Thermal Engineer

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Posting title
Thermal Engineer

Roles and responsibilities
Estimated duration of 12 months with the potential for extension or conversion.
W2 with full benefits
Customer and contract specific training will be required and provided.

Job Description:
•Provide sustained thermal engineering support on a flight project or technology development task by yourself or as a lead of a small team to meet thermal element deliverables, including competed mission proposals
•Identify a feasible thermal architecture and mature designs through conceptual, preliminary, and detailed design phases using practical passive and active thermal control techniques
•Support design trades that successfully balance performance margins, resource use, risk, cost, and schedule
•Craft and make effective presentations at major reviews or routine team meetings to tell credible thermal story to managers and peers, close all ensuing review action items
•Build trusting relationships between customer, team members, and line management
•Mentor junior team members as needed
•Partner with other engineers to complete interface agreements
•Extensive understanding and wide application of principles, theories, concepts and techniques in a relevant field of knowledge
•Evaluate and devises approaches to meet engineering requirements
•Develop complex mechanical components from design requirements
•Partner with other engineers and project personnel to evaluate tests and verify mechanical products or systems
•Conduct complex design analyses and oversees assembly and test of mechanical components

Required Skills:
•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 (thermal focus) or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 3 years of related experience; Master's degree in similar discipline with a minimum of 1 years of experience; or PhD degree in similar discipline with a minimum of 0 years of experience.
•Thermal systems experience in thermal design, analysis and hardware.
•Capability to develop conceptual thermal designs, perform trade studies, and deselect to a design baseline
•Skills to establish thermal requirements and interfaces with project partners inside and outside of JPL
•Capability to identify creative designs within available project resources to meet requirements without appreciable line management oversight
•Knowledge of industry thermal practices
•Demonstrated capability of task ownership and commitment to working extra hours to meet key milestones
•Excellent verbal, written, interpersonal, and organizational skills.

Desired Skills:
•Experience in planning, preparation, and execution of flight thermal balance tests (instrument, spacecraft)
•Knowledge of policies and procedures at JPL and NASA, including the NASA 5 x 5 risk matrix
•Proposal experience to secure new business in the flight project and/or technology developments worlds
•Working knowledge of thermal environments across the solar system for flight system development
•Thermal software experience (TSS/SINDA,Thermal Desktop and/or NX Space Systems Thermal) and mechanical CAD (Solidworks, AutoCAD and/or NX)
•Working knowledge of typical instrumentation and ground support equipment used in thermal tests

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