Senior Materials and Processes Engineer

Jet Propulsion Laboratory - La Cañada Flintridge, CA4.2

Full-time | Part-time
Job Details
Job ID: 10211
Do you excel in an environment that values exploration and discovery? We have a universe of opportunities waiting for you!

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is NASA’s lead center for robotic exploration of the solar system. Our core competency is the end-to-end implementation of unprecedented robotic space missions to study Earth, the Solar System, and the Universe.

JPL, located in Pasadena, California, has a casual, campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.

We are proud to be part of NASA and Caltech, as we explore the universe and make history through new discoveries.

We aim to do things never done before and to go places few can go. We dare mighty things…do you?

Have you ever walked into work wondering what was going to happen today? Do you like odd challenges that will push the very limits of your knowledge, such as, how to deal with the corrosion effects of an astronaut’s bio-waste or how to build a successful spacecraft when no known material will work?

This once-in-a-galaxy opportunity is part of the Mechanical Systems Engineering, Fabrication and Test Division.

If your interest has been sparked, we need a Materials and Processes Engineer, who is passionate about the fundamental building blocks of a spacecraft and their material system. This scientific guru will work for JPL's Propulsion, Thermal and Materials Engineering Section which provides leadership and unique world-class expertise in a wide range of technologies and technical discipline areas of chemical and electrical propulsion, thermal, materials engineering and development.

Some Challenges You Will Tackle:
Support various flight and developmental projects for Earth-orbiting, deep space and planetary missions, as well as provides general support to the Group's Engineering Service Center.
Active participant in all phases of the flight hardware design, manufacturing, integration, test and assembly.
Interface with both group and section staff, as well as flight engineers and project scientists to achieve a seamless blending of engineering/science edge.
Act as team lead on a flight vehicle system or sub-system.
Provide work direction to other personnel and/or part-time students.
Partners with other engineers and project personnel to generate engineering and fabrication requirements for material and processes.
Technical interchange with suppliers, partners, and other NASA Centers.
Work independently with minimal oversight from line management.

You Must Have:
Bachelor’s degree in metallurgy, materials engineering, materials science, mechanical engineering or related technical discipline with a minimum of 9 years of related experience; Master's degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 7 year of related experience; or PhD with a minimum of 5 years of related experience in similar disciplines.
Extensive experience in the aerospace materials (such as titanium, honecomb, fiber reinforce composites, etc) selection.
Knowledge of industry practices and standards, with a particular focus on the fabrication, qualification and testing of composite materials.

Got These? Even Better:
Extensive knowledge of Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations across a range of applications.
Previous experience working on materials and process engineering issues associated with deep space missions.
Strong background in materials and process configuration management for spaceflight applications, including generation of Flight Project Materials Control Plans, review and approval (sign off) of engineering drawings as cognizant material engineer, review and/or generation of Materials Identification and Usage Lists (MIULs) and/or Materials Usage Agreements (MUAs), review and disposition of flight part Inspection Reports (IRs) and Problem Failure Reports (PFRs), and other materials related configuration management functions.
Deep experience in ceramics, composites or adhesives.
Previous experience with radiation-effects on materials, magnetic cleanliness, contamination control methodologies or cleaning approaches.
Very good working knowledge of Word, Power Point, Excel and other standard computer office tools.
Work Authorization U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident