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Spaceflight Hardware Quality Engineer

Job ID: 195462
Location: GREENBELT, MD, United States
Date Posted: Sep 19, 2019
Category: Quality Assurance
Subcategory: Qual Assurance
Schedule: Full-time
Shift: Day Job
Travel: Yes, 25 % of the Time
Minimum Clearance Required: None
Clearance Level Must Be Able to Obtain: None
Potential for Teleworking: No

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Job Description


SAIC is seeking a Spaceflight Hardware Quality Engineer on the OMES II contract at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in support of the Mission Control System segment of the Ground System for Restore-L. The position is located in Greenbelt, MD.

The Restore-L mission is a Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Satellite Servicing Project Division (SSPD) managed mission. Restore-L is a robotic servicing mission designed to refuel a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite. It contains 3 elements: the Flight Element comprised of the Restore-L Servicing Vehicle (RSV) and development testbeds, the Ground Element comprised of the systems required to conduct RSV operations and the supporting networks and facilities, and the Launch Element comprised of the Launch Vehicle and supporting facilities and services. SSPD is responsible for the design, engineering, development, test and operations of the Restore-L Mission through an integrated team at GSFC.

- Performs required Spaceflight Hardware Quality Engineering functions throughout the spaceflight hardware development lifecycle. Examples of responsibilities include:
- Perform in-process and final hardware inspections for compliance with applicable aerospace workmanship standards (NASA Workmanship, IPC J-standard, etc.)
- Witness engineering activities related to hardware development including integration and test, vibration, and thermal vacuum procedures ensuring all steps are properly completed and documented accurately and in a timely manner.
- Review and approve engineering documentation including drawings, specifications, procedures, work order travelers, and technical plans to ensure compliance with agency, center, and mission requirements. Specifically, ensures safety, quality, and mission assurance requirements are properly represented or included.
- Perform supplier surveillance activities at subcontractor facilities including, but not limited to: initial process capability assessments and quality management system evaluations and audits, in-process and final product inspections at mandatory inspection points (MIPs), critical activity and test witnessing, document review and approval, material review board participation, and supplier corrective action request (SCAR) issuance and resolution.
- Assist engineers by providing expertise and guidance in ensuring all statutory, regulatory, and technical requirements are complied with during development.
- Perform ad-hoc data and process reviews and analyses as required to assist in determining root causes and effective corrective actions for problems, failures, and anomalies.
- Participate in technical reviews, material review boards (MRBs), and failure review boards (FRBs) as required.


- Bachelor’s Degree (preferably in an engineering-related discipline) and 5 years of aerospace hardware quality-related experience.
- Must be able to pass a Government background investigation
- Must have hands-on hardware workmanship inspection experience.
- Experience operating in controlled workspaces due to electrostatic discharge (ESD) sensitive device or cleanroom protocols.
- Exceptional verbal and written communication skills and ability to interact with individuals at all levels of a variety of organizations.
- Ability to travel up to 25% of the time during some phases of development.
- Demonstrated ability to accurately assess situations and ensure issues are escalated to the level of technical and management personnel appropriate to the level of risk posed.

- Workmanship inspection certification to the NASA Workmanship Standards and/or IPC J-STD-001.
- ISO 9001 or AS9100 auditor training/certification.

Desired Qualifications



SAIC is a premier technology integrator, solving our nation's most complex modernization and systems engineering challenges across the defense, space, federal civilian, and intelligence markets. Our robust portfolio of offerings includes high-end solutions in systems engineering and integration; enterprise IT, including cloud services; cyber; software; advanced analytics and simulation; and training. We are a team of 23,000 strong driven by mission, united purpose, and inspired by opportunity. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, SAIC has annual revenues of approximately $6.5 billion. For more information, visit For information on the benefits SAIC offers, see Working at SAIC. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

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