Mechanical Engineer

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Mechanical Engineer

Roles and responsibilities
Must be a US Citizen
1 year contract position
W2 with full benefits
Must be able to pass background check and drug screen

Job Description:
This unique opportunity is part of the Mechanical Systems Engineering, Fabrication and Test Division which 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 the Materials and Processes Engineer, you will be working 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, contamination control, analytical chemistry, geochemical instruments, physics-based modeling, and multiphase flow.
Your responsibilities include: 
• Support the Materials Testing Laboratory 
• Provide materials laboratory oversight of metallography, thermal vacuum testing, and scanning electron microscopy. 
• Perform moderately complex job functions and activities within assigned area. 
• Partner with other engineers to draft and execute sample testing plans. 
• Work independently on day-to-day assignments under minor supervision; typically receiving general or detailed instructions on new assignments. 
• Use applicable policies, procedures and practices as guides to determine work methods and deliver results. 
• Provide work direction to other personnel or part-time students. 
• Some use of creativity and innovation. 
• Exercise judgment in applying applicable policies, procedures and practices to new situations to determine appropriate action. 
• Consult with others as needed. 
• Some interactions with customers from outside own organization. 
• Some contact with peers at other organizations outside JPL. 
• Participate on a team within own organization; may participate on a team outside own organization.

Required Skills:
• Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science and Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Physics, or related technical discipline with a minimum of 20 years of related experience; Master’s degree in similar disciplines with 15 years of related experience. 
• A strong background in failure analysis 
• Familiarity with vacuum systems 
• Knowledge of industry and/or academic practices and standards across a range of applications related to materials identification, testing and characterization

Desired Skills:
• Relevant experience in the aerospace industry. 
• Background in environmental and vacuum testing of materials, parts (structural or electronic), analysis and interchanged with design personnel. 
• Knowledge of JPL policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations across a range of applications. 
• Ability to work with minimal supervision. 
• Previous experience generating reports and/or presentations related to testing and experimentation. • Experience interfacing with vendors, subcontractors, or University partners developing complex hardware, with space hardware preferred. 
• Very good working knowledge of Word, Power Point, Excel and other standard computer office tools

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