As the Mechanical Design Chief Engineer you will:

  • Report directly to the Design and Analysis Group Manager. The position is responsible for the direct technical oversight of approximately 100 people involved in various aspects of Mechanical System Development across and in support of several NASA Engineering Divisions.
  • Perform routine mechanical design reviews for cost, schedule, risk management, and deliverable adherence.
  • Conduct oversight, mentorship and guidance to individual mechanical design task leads.
  • Work with mechanical design task leads to track and maintain efficient task performance.
  • Maintain an active list of lessons learned to actively inform design engineers.
  • Lead team to conduct troubleshooting, fault tree development and provide technical resolution for anomalies in mechanical systems.
  • Maintain active related risk management (technical, cost, and schedule) on all associated mechanical tasks.
  • Communicate design status to senior management.
  • Work with colleagues to coordinate issue resolution across multiple JETS organizations which could include source limitations, technical challenges, process breakdowns, etc.
  • Establish a framework and oversight for technical correctness on all work performed by the design section.
  • Conduct design reviews to monitor technical correctness, design project health, and progress.
  • Understand and be capable of generating comprehensive design concepts based on a given set of requirements.
  • Work with engineers to provide hands-on approach in the hardware design, build and test/verification process.
  • Provide rough orders of magnitude (ROM's) and basis of estimates (BOE's) for project and tasks.
  • Provide quick technical and administrative response to projects, removing roadblocks to ensure project success and customer satisfaction.
  • Work as a Project Technical Design Lead as required to supplement or replace current design lead function.
  • Review, develop or update Mechanical Design and Development processes as required.
  • Develop succession plan mentoring future Chief Engineers and Technical Design Leads.
  • Develop technical training modules as required.
  • Perform other duties as required.


Required Education/Experience/Skills:

This position has been posted at multiple levels. Depending on the candidate's experience, requirements and business needs, we reserve the right to consider candidates at any level for which this position has been advertised.

  • BS degree in engineering from an accredited engineering school and a minimum of fourteen (14) years of direct engineering experience, or a MS degree from an accredited engineering school and twelve (12) years of direct engineering experience, or Ph.D. degrees and nine (9) years direct engineering experience.
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience with NASA/JSC Mechanical flight intravehicular and extravehicular hardware development processes.
  • Prior experience using solid modeling CAD software including PTC CREO, Pro Engineering or Solidworks.
  • Experience with ASME Y14.5 Dimensioning and Tolerancing Standards.
  • Experience with ASME Y14.100 Engineering Drawing Practices Standards.
  • Experience with tolerance stack up analysis.
  • Familiarity with mechanisms design.
  • Familiarity with electronics packaging and cabling.
  • Previous project management experience required.
  • Familiarity with NASA Work Instruction EA-023, JSC Policy Directive 7120 (Class 1E), along with flight hardware certification and other flight hardware processes.
  • Excellent oral and written communication and organizational skills with the ability to work in a team environment and a history of effectively interacting with senior managers at all levels.
  • Experience planning and establishing work priorities.
  • Proficient in MS Office programs, particularly MS Project, Excel, PowerPoint, Word and Outlook.

Requisition Preferences:

  • BS degree in Mechanical or Aerospace Engineering.
  • Familiarization with JSC Engineering Drawing System Manual (JPR 8500).
  • Familiarization with JSC Fabrication Tolerances and Practices (SKZ36103755).
  • Familiarity with mechanical design for EMI/EMC and electrical bonding methods.
  • Familiarity with mechanical design for fluid and pressure systems.
  • Familiarity with Finite Element Analysis (FEA) programs.
  • Prior experience with CREO simulation tools.
  • Understanding of surface finishes and material selection.
  • Exposure to Pro/CABLING.
  • Prior experience designing.
  • Prior experience with a wide range of technical approaches and theory for the associated design discipline.