Aerospace Engineer, AST, Aerospace Propulsion Systems

Washington D.C.
Aug 02, 2017
Aug 18, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate (AETD), Mission Engineering and Systems Analysis Division, Propulsion Branch (Code 597) is seeking a senior Aerospace Engineer to lead the planning, programming, development, oversight, scheduling, and overall management of resources for multi-phase projects.

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  • Applicants must possess at least a Bachelor's Degree or equivalent
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
  • In addition to the Basic Education Requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-13), which has equipped you with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the position described above.

    Specialized experience is defined as applying principles and properties of space propulsion and fluid systems, including propulsion technologies, such as advanced chemical propellants, miniature low power/low cost components for spacecraft attitude control and momentum management; developing and designing of spacecraft propulsion systems associated with advanced Earth and Space Science missions; and experience serving as a technical lead on a large project or program.

    To receive consideration, your resume MUST contain your complete degree information (i.e., type of degree-received, year degree received, and major area of study). If you have received a degree in Computer
    Science, you MUST list all courses you have taken which meet the education requirements as stated in the qualification requirements section as well as the semester hours awarded. You MUST include the descriptive title, course code, and number of semester/quarter hours. (i.e., CMSC-435-Software Engineering, 3 Semester hours) If this information is not provided, your education may not be appropriately evaluated and you may lose consideration for this position. Please note that degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. If you are selected for this position, you will have to provide an official copy of your transcripts prior to entering on duty.

    Basic Education Requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major study in Aeronautical Engineering, Aeronautics, Aerospace Engineering, Architecture, Astronautical Engineering, Astronautics, Astronomy, Astrophysics, Biomedical Engineering, Ceramic Engineering, Ceramics, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science*, Earth and Planetary Science, Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Geology, Geophysics, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Materials Science, Mathematics (Pure or Applied), Applied Mechanics, Engineering Mechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Metallurgical Engineering, Metallurgy, Meteorology, Nuclear Engineering, Nuclear Engineering Physics, Oceanography, Optical Engineering, Physics, Applied Physics, Engineering Physics, Space Science, Structural Engineering, Welding Engineering or other appropriate physical science or engineering field. Degrees in engineering technology are not considered to be qualifying for this position. *Note: Curriculum must include 30 semester hours of course work in a combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 must be in any combination of statistics and mathematics which includes differential and integral calculus.

    This opportunity is open to current GSFC employees currently serving on one of the following appointment types: career, career-conditional, VRA, Schedule A appointment for individuals with disabilities, or NASA term appointment that provides eligibility to convert to a career or career conditional appointment. Current NSSC Purchasing Agents formerly assigned to GSFC and NASA employees on long-term rotational assignments to the NASA Engineering and Safety Center or the NASA Safety Center may also apply.

    Not Applicable


    As an Aerospace Engineer specializing in Aerospace Propulsion Systems, you will serve in the Propulsion Branch, Mission Engineering and Systems Analysis Division, Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate, Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC). The Propulsion Branch provides engineering expertise in spacecraft propulsion subsystem design, analysis, fabrication, assembly, integration, test, and launch and post launch operations, including spacecraft propellant loading along with engineering management, procurement technical support, performance evaluation, and anomaly assessment of flight projects for spacecraft propulsion subsystems and expendable launch vehicle propulsion systems. The primary purpose of the work involves developing, designing, testing, and evaluating spacecraft propulsion components and systems including advanced propulsion technologies; analyses and simulations to develop mission and performance requirements or design criteria; and evaluation of these systems and parts as they affect the total propulsion system. Duties may also include monitoring contractors engaged in this work.

    You will serve as a Center expert and technical authority on propulsion systems. You will conceive, plan, conduct, and manage work in unexplored areas related to spacecraft propulsion systems. You will manage and/or oversee the development of preliminary and conceptual design processes as well as the detailed design of propulsion systems for spacecraft. You will provide technical direction and coordinate teams of propulsion system engineers and technicians in activities including analysis, integration, testing, and evaluation of propulsion systems. You will develop new knowledge of fundamental significance that influences the procedures and ideas of others.
    You will serve as a senior aerospace propulsion system engineer, lead the planning, programming, development, oversight, scheduling, and overall management of resources for multi-phase projects. You will ensure that a progress schedule is maintained and takes remedial action to ensure the proper relationship between work efforts and total project development for assignments in areas such as fluid and flight mechanics. You will review resource estimates and uses such information to ensure proper distribution of project resources. You will keep abreast of changes and cost variations from design through construction/installation to ensure completion on time and within the designated budget.
    You will perform technology design and development for spacecraft propulsion systems. You will lead the design or direct the development of controversial or leading-edge aerospace technology, equipment, or systems to meet specific mission requirements. You will translate mission requirements into well-defined design and interface requirements for spacecraft propulsion components and systems technology. You will coordinate with multi-disciplinary teams to ensure that propulsion system design and interfaces meet mission needs. You will conduct trade-off studies among competing approaches to identify those that pose the greatest chance for success with minimum risk and cost. You will plan and coordinate assignments with other agencies and contractors to assure full integration of technical and operational requirements.

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