SAIC is seeking a Senior Electro-Mechanical Design Engineer on the OMES II contract in support of the OSAM-1 (On-orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing) program in NASA’s Exploration and In-Space Services Projects Division at Goddard Space Flight Center. This position is located in Greenbelt, MD.
The OSAM-1 mission is a Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) Exploration and In-Space Services Projects Division (NExIS) managed mission. OSAM-1 is a robotic servicing mission designed to refuel a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite. It contains 3 elements: the Flight Element comprised of the OSAM-1 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. NExIS is responsible for the design, engineering, development, test and operations of the OSAM-1 Mission through an integrated team at GSFC. The Servicing Payload design, development and RSV integration will be conducted at GSFC.
The engineer will provide electro-mechanical design engineering support for the OSAM-1 I&T (Integration and Test) team. The OSAM-1 I&T team is responsible for the design, fabrication, assembly, and test of the mechanical ground support equipment and mockups required to perform the ground testing of the OSAM-1 mission at NASA GSFC.
Job duties include:
- Design space‐flight rated mechanisms and electro‐mechanical systems and mechanical ground support equipment to support the ground test campaign of the OSAM-1 servicing mission. Includes taking the MGSE from concept through design, drafting, fabrication, and delivery.
- Ensure that the quality, accuracy, and integrity of your technical documentation, reports, and deliverables comply with NASA and OSAM-1 standards, project plans, and policies.
- Update preliminary and legacy design concepts based on testing and analysis.
- Support the design and fabrication of the mechanical ground support equipment (MGSE) to safely handle critical and flight hardware.
- Support the design and fabrication of full-scale mockups for use in ground testing with critical and flight hardware.
REQUIRED EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
- Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering with 18 years of related experience, or experience equivalency with no degree.
- Fifteen years strong experience designing, developing, and delivering mechanical hardware, assemblies, and mechanical systems.
- Eight years of robotic refueling mission design, technology development, fabrication, and assembly.
- Eight years’ experience as Lead Engineer and as Subject Matter Expert of components or subsystems.
- Eight years’ experience in development and execution of the integration and test plans for all sub‐assembly, component, and system level testing required to achieve space‐flight certification of complex electro/opto‐mechanical systems.
- At least eight years extensive knowledge of NASA guidelines for robust mechanical design and certification of space‐flight mechanisms including Design for Minimum Risk (DFMR) best practices and meeting the requirements of NASA‐STD‐5017.
- At least eight years being highly skilled in 3D CAD modeling and drafting using tools such as PTC CREO 3.0 and Windchill, including advanced knowledge of Design for Manufacturing.
- At least eight years demonstration expertise in mechanical engineering disciplines for the design, analysis and test of tools and mechanisms, including engineering mechanics (statics and dynamics), strength of materials, structural design, machine design, structural/mechanical testing, manufacturing engineering, mechanical systems, and machine shop practices.
- Practical knowledge of ASME Y14.5 for Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T).
- Understanding of advanced fabrication and manufacturing methods.
- Proficient at authoring and maintaining project documentation.
- Strong communication skills and ability to interface with engineers, analysts, designers, manufacturing specialists, machine shop, flight techs, and project staff.
- Knowledge of NASA OSAM-1 mechanical/mechanism design criteria and standard practices.
- Knowledge of mechanical design as it relates to NASA 1-G mechanism development, testing, and operations.
- Demonstrated experience with NASA space robotics, vision systems, end-effectors, and tools.
- Knowledge of materials, treatments, and coatings related to NASA space-flight design and operation of mechanisms.
- An advanced working knowledge of NASA space flight mechanisms with a focus on: actuators, motors, power transmission, bearing design, electro-mechanical mechanisms, and tribology.
- Experience with NASA mission life cycle and review cycle (design reviews, requirements reviews, integration reviews, trade studies, etc.).
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