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Avionics Test Engineer (JC90387133)

The Engineering & Science
Services and Skills Augmentation (ESSSA) contract provides engineering,
scientific and engineering technician support to NASA Marshall Space Flight
Center (MSFC) in Huntsville, AL. Come join the team whose work is
destined to have a long-range effect on future generations!

To learn more about:

The ESSSA Group, visit at

This position is expected to continue for approximately 5 months.

The Employee shall provide services
and support for the Flight Systems Integration & Test Branch/ES61 which is
responsible for maintenance, fabrication, integration, operation, assembly, and
testing of project hardware and software.
The employee shall provide test support to the Flight Systems
Integration & Test Branch for programs and projects. This support will be
conducted within an existing operational Government owned and managed facility
housed at MSFC. All task support shall
comply with the Flight Systems Integration & Test Branch Organizational
Work Instructions (OWIs) and safety procedures. Personnel will be required to
be active participants in MSFC’s safety program and International Standards
Organization (ISO). Work processes are governed by Flight Systems Integration
& Test Branch OWIs. Certain positions will require personnel certification
in operations including Program Critical Hardware/Manual Move and Electrostatic
Discharge Control. Personnel will be required to stay up-to-date on all
required training, abide by branch Job Hazard Analyses (JHAs) and attend branch
safety meetings.

Perform the activities listed below for this task:

1. Review program/project documents and provide relevant comments from a test perspective.

2. Develop and perform test procedures, including pre-test setups such as instrumentation, data acquisition, software loading/configuration and post-test activities such as data archiving and data analysis.

3. Produce, archive and distribute test data as appropriate to support verification closure

4. Evaluate test data to correlate with test findings and investigate potential anomalies

5. Test/Checkout of avionics units including sending discretes to appropriate locations

6. Verify wiring continuity and resistance levels of battery circuits

7. Take Thermistor measurements

8. Participate in and conduct meetings in support of the above activities

Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a
Ph.D. with a minimum 4 years of experience; Masters with at least 6 years
experience, or a BS with at least 10 years experience. Degree in Engineering or related field from an ABET accredited institution. Provide 10 plus years recent experience with testing/test
methodology and performing verification and validation activities at a system
level of Flight Hardware.

The ideal candidate for this position will have the following skills:

1. Extensive knowledge of MSFC Quality System with respect to Integrationand Test of mechanical and electrical systems to include: cable routing, manualmoves, cable connection, cable installation, grounding and bonding check out.

2. Familiar with MSFC processes and possess a proven backgroundin solving complex problems and communication with Project Office Management,Chief Engineer’s office and Line Management.

3. Flight Hardware experience to include integration and testof mechanical and electrical components, subsystems, and systems.

4. Strong willingness to perform hands on activities andcommunicate with other engineering disciplines: Logistics, Design, Thermal,Electrical, Cable Integration and routing, Test and Integration Leads.

5. Demonstrate a proactive ability to move between self-derived tasks withlittle to no oversight from the customer.

6. Expertise in the development of written procedural andprocess documentation with respect to integration and test.

7. The individualshould be able to advise and assist with assembly, disassembly and installationprocedures.

8. Possess a basic understanding of electrical systemsprinciples with skills to include Digital Multi Meter (DMM) operations toperform grounding, bonding and continuity checks.

9. Experience working with ESDsensitive hardware.

10. Possess and demonstrate a proactive ability to move betweenself-derived tasks with little to no oversight from the customer.

11. Possessunderstanding of command and data handling functionality.

12. Capable ofassimilating test requirements in order to develop test methodology and testapproach to address requirement verification, including definition of needed testresources.

13. Possess anunderstanding of MIL-STD-1553B, RS422 bus protocols and formats. Capable ofde-commutating data per definitions such as an Instrumentation Program &Command List (IP&CL).

14. Capable ofdeveloping and using data reduction and manipulation tools.

Essential Functions

Work Environment

Office environment. Requires ability to provide clear, concise, accurate and timely communication, both verbally and in writing (100%). Requires ability to interact professionally with co-workers, management, and client (100%). Requires travel in the domestic USA (<15%).

Physical Requirements

Requires sitting for extended periods of time in meetings with peers, management, and with our client at NASA facilities to discuss technical issues (10%). Also, requires sitting for extended periods of time at a desk to write reports and perform engineering tasks (80%). Requires ability to use stairs or elevators for access between floors and multiple buildings at NASA and Jacobs facilities (10%).

Equipment and Machines

Requires ability to operate a personal computer, a telephone, fax machine, copier, calculator, and other general office equipment (100%).


Normal workday is from 7:30 a.m. through 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Minimal overtime may be required (10%) to meet schedule milestones and to support technical demands of the job. Regular attendance is a necessity and adequate arrangements for delegating duties during absences are required.

Other Essential Functions

The ability to work independently with minimal supervision, and to make rational decisions, and to exercise good judgment is essential (100%). Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

Proof of U.S. Citizenship is required.


Title: Avionics Test Engineer

Location: United States-Alabama-Huntsville

Requisition ID: AS000154

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