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Lead Test Conductor - NASA GSFC
Reference #:21-3134
Open Date:6/1/2021
Location:Greenbelt, MD
US Citizenship Required:Yes
Job Description:

Science Systems and Applications Inc. (SSAI) is seeking a Lead Test Conductor to provide engineering support for the Integration and Test (I&T) of a high-profile NASA project’s project as part of the Electrical Systems Engineering Services (ESES III) contract at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

The ESES III contract includes the provision of electrical/electronic engineering support services and related work to the Engineering and Technology Directorate.  The work includes the study, design, development, fabrication, integration, testing, verification and operations of spaceflight, airborne and ground system hardware and software, including development and validation of new technologies to enable future space and science missions.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Responsible for testing of various flight and non-flight hardware including: instruments; payloads; spacecraft components and subsystems, and integration onto the spacecraft.
  • Lead development and execution of comprehensive procedures that verify all physical and functional instrument/payload/spacecraft interface requirements.
  • Execute test scripts and procedures that verify compliance and performance of spacecraft systems.
  • Demonstrate experience with Telemetry and Control systems for spacecraft and instruments, specifically ITOS and/or ASIST.
  • Support I&T and environmental testing shifts which requires schedule flexibility (nights and weekends) and support of some 24x7 testing.
  • Work with engineers and technicians to develop hardware assembly procedures.
  • Familiar with DC electrical power supplies, basic electrical circuits, and shall review and run assembly and test procedures.
  • Supervise assembly and test procedures executed by other technicians.
  • Support I&T meetings to determine or resolve issues related to integration and testing.
  • The candidate must be able to work well with others in a team environment. The candidate must have good communications skills and keep the customer and management team informed on work status.
  • The candidate will be required to follow all applicable GSFC documents for compliance with quality and safety directives.
Required Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Science degree, or equivalent education and/or experience in electrical test and integration of aerospace. 15 years or greater of relevant work experience in aerospace industry with concentration in working with spaceflight hardware will be considered to meet equivalent education requirements.
  • 10 years or more of experience with integration and test (I&T) of space flight systems, database use in I&T ground systems, and test scripting.
  • Experience with telemetry, tracking and command (TT&C) systems such as ITOS, ASIST or Eclipse required.
  • Must have an understanding of space flight hardware and electronic systems, experience with space systems environmental testing, and with ground and test systems and software. 
  • Clean room familiarity and training
  • Excellent organizational, leadership, and verbal and written communication skills.
  • Must be a US citizen with ability to pass a Government background investigation.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Experience working on NASA GSFC in-house spacecraft or in-house payload/instrument assembly, integration and test programs is preferred.
  • Familiarity with NASA GSFC I&T work flows and experience with Work Order Authorization (WOAs) is desired.