Jacobs Mobile Servicing Systems (MSS) Robotics System Engineer in Houston, Texas

Mobile Servicing Systems (MSS) Robotics System Engineer


Jacobs Technology is the advanced technology arm of Jacobs Engineering (NYSE:JEC), one of the largest engineering and technical service companies in the United States. Jacobs has partnered with NASA to support space flight programs for more than 40 years and held the predecessor Engineering and Science Contract (ESC) since 2005. We look forward to continuing that work as the prime contractor for the JSC Engineering, Technology, and Science (JETS) contract along with our eleven teammate companies to provide engineering, scientific and technical contract services at NASA's Johnson Space Center (Houston, TX). JETS provides products and technical services related to human operations in space through development and integration of a broad spectrum of engineering requirements. This includes human spacecraft flight and flight development products, human exploration mission planning for NASA, institution support services, and new technology development. At Jacobs, we believe that people are our greatest asset, and that is why we offer a partnership in which you can grow personally and professionally with the advantages of strong leadership, competitive compensation and rewarding career paths.

Our long-term client relationship with NASA, has led to a need for a Mobile Servicing Systems (MSS) Robotics System Engineer with GeoControls, a JETS teammate company.

The Mobile Servicing Systems (MSS) Robotics System Engineer will:

  • Perform the duties of a mid-level engineer with responsibilities of supporting the robotics system engineering team in effort to integrate space station hardware and software with the International Space System (ISS).

  • Participate as a member of the robotics system engineering team to provide “cradle to grave” engineering support services for requirements definition, system analysis, design, integration, test, verification, and on-orbit operations of hardware and software for ISS utilization customers and ISS system providers requiring robotic support for handling their payloads on-orbit.

  • Duties include:

  • Establish robotic requirements for the MSS end user.

  • Provide consulting assistance to the MSS end user to properly apply those requirements to their system design.

  • Provide analytical support of the end user’s system design for identifying potential non-standard services (e.g., robotic testing at Johnson Space Center facilities).

  • Provide consulting assistance to the MSS end user to understand verification processes so they can provide necessary and sufficient evidence for successful verification closures.

  • Provide technical analysis and approval of verification data submittals.

  • Provide technical support for programmatic forums, including participating in ISS boards and panels, regular project tag-ups and reviews.

  • Provide technical support to identify and resolve robotic related technical and safety issues for ground processing, flight environments, visiting vehicle operations, and on-orbit robotic transfer.

  • Provide technical support to the MSS SM to review programmatic documentation and identify impacts to robotics;

  • Provide technical support for resolution of robotic related issues during design, test, and on-orbit operations of payloads and visiting vehicles.

  • Facilitate technical robotics forums between NASA and ISS International Partners, document results, and coordinate action tracking and closure.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Required Education/Experience/Skills:

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.

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from an accredited engineering school with five (5) to thirteen (13) years of related engineering experience, or a Master’s degree from an accredited engineering school and four (4) to eleven (11) years of related engineering experience, or Ph.D. from an accredited engineering school and zero (0) to eight (8) years of related experience.

  • Experience or course work in robotics requirements, design, development and test.

  • Highly effective communication skills, including verbal and technical writing.


  • Experience or course work in:

  • Hardware/software integration and test

  • Software programming

  • Systems engineering

  • System verification

  • ISS MER support.

  • Proficiency with MS Office applications.

  • Ability to work in a dynamic, rapidly changing engineering environment with demanding customers on a compressed schedule.

Why Work for JETS?

  • Opportunities for growth and advancement

  • Comprehensive Medical Coverage (medical, dental, vision)

  • 401(k)

  • Benefits Tuition Reimbursement

  • Much, much more!

Don’t miss out on this great opportunity; for immediate consideration, apply now! ( http://www.wehavespaceforyou.com/ ).

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen and successfully complete a U.S. government background investigation.

  • Management has the prerogative to select at any level for which this position has been advertised.

Essential Functions

Work Environment

Generally an office environment, but can involve inside or outside work depending on task.

Physical Requirements

Work may involve sitting or standing for extended periods (90% of time). May require lifting and carrying up to 10 lbs (5% of time).

Equipment and Machines

Standard office equipment (PC, telephone, printer, etc.).


Regular attendance in accordance with established work schedule is critical. Ability to work outside normal schedule and adjust schedule to meet peak periods and surge requirements when required.

Other Essential Functions

Must be able to work in a team atmosphere. Must put forward a professional behavior that enhances productivity and promotes teamwork and cooperation. Grooming and dress must be appropriate for the position and must not impose a safety risk/hazard to the employee or others.

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law.

Jacobs is a background screening, drug free workplace.

Primary Location United States-Texas-Houston

Req ID: AS0002J5