Avionics Test Rig Manager

Jacobs - Houston, TX4.0

The United States is developing the first vehicle to take humans into deep space – the Orion spacecraft. On the Jacobs JETS contract, we provide services to NASA’s Johnson Space Center that includes maintenance and operation of simulation labs for the Orion spacecraft.

Do you want to play a part in helping humans explore the Moon and Mars? Do you have experience running simulation labs with an emphasis on customer service? Are you an expert in Linux system administration? If so, join our team and provide solutions to technical challenges that will take humans on exciting new journeys as we explore the solar system! We’re looking for an Avionics Test Rig Manager.

** We are actively searching for qualified candidates for this potential opening; however we do not have assurance at this time if and when the position will be finalized and opened. Because we have strong reason to believe the position will be approved soon, we are proceeding with identifying qualified candidates and conducting interviews.**

The selected candidate for this role will:
Perform all aspects of the spacecraft simulation lab operations and maintenance, including:
Perform technical management of a small, agile, integrated team composed of JETS personnel, NASA Civil servants, and other NASA contractors.
Manage a NASA owned test rig operating in a contractor facility near Johnson Space Center (JSC) used by multiple Orion teams on a multi-shift basis 5-6 days a week.
Manage rig operation, assess user needs/priorities, monitor asset availability, and de-conflict overlapping requests.
Report rig status and results on a daily basis to Orion Test Integration management and present schedules for upcoming 24 hour test period. Be able to react to unforeseen user needs and re-plan on the fly.
Conduct hardware and software troubleshooting when anomalies occur, using multiple analysis tools such as Wireshark, Flyzer, and Linux diagnostic tools.
Assess user tool needs, maintain tool licenses, and procure renewals and additions as required.
Participate in all Orion Test and Verification program level meetings.
Provide input to NASA Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process.
Act as the primary Point of Contact (POC) to all external entities.
Coordinate all rig needs (power, networking, floor space, IT) with contractor facility management .
Perform other duties as assigned.


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 which this position has been advertised.
BS degree from an accredited engineering school and a minimum of fourteen (14) years of direct engineering experience, or a MS degree from an accredited engineering school and a minimum of twelve (12) years of direct engineering experience, or Ph.D. degree and a minimum of nine (9) years of direct engineering experience.
Able to work successfully in a highly dynamic engineering environment with a large team of engineers working to rapidly integrate and test Orion avionics systems on a compressed schedule.
Experience leading avionics hardware/software integration tasks.
Experience managing avionics test facility operations.

Familiarity with the avionics test facility systems, tools, and operational procedures.
Familiarity with Orion spacecraft avionics systems.
Familiarity with Orion Electronic Ground Support Equipment (EGSE).
Trained in Electro-Static Discharge (ESD) control.
Software Project Management and Cost Estimation experience.
Why Work for JETS?
Opportunities for growth and advancement
Comprehensive Medical Coverage (medical, dental, vision)
Benefits Tuition Reimbursement
Much, much more!
Don’t miss out on this great opportunity; for immediate consideration, apply now! ( http://www.wehavespaceforyou.com ).
Must be a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.
Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which this position has been 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 10 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 when required.

Other Essential Functions

Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a 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.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.