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NASA Human Spaceflight System Safety Engineer

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Job ID: 2306876
Location: HOUSTON, TX, United States
Date Posted: Aug 9, 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: No Remote
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Job Description


SAIC offers an exciting and challenging opportunity 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 Safety & Mission Assurance (S&MA) team assuring continuous human presence on the International Space Station and returning humans to the Moon and on to Mars, safely. You will work in a collaborative environment comprised of NASA engineers, mission operations specialists, and commercial spaceflight experts. You will apply design and operations knowledge/expertise in various areas of S&MA; such as, system safety, reliability, quality engineering/assurance, software safety, risk management, etc.

Specific tasks may include:

  • Evaluation of products including hazard analysis, design verification analysis, reliability and maintainability analysis, hardware qualification and acceptance test reports
  • Evaluation of changes to requirements, materials, processes and procedures for potential impacts to flight safety and mission success
  • Evaluation of spacecraft design and operations for compliance to NASA S&MA requirements and system certification limits / constraints
  • Assist with the development and effective implementation of S&MA requirements, processes and procedures
  • Perform qualitative and quantitative risk assessments and trade studies
  • Identify, characterize and provide recommendations regarding mitigation of safety and mission assurance risks to senior management
  • Participation in failure analysis and problem resolution


Required Experience/Skills: 

  • 10+ 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)

Desired Experience/Skills:

  • Experience with spacecraft design, test and verification, maintenance, and operations
  • S&MA experience with emphasis on system safety (hazard analysis) and reliability analyses to inform and influence design, test and verification activities, and planned flight operations
  • Experience performing root cause analysis and development of fault trees

Required Education: BS degree in Engineering or related Science/Technical field (Electrical, Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering preferred)

Must be a U.S. citizen. Must be able to obtain and retain Public Trust security clearance.

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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