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xEMU Safety Engineer - NASA SMAEC II

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Job ID: 204311
Location: HOUSTON, TX, United States
Date Posted: Mar 30, 2020
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 Teleworking: No

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Job Description


Advanced Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Safety engineering activities in support of the NASA Safety and Mission Assurance Engineering Contract II (SMAEC II) in Houston, TX.  xEMU Safety Engineers are responsible for performing hazard, FMEA, and associated risk assessments on the new spacesuit design currently under development at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC).  This position will entail the authoring of required safety paperwork (HRs, NCRs, FMEAs, CILs) for official NASA review and approval toward final acceptance and certification of the new spacesuit.  These functions are performed in direct support of the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) Directorate (NA), the NASA JSC EVA Office (XX), and the xEMU Project Team.  xEMU Safety engineers are expected to become intimately familiar with the design and operation of the xEMU, the safety requirements the xEMU project must follow in support of its demonstration mission aboard the ISS vehicle, and the supporting FMEA, CILs, Hazard Reports, Procedures, and Certification data for the xEMU system.  xEMU Safety engineers are responsible for representing the safety position or informing the S&MA Representative of the safety position at various S&MA, XX, and xEMU boards and panels.  Extensive oral and written communications are expected to occur with multiple layers of SAIC and NASA management, including briefings of xEMU safety products to ISS boards/panels and xEMU risks to NASA Headquarters Office of S&MA (OSMA).  xEMU Safety engineers are expected to function as an integral member of the xEMU engineering community.


xEMU Safety efforts in developing xEMU safety products will be in tandem with the standard lifecycle design process followed by NASA Engineering and will support deliverables as necessary at key milestone reviews, such as SRR, PDR, and CDR.  As the spacesuit design matures, xEMU Safety may have additional involvement in ground testing activities and in the review of corresponding test results as they apply to hazard/FMEA control verifications.  xEMU Safety will support routine xEMU project-related meetings as required to remain cognizant of changes to account for in the safety assessment as the spacesuit design evolves.  xEMU Safety will be expected to voice any safety concern and any opportunity to improve overall safety/reliability of the spacesuit design.  As the design matures and qual/cert testing begins, xEMU Safety will monitor anomalies and assess as necessary for potential impacts to the xEMU safety assessment.  Travel is expected to be minimal.


xEMU Safety engineers are required to complete a training/certification curriculum, and once certified, serve as mentor to other xEMU 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:  EMU Safety, EVA Quality Engineering, EVA Safety Operations, and GFE Safety.


Job Requirements

Required Education/Background:

·Bachelors 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:

·10+ years of experience working with EMU/space suit systems and/or providing safety/reliability support for complex space systems.

·Development of Safety or Reliability related products such as hazard reports, FMEAs, and Fault Trees.

·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.

·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 Qualifications


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.

·Experience in complex programs related to Manned Space Flight at NASA.

·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.


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