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NASA Systems Safety Engineer

Job ID: 2302929
Location: HOUSTON, TX, United States
Date Posted: Mar 21, 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


Description - External

Position Description:      NASA Exploration Systems Avionics Engineer

Job Description:

This position offers an exciting and challenging opportunity to support NASA’s present and future human spaceflight programs.  You will assist with the design, development, test and evaluation of spacecraft avionics systems and mission planning for NASA’s lunar exploration programs. You will be responsible for ensuring spacecraft avionics systems comply with all applicable Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) requirements. Avionics may include spacecraft communications and tracking, spacecraft command and data handling, or other electronics systems used by the spacecraft. Specific tasks include:


·       Assist with the development and effective implementation of Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) requirements, processes and procedures


·       Evaluation of spacecraft avionics design and operations for compliance to NASA S&MA requirements and system certification limits / constraints

·       Evaluation of changes to requirements, materials, processes and procedures for avionics systems for potential impacts to flight safety and mission success

·       Evaluation of prime contractor processes and products including hazard analysis, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA), design verification analysis, reliability and maintainability analysis, limited life item time/cycle tracking reports, hardware qualification and acceptance test reports related to avionics systems

·       Perform qualitative and quantitative risk assessments and trade studies related to avionics systems

·       Perform integrated hazard analyses of joint operations between exploration projects such as HLS, Gateway, Orion and Extravehicular Activity Systems (EVAS) to identify potential hazards, hazard causes and controls, and document residual flight safety risk related to avionics systems

·       Identify, characterize and provide recommendations regarding mitigation of safety and mission assurance risks related to avionics systems to senior management

·       Participation in failure analysis and problem resolution related to avionics systems

Qualifications - External


·      Two or more years related experience

·       Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communications skills

·       High degree of technical excellence, integrity, and self-initiative

·       Ability to evaluate technical merits of spacecraft designs and identify alternative solutions to complex technical problems to mitigate mission risk

·       Ability to work effectively across multiple organizations / stakeholders and within a teaming environment to get results

·       Proficient in use of Microsoft Office tools (Word, Power Point, Excel)

·       Candidates must be US citizens and able to pass a public trust security clearance


·       Experience with spacecraft avionics design, test and verification, maintenance, and operations


  • Experience with avionics systems related to spacecraft or aircraft flight operations and control, including communications systems


·       Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) experience is desirable with emphasis on development and utilization of system safety (hazard analysis) and reliability analyses (FMEA/CIL, PRA, RBDA, FTA) to inform and influence design, test and verification activities, and planned flight operations

·       Experience performing root cause analysis and development of fault trees to support anomaly / non-conformance investigations

 EDUCATION:    BS in Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or other STEM degree


TYPICAL EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Bachelors and two (2) years or more experience; Masters and 0 years related experience

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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