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Thermal Protection Systems Engineer

Thermal Protection Systems Engineer

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Geocent offers exciting and challenging opportunities in the Technology field! Geocent employees across the country subscribe to the company's culture of focusing on results when serving our large, diverse group of clients nationwide.


Support Marshall Space Flight Center's Non­Metallic Materials Branch for the SLS Core Stage element by providing oversight and insight in the development and startup of flight hardware production at Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF).

  • Primary duties will include daily on­site support to the manufacturing operations at MAF providing technical expertise consultation to the application of cryogenic thermal protection system materials to the development and flight hardware articles in production. 
  • The engineer will be required to transact regular communication with the operations manager(s) at MAF and the materials engineering support at MSFC.
  • Provide real­time full­time support to evaluate and resolve issues with TPS application processes at MAF.
  • Act as MSFC’s Materials & Processes Laboratory TPS liaison to MAF and maintain frequent and open communication with MSFC and MAF management, TPS engineers and SLS project engineers.




Work Environment


Office environment. 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 (<15%).


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 (80%). 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 (25%) 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.



Degree in Engineering or related field from an ABET-accredited university is required. Typically, educational requirements are the equivalent of a Ph.D., with a minimum 10 years of experience, Masters with at least 12 years of experience, or BS with at least 15 years of experience. 

  • Experience in space flight hardware production specific to cryogenic fuel tank manufacturing and verification is required. 
  • Experience with the design, development, manufacture and testing of non­-metallic materials is also required. 
  • The ideal candidate has direct experience with shuttle external tank production, design modification enhancements, and facility modification improvements at MAF. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required to effectively interface with customers, technicians and management.

U.S. Citizen only for Federal Clearance Requirement


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