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EEE Parts Engineer - NASA LaRC
Reference #:21-3286
Open Date:9/21/2021
Location:Hampton, VA
US Citizenship Required:Yes
Job Description:
Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) is seeking an Electrical/Electronics Engineer with design (analog & digital) and electrical component selection and reliability experience to support electrical and electronic design and assessment efforts for NASA Langley Research Center science instruments and/or airborne and space projects. The candidate will analyze and assess electrical/electronic designs, circuit board layouts and Electrical, Electronic, and Electro-mechanical (EEE) parts selection, review, and approval to meet program requirements. The responsibilities include:

  • EEE parts support activities require review and analysis skills to support the selection of new hi-reliability parts for any current electronic assembly modifications or new designs. This includes researching, evaluation, documentation and approval for in house as well as contracted instrument/spacecraft development projects. Perform limited failure analysis and testing on failed parts. Providing recommendations (oral & written) on their use for the intended environment, and providing analysis on parts application in designs to mitigate risk associated with the use of those EEE parts.
  • Provide parts/component recommendations based on component technical performance, schedule criticality and cost trade-offs. Analyze the Government-Industry Data Exchange Program (GIDEP) search alerts and make recommendations regarding environmental and quality component issues. Review component radiation performance for parts suitability in the various instrument electronics assembly applications.
  • Provide EEE Parts support knowledge through parts research, development of data and tacking of data, document parts usage in the form of parts and material lists, and the longevity of parts and their risk to any on-going or heritage electronics assemblies. Identification of critical items, their prioritization for review and timely risk assessment to minimize any negative project impacts.
  • Perform circuit and circuit board layout analysis and assessments. Analyzes design requirements and ensures that assigned systems are operating within design specifications. Reviews and assess contractor designs for compliance with requirements and assist in anomaly diagnosis and resolution.
  • Perform assessments of electronic subsystems both hardware and/or software for avionic subsystems, instruments and payload systems utilizing studies, simulation, experimentation, testing and evaluation of Computer-Aided Design (CAD) tools such as: Altium, OrCAD or Eagle to perform circuit design and/or Printed Circuit Boards (PCB) layout. Evaluates PCB and uses software such as Labview or PSPICE to debug, verify and validate PCB design on the bench and in evaluation labs.
  • Support the receiving inspection (R&I) and bonded stores for various on-going and projects in early life cycle phases. This requires interfacing with the procurement, mission assurance and various levels of project management.
  • Provide technical and analytical support to periodic and recurring meetings such as technical interchanges, parts control board, safety and mission assurance, and program reviews. Periodic travel will be required to other NASA centers and instrument and instrument subsystem contractor facilities primarily in the USA; however, some international travel may be required.
  • Strong analytical ability to find and gather facts with attention to details and ability to deduct electrical component failures based on limited data.
  • Strong interpersonal skills such as oral and written communications, technical writing and presentation skills are required.

Required Qualifications:
  • This position requires a Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering with a concentration in circuit design and analysis and 3 years of relevant electronic design, assessment and reliability experience. 
  • 3-5 years of electronics design and problem solving experience preferably with flight hardware.
  • Analog and Digital design, and product implementation (board layout, component reliability, quality, integration and testing) is required. (Power Electronics Design and Switching power supply design desired)
  • Experience with reading schematics, printed circuit board layouts, fabrication, trouble shooting, understanding the functionality of the PCB’s, and assembly drawings
  • Experience with MIL-STD and/or NASA requirements is required. Experience with IPC and other Design, Quality and Reliability Industry Standards is required. Understanding of the differences between military, space and commercial part specifications, manufacturing, testing and flight applications.
  • Experience with science instrument (or similar) integration with ground, aircraft and space flight electrical and power system design is also required.
  • Strong analytical skills with attention to details that entail requirements review and analysis to support new or heritage component selections or failure analysis of existing hardware for new part recommendations. Familiarity with selection and handling of mil spec standards of electronic parts, connectors, and cabling.
  • Must have strong initiative and problem solving skills, and excellent verbal and written communications skill to make oral and written presentations.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of an integrated project team with limited supervision.
  • Knowledge & use of Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat is required.

Desired Qualifications:
  • Bachelors degree in Electrical/Electronic Engineering or Physics and a minimum of 7 years of experience related to the manufacturing, testing or selection of Electrical, Electronic, and Electro-mechanical (EEE) parts.
  • Experience with EEE-INST-002, MIL-STD-975, MIL-STD-1547, Mil-STD-883 and NASA Handbook NHB 5300.4 preferred
  • Knowledge with MIL-Handbook 978 preferred
  • Analytical skills with Excel highly desired.