Mechanical Systems Engineer

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Posting title
Mechanical Systems 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:
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 V, 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:
•Lead engineers and participate on teams in the development of mission systems that are managed within the section.
•Be responsible for a qualification test program of a large deployable assembly. Test program includes vibration and thermal testing as well as verification of deployments.
•Provide extensive composite engineering knowledge to projects and interface with project personnel and contractors.
•Work independently and under the direction of the group supervisor, project management, and technical leads.
•Contribute to the team’s performance including executing technical work, budget and schedule.
•Plan, execute and deliver products including: concepts, proposals, integrated systems, mission operations, ground data system, science data system and data products for instruments and missions.
•Assure the quality, accuracy, and integrity of the project deliverables in compliance with JPL standards and project plans and policies.
•Act as point of contact to junior engineers, sponsors, subcontractors and to senior management within the section.
•Ensure continual involvement and participation with industry partners and other NASA centers.

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, Aerospace Engineering, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 12 years of related experience; Master's degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 10 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 8 years of related experience.
•Wide-ranging experience and advanced knowledge in one or more of the following areas: mechanical systems including structures, configuration, mechanisms, structural analysis, and integration and test.
•Ability to solve mechanical engineering problems, performs trade studies, and develops conceptual designs.
•Extensive understanding and wide application of advanced principles, theories, concepts and techniques in solving mechanical engineering problems, performing trade studies, developing engineering requirements, designing piece-parts and mechanical systems, and providing oversight to the fabrication, assembly, and qualification of spacecraft flight hardware resulting in mission success.
•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.

Desired Skills:
•Mechanical system engineer with experience in complex space systems.
•Extensive experience in integration and testing of assembly flight hardware.
•Ability to solve mechanical design problems, perform trade studies, develop design requirements, perform piece part design, and coordinate fabrication, assembly and qualification of hardware.
•Demonstrated experience working with various engineering disciplines as the focal point for information dissemination and interpretation.
•Complete knowledge of industry and/or academic practices and standards across a range of applications related to mechanical engineering and design of spacecraft flight hardware and systems.Subject expertise in one or more mechanical engineering disciplines (structures, deployment mechanisms, restrain and release hardware, launch vehicle integration, etc.). Project management experience in leading the scoping, costing, and scheduling of engineering products.
•Proven ability to work in a team environment along with previous demonstrated experience leading and mentoring junior engineers.
•Must be familiar with related analytical and engineering methods and be able to provide oversight and direction to the engineering and delivery process to meet critical design and delivery needs.

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