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NASA Extravehicular Mobility Unit Safety Engineer

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Job ID: 2217564
Location: HOUSTON, TX, United States
Date Posted: Jan 26, 2023
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Sys Safety Engr
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: No
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Public Trust
Potential for Remote Work: Hybrid Remote
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Job Description


Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Safety engineers are responsible for identifying EMU safety concerns, providing assurance of safety papers associated with manifested EMU hardware, providing assurance to the certification of EMU hardware, monitoring real-time EMU parameters during ISS EVAs, and supporting anomaly troubleshooting and resolution as necessary.  These functions are performed in direct support of the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) Directorate (NA) and the NASA JSC EVA and Human Surface Mobility Program (EHP). EMU Safety engineers are expected to become intimately familiar with the design and operation of the EMU, the safety requirements the EMU project must follow in support of the ISS Program, and the supporting FMEA, CILs, Hazard Reports, Procedures, and Certification data for the EMU system.  EMU Safety engineers are responsible for representing the safety position or informing the S&MA Representative of the safety position at various S&MA and EHP boards and panels.  Extensive oral and written communications are expected to occur with multiple layers of SAIC and NASA management, including briefings of EMU risks to NASA Headquarters Office of S&MA (OSMA).  EMU Safety engineers are expected to function as an integral member of the EMU engineering community. 

EMU Safety engineers are expected to provide the assurance roll in the sustaining of EMU Hazard Reports and FMEA/CILs and for all associated safety paperwork prepared for EMU hardware on any ISS visiting vehicle.  During on-orbit EMU operations, EMU Safety provides console support through the ISS MER CORE, and a console operations certification program must be completed for this role.  Additionally, for EMU chamber testing performed on the ground, EMU Safety engineers will be trained to supply the EMU Safety Officer position in support of such tests.  Travel is expected to be minimal and will most likely be limited to visits of EMU vendor facilities for audit support and/or as part of anomaly investigations. 


EMU Safety engineers are required to complete a training/certification curriculum, and once certified, serve as mentor to other EMU Safety or cross-training personnel during their on-the-job training.  Cross-training opportunities may be available dependent on funding and resource availability. Example secondary certifications are in the following areas:  EVA Quality Engineering, EVA Safety Operations, and GFE Safety. 

Required Education/Background: 

Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Mechanical or Aerospace preferred) or STEM degree (hard science such as math or physics preferred).  
Candidate must be a US Citizen 

Required skills: 

Nine (9) or more years of experience working with EMU/space suit systems and/or providing safety/reliability support for complex space systems, seven (7) or more years with a masters degree. 
Familiar with NASA, DOD, or other industry safety, reliability, and quality processes.  
Must possess excellent oral or written skills. 
Must possess good interpersonal skills.  
Self-starter, self-motivated. 
Working knowledge of Space Station hardware and hardware processes, specifically the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU). 
Experience supporting real-time EVA/EMU operations, ground testing, and/or crew training. 
Ability to master S&MA and Engineering processes for the certification of EMU equipment. 
Must be willing to travel (< 5%, domestic). 

Desired Education/Experience: 

Working knowledge of International Space Station (ISS) hardware, airlock/EMU systems, their interaction, and their operations.  
Experience in the development of spacesuit systems, other critical space hardware, or procedures and flight rules for spacesuit system operations.  
Development of Safety or Reliability related products such as hazard reports, FMEAs, and Fault Trees. 
Experience in complex programs related to Manned Space Flight at NASA. 
Proficient at independent study and data gathering.  
Experience as technical lead.  
Experience in environmental control and life support, thermal control or structural and mechanical systems engineering. 
Familiar with human factors and medical-related conditions as they apply to EMU design and operations. 
Experience with real-time CORE room or MER/MCC support of EVA/EMU operations. 

Covid Policy: SAIC does not require COVID-19 vaccinations or boosters. Customer site vaccination requirements must be followed when work is performed at a customer site.


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