Mechanical Engineer

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Posting title
Mechanical Engineer

Roles and responsibilities
Must be a US Citizen or Green Card Holder
Estimated duration of 11 months with the potential for extension or conversion.
W2 with full benefits
Customer and contract specific training will be required and provided.
Labor Category: Mechanical Engineer II

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.
Position will be a level 2 Mechanical Engineer in the Payload Development Group 355B in the Payload and Small Spacecraft Mechanical Engineering Section 355. Report to the Group Supervisor and take direction from project managers, technical leads, and proposal managers as required. Will participate on engineering teams to do design and development, and work closely with fabrication, assembly, integration and test of space flight hardware and support equipment for a variety of JPL spacecraft missions to Earth orbit and the solar system, including planets, asteroid, and comets.
- Interface with engineers, designers, analysts, machine shop, technicians, and project staff. In compliance with programmatic constraints, investigates, plans, designs, and develops mechanical products for systems such as spacecraft, instruments, robots, electronics, controls, mechanisms, thermal, and propulsion.
- Maintains cognizance of, and is responsible for, all technical and programmatic aspects of the product being developed, reporting the status and performance to the appropriate organizations.
- Applies research to the planning, design, development, and testing
of mechanical and/or electromechanical systems, instruments, and payloads.
- Develops complex mechanical components from design requirements. Partners with other engineers and project personnel to evaluate tests and verify mechanical products or systems.
- Conducts complex design, analysis, and trade studies, and oversees assembly and test of mechanical components.
- Works independently on important assignments and projects with only limited supervision, typically receiving only general instructions.
- Exercises discretion and independent judgment to compare and evaluate various methods, approaches, and resources and decide which will best accomplish each aspect of such assignments and projects.
- Actions and decisions will have a significant positive impact on a functional organization due to improvements in methods, use of technology, and/or policies and creation of additional work product that increases value of the functional organization.
- Regular use of creativity and innovation to address important issues.
- Frequent interaction with customers and peers inside and outside organization on significant matters.
- Occasional interactions with industry organizations.
- Contributes as a key team member on teams inside or outside own organization, project, activity or function.

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 degree in Mechanical Engineering, or related technical discipline with typically a minimum of 3 years of related experience, or Masters degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 1 year related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines.
• Broad knowledge in the engineering design of mechanisms and/or structures.
• Ability to solve mechanical design problems, perform trade studies, develop design requirements, design piece parts and assemblies.
• Extensive knowledge of applicable industry and/or academic practices and standards in fabrication, assembly, integration and test of mechanical hardware.
• Capable of working effectively in a team environment. Strong communication (oral, written, presentation) and organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines.

Desired Skills:
• Extensive knowledge of Laboratory policies and procedures, NASA policies and procedures, and government regulations across a range of applications.
• Broad knowledge in the following areas: computer aided design (CAD), mechanical analysis tools (e.g. FEA), and mechatronic systems.
• Training and experience in the analysis and application of machine elements such as gears and bearings.
• Ability to understand, apply, and design controls for mechatronic systems.
• Demonstrated ability in the use of CAD tools (Unigraphics preferred, also Solidworks) and CAE tools (e.g. Maple, ANSYS, COSMOS, NASTRAN).
• Experience using hand and machine tools such as drills, mills, lathes, etc.

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