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New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.

Do you excel in an environment that values exploration and discovery? We have a universe of opportunities waiting for you!


This unique opportunity is part of JPL's Mechanical Systems Engineering, Fabrication and Test Division that engages in research, technology development, and the creation of advanced mechanical, thermal, propulsion, and electronic packaging systems with expertise that spans the full breath of mechanical subject areas and is applied from architectural concept development through operations.

As an Entry Level Systems Engineer, you will be working for the Payload and Small Spacecraft Mechanical Engineering Section (355), which is responsible for the structures, mechanisms, and mechanical systems engineering of payloads and small spacecraft across all phases of the mission lifecycle. In this role, you will:

  • Support mechanical and mechanical systems engineering activities for payloads, instruments, and small spacecraft during all mission phases including proposal, concept/system architecture development, detailed design, integration & test (I&T), and flight operations.
  • Perform design and analysis, generate and maintain engineering documentation, and participate in the build and delivery of mechanical engineering products for spaceflight missions.
  • Support trade studies, contribute to verification and validation (V&V) activities, and define, document, and manage technical requirements, interfaces, and other mechanical systems engineering products for spaceflight missions.
  • Ensure that delivered products meet all technical requirements, programmatic goals and commitments.
  • Provide technical leadership for small teams of support engineers, designers, and structural analysts
  • Interface across subsystem teams and subject areas to develop and implement technical solutions
  • Contribute to cost and schedule estimation and implementation planning of engineering components
  • Support and present at team, line management, and subsystem level technical reviews.
  • Work under the direction of the group supervisor, project management, and project technical leads.

Required Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Physics, or related technical subject area with a minimum of 1 year of related experience; or Master’s degree in similar subject areas.
  • A minimum of a 3.0 GPA
  • Experience related to the design, analysis, assembly, integration, test, or verification of mechanical engineering products.
  • Experience with task planning, managing schedules and deliverables, and meeting commitments.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent collaboration skills, and ability to work across subject areas and organizations.
  • General knowledge of the assembly, integration and/or test of aerospace flight hardware, for example as a mechanical engineer, test engineer, manufacturing engineer, or quality assurance engineer.
  • Practical experience managing, implementing, and verifying project and institutional requirements at the subsystem level or higher, in a design or I&T setting.
  • Practical experience using CAD modeling software (preferably Unigraphics/Siemens NX, SolidWorks, and Teamcenter) used in a Product Delivery Management (PDM) or similar Concurrent Engineering environment.
  • Practical experience performing analysis of mechanical elements, using classical hand methods or Finite Element Analysis.
  • Ability to develop innovative solutions and/or troubleshoot design and implementation problems
  • Knowledge of academic and industry practices and standards across a range of applications related to the development, analysis, production, testing, verification, and safety of aerospace flight hardware and systems.
  • Knowledge of Jet Propulsion Laboratory flight project practices, design principles, hardware quality, and engineering documentation standards.
  • Knowledge of NASA policies, procedures, and standards, and government regulations across a range of applications.

JPL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, protected military or veteran status or any other characteristic or condition protected by Federal, state or local law.

In addition, JPL is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

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The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries or those born in a designated country unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S or have other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available here.

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United States, JPL Campus, Pasadena, California
Posted a year ago
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