partners with other engineers in the operations of mechanical systems.
•Contributes to technology development.
•Attends project reviews as necessary to answer questions regarding own analysis
•Participates on concept development teams by introducing and infusing new approaches and tools acquired from recent academic experience.
•Explores concept development modeling tools.
•Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder
•Offer contingent on ability to successfully pass a background check and drug screen
•Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 6 years of related experience; Master's degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 4 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 2 years of related experience.
•Advanced knowledge in one or more of the following areas: mechanical design, computer aided design (CAD) and mechanical analysis tool (FEA).
•Experience with computer aided design and drafting, and spacecraft flight hardware development and test.
•Experience with mass properties - must be able to complete mass properties measurements on flight hardware and manage the mass property effort for flight system level of assembly.
•Working knowledge of mid-level CAD tools (i.e. Solidworks, Unigraphics).
•Knowledge of industry and/or academic practices and standards across a range of applications related to mechanical engineering and design.
•Proven ability to work in a team environment along with previous demonstrated experience leading and mentoring junior engineers.
•Good communication (oral, written, and presentation), interpersonal, negotiation, organizational skills, and ability to work in a team environment.
•Demonstrated leadership abilities
•Ability to solve mechanical design problems, perform trade studies, develop design requirements, perform piece part design, and coordinate fabrication, assembly and qualification of hardware.
•Expert knowledge of Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations across a range of applications.
•Demonstrated experience working with various engineering disciplines as the focal point for information dissemination and interpretation.