BILLABLE LABOR CATEGORY: Avionics Chief Engineer


LOCATION: Houston Tx


We need your talent, teamwork, and energy to help us achieve great things that inspire people all over the globe. We need you to bring creative ideas and diverse backgrounds to help us envision, shape, and deliver systems enabling space exploration while benefiting people here on Earth. We are excited about what we do, and we need you on our team as we take on exciting challenges for NASA's pursuits in deep space exploration. Jacobs is NASA's largest engineering solutions provider working with NASA at centers across the United States.

This position requires an experienced engineer with expertise in Avionics, Electrical Power, and Distribution (EPDC), and Electromagnetic Environments (EME) who can understand and interpret Program Avionics, EPDC, and EME safety requirements for payloads and systems installed and used on the ISS. This position reports to the NASA ISS Chief Engineer and will be a member of the Jacobs Flight Systems Safety team of Systems Safety professionals and engineers.

The ISS Avionics Chief Engineer will help evaluate International Space Station (ISS) payloads at various stages of development/integration and will identify areas where engineering Avionics, EPDC, and EME Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) should guide the payload developer to be more successful in phased safety reviews. The Avionics Chief Engineer will also help resolve technical issues involving Avionics, EPDC, and EME safety requirements. The successful candidate will be able to review and assess Safety Data Packages against the ISS-specific safety requirements. The Avionics Chief Engineer will also be able to make sound engineering judgments and will be able to communicate technical details when design non-conformances are identified clearly. The Avionics Chief Engineer must possess strong writing and verbal communication skills and be capable of explaining technical information and presenting technical issues to the Payload Developers, the Engineering Directorate Safety Panel Representatives, the ISS Chief Engineer, and management. The successful Avionics Chief Engineer candidate can provide this expertise in various forums, including Working Groups, Safety Review Panels, and Engineering Review Boards (ERBs).

The Avionics Chief Engineer will:

  • Possess a thorough knowledge of Avionics, EPDC, and EME principles.
  • Possess strong communication skills.
  • Have a good understanding of spaceflight systems safety requirements and processes
  • Assist Payload Developers (PDs) in the interpretation and implementation of Avionics, EPDC, and EME safety requirements
  • Perform technical review of spaceflight payload hardware and systems Safety Data Packages (SDPs) and Hazard Reports (HRs) for conformance to ISS-specific Avionics, EPDC, and EME safety requirements.
  • Provide written assessment of the SDPs and HRs, including identification of non-conformances.
  • Participate in Working groups to resolve technical issues.
  • Support the Chief Engineer’s Office in resolving Avionics, EPDC, and EM E technical issues.
  • Have a proactive attitude in working with a technical team to resolve technical issues
  • Have a good understanding of the JSC Safety community.
  • Perform other tasks assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Work Environment- Generally an office environment but can involve inside or outside work depending on the task.
  • Physical Requirements- Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods). It may require lifting and carrying up to 10 lbs. (5% of the time).
  • Equipment and Machines- Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).
  • Attendance- Regular attendance by the established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside the regular schedule and adjust the program to meet peak periods and surge requirements when required.
  • Other Essential Functions- Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. A professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation must be implemented. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.



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.

  • Requires a minimum of a bachelor's degree in Engineering and may be expected to have a related master's degree and usually possess 10-15 years of related experience.
  • Experience in designing and evaluating electrical systems, including avionics, power distribution and control, and radio frequency devices.
  • Strong ability to identify and assess hazardous conditions, controls, and verifications related to EPDC, avionics, and EME systems.
  • Working knowledge of systems safety processes.
  • Familiarity with NASA standards and payload safety requirements.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects, within matrix team environments, and to demanding schedules is required. Examples of capabilities may be requested during the interview process.


  • EPDC, avionics, and EME experience.
  • System Safety experience at Johnson Space Center is highly desired. - Degree in EE, Aerospace Engineering, or Aerospace Safety.
  • Familiarity with ISS requirements documents (e.g., SSP 51700, SSP 51721, and SSP 30599).


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