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NASA Senior Quality Engineer

Job ID: 2301398
Location: HOUSTON, TX, United States
Date Posted: Mar 18, 2023
Category: Engineering and Sciences
Subcategory: Aerospace Engr
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 10 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: Public Trust
Potential for Remote Work: No Remote
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Job Description


SAIC offers exciting and challenging opportunities to support NASA’s present and future human spaceflight programs at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas under the Safety and Mission Assurance Engineering (SMAEC II) Contract.  This is an exciting time to be making history with the NASA SMA team assuring continuous human presence on the International Space Station and returning humans to the Moon and then to Mars safely. You will work in a collaborative environment comprised of NASA engineers, Mission Control personnel and astronauts. You will apply design and operations knowledge and expertise in various areas of SMA such as system safety, reliability, quality engineering and assurance, software, probabilistic risk assessment, and others.

For SAIC’s contractual support to the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) Directorate, Quality Engineers perform multi-area in-line Quality Engineering (QE) tasks for critical government furnished equipment (GFE) space flight hardware to establish and/or assign government mandatory inspection points (GMIPs). GFE hardware is built by NASA for NASA programs such as International Space Station (ISS), Orion, Extravehicular Activity (EVA), and various other NASA exploration initiatives. QE support tasks include but are not limited to the following:

  • Review work authorizing documents and engineering drawings for compliance to NASA/JSC requirements and GMIP assignments.
  • Perform critical review of design changes, oversee failure investigations, develop corrective actions, and prepare investigation reports.
  • Review hardware and test facility documentation to identify pre-test status, and provide QE support as required on behalf of the test facility.
  • Perform flight equipment acceptance reviews to determine limited life status, certification status, and open work/issues.
  • Evaluate new designs for flight and critical ground support equipment to assure compliance with NASA and voluntary consensus industry workmanship requirements and provide recommendations to improve manufacturability/inspectability, and increase reliability.
  • Evaluate GFE change requests as needed.
  • Perform real-time evaluations of flight equipment manufacturing issues and failures to determine root cause and provide recommended manufacturing process improvements and/or hardware repair or rework methods and procedures.
  • Develop and/or evaluate new or revised inspection requirements, special processes, and workmanship standards for design and manufacture of high reliability equipment and systems for space flight applications.
  • Provide technical and quality support and guidance to less experienced quality personnel.
  • Complete all necessary GFE QE training/certification curriculum, and once certified, serve as mentor to other GFE QE personnel during their on-the-job training.
  • (Optional) Pursue certification in the secondary discipline of GFE Safety, and complete all necessary training/certification curriculum. Once completed, the GFE QE would be considered “cross-trained” in GFE Safety and may be asked on occasions to perform tasks such as GFE project hazard and FMEA/CIL review, GFE project anomaly support,



Bachelors and nine (9) years or more experience; Masters and seven (7) years or more experience ; PhD or JD and four (4) years or more experience.

Working knowledge of NASA standards and program requirements documents governing the design, development, manufacture, assembly, processing, testing, inspection, and certification of space flight hardware.

  • Researches, designs, develops, and tests structures, propulsion units, and guidance and control subsystems for aircraft, spacecraft/vehicles, missiles, power plants, satellites, and related systems.

  • Analyzes aerospace product or equipment specifications and performance requirements to determine designs, which can be produced by existing manufacturing or processing facilities and methods.

  • Some elements of aerospace engineering are aerodynamics, propulsion, control or flight design and structures. Aerospace engineering addresses the integration of all components that constitute an aerospace vehicle (subsystems including power, communications, thermal control, life support, etc.) and its life cycle (design, temperature, pressure, radiation, velocity, lifetime), leading to extraordinary challenges and solutions specific to the domain of aerospace systems engineering.

  • Prior experience supporting NASA GFE projects from a hardware and/or operations perspective.

  • Prior experience with design, inspection, testing, and/or certification of spaceflight rated pyrotechnic devices and mechanisms with integrated pyrotechnic devices.

PC literacy with proficiency in the use of Microsoft office applications including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

· Strong presentation skills in technical forums as well as superior verbal and written communication skills.

· Ability to develop basis of estimates for potential new GFE projects.

· Adaptability and flexibility regarding changes in task assignments and deadlines.

· Ability to work both independently and as a member teams.

· Experience using electronic data/documentation systems.

· Ability to receive and execute specific assignments with minimal supervision.

· Ability to maintain positive working relationships with NASA customer, peers, and manager/supervisor.

- U.S. citizenship is required

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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