Solid Rocket Motor Design Engineer
 Huntsville, AL

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Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) is comprised of 10 companies and is located at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, AL (ranked #11 in Best Places to Live by U.S. News). JSEG has been a primary contractor for NASA since 1989 and supports marquee NASA programs, including the Space Launch System, International Space Station, space optics fabrication, earth and space sciences and advanced propulsion system development. As a partner in NASAâs next generation of space exploration, our jobs are literally history in the making.

Position Description:


opportunity will support multiple projects and tasks in the Solid Propulsion

Systems Division.

A human mission to the moon and Mars is

the stated space exploration goal of the United States and the international

community. To achieve these goals, NASA is developing the Space Launch System

(SLS) and the Orion crew capsule as key elements in the architecture for

missions to the moon and Mars. The SLS Booster Obsolescence and Life Extension

(BOLE) program is working to address booster obsolescence issues in design and

manufacturing. The upgraded boosters will also provide increased performance

that will benefit future lunar campaigns, science missions, and the eventual

Mars campaign.

The Mars Ascent Vehicle (MAV) is a

2-stage solid motor concept to be launched from the surface of Mars with

samples to return to earth. Engineers at NASAâs Marshall Space Flight Center in

Huntsville, Alabama, have determined a two-stage, solid-fueled rocket is the

best choice for the Mars Ascent Vehicle.

This job will take one or more of these

motors through a design detail development cycle, performing trade studies and

improving estimates of eventual flight performance. You will work as part of a team with other

ESSCA contract and NASA government personnel.

Primary duties for the Solid Rocket Motor Design Engineer

will include:

  • Prototype
    designs with 3D CAD modeling, sketching, and approximate methods
  • Use
    industry/MSFC software tools to assess design modifications
  • Develop
    and communicate motor design space descriptions and sensitivities
  • Analyze
    and interpret data from testing and analyses
  • Perform
    sizing and trajectory calculations for solid rocket motor design
  • Execute
    additional support tasks requested by and customer


  • Education requirements are a degree from an ABET accredited institution in Aerospace Engineering or related field, either a Ph.D. with a minimum of 4 years of experience, a Masters with at least 8 years of experience, or a BS with at least 10 years of experience.
  • Experience in the design and analysis of rocket propulsion systems
    • Optimization of the delta-V split
    • Familiarity with SPP for data solid rocket motor design and analysis
    • Statistical data processing/analysis/inference
  • Proficient using Microsoft Office Products (especially Excel and PowerPoint)
  • Organizational skills
  • Able to work in a team environment.

The Jacobs Space Exploration Group (JSEG) offers a partnership in which you can grow personally and professionally within a framework of strong leadership, competitive compensation, and rewarding career paths. Come join our team on the Engineering Services and Science Capability Augmentation (ESSCA) contract whose work is destined to have a long-range effect on future generations!

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Essential Functions

Work Environment:

General office environment (100%). 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 (<5%).

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 (20%). Requires walking, standing, lifting, bending in a lab environment with hazards that require wearing safety glasses, hearing protection, foot protection and gloves to perform some operations (70%). 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.