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Geocent's Aerospace & Defense Engineering Sector offers exciting and challenging opportunities in the Space and Missile Defense Industry. Geocent employees across the country subscribe to the company's culture of focusing on results when serving our large, diverse group of clients nationwide. 


The key purpose of the position is to provide life cycle Systems, Supportability and Logistics Engineering expertise relative to a human space flight launch vehicle, ground support equipment, manufacturing, test, and support systems using Systems Engineering including ILS techniques and methodologies in support of the Space Launch System Program (SLSP) with insight/oversight of the Project Elements. Position provides in-depth technical engineering support and logistics systems engineering expertise in a systems engineering and integration (SE&I) environment.

Support the SLSP Program, SLSP ILS Team, and the Cross-Program Logistics Integration Team as required. Discipline areas include the typical tenants of ILS with emphasis on Logistics Support Analysis (LSA) and the operations phase related to the SLS flight vehicle launch processing and post-flight activities. Apply ILS techniques and methodologies through all life cycles to assist in ensuring system availability and to reduce life-cycle costs and risks. 

Work as part of a team supporting multi-disciplined senior engineers and project personnel. Tasks may include: 

• Author Supportability/Logistics requirements as part of the system design characteristics.
• Define support infrastructure requirements for space launch vehicle and support equipment system design.
• Develop and maintain Integrated Logistics Support Plans (ILSPs).
• Develop and assess Program and Project Element sparing concepts for availability and affordability. 
• Perform and assess LSA/Product Support Analysis (PSA), to include Maintenance Task Analysis (MTA), and related supportability analysis.
• Support definition, selection criteria, and assessment of Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) for removal and replacement.
• Maintain an LSA Record (LSAR) database(s) compatible with GEIA-STD-0007, Logistics Product Data.
• Support manufacturing, in-process test, launch site operations, and integrated test development activities.
• Perform insight/oversight coordination with Project Elements and launch site Logistics and Operations stakeholders for supply support, specifically related to identification of common and unique materials needed for SLS vehicle launch processing. 
• Provide inputs to systems supportability and operations assessment reports.
• Assess flight and ground hardware transfer flow mapping for streamlining and to determine impacts to schedule and cost.
• Review, understand, interpret, assess, and analyze flight and ground hardware drawings/schematics as required to identify tools, consumables, and other items needed for supportability.
• Assist with verification efforts for Supportability/Logistics requirements and related items.
• Provide support for vehicle launch processing integration, test, and checkout activities.
• Support team meetings with Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Ground Systems Development and Operations Program (GSDOP).
• Perform document & milestone review activities, to include major milestones, review of various SLSP Level II, Project Element, KSC GSDOP products, including but not limited to logistics plans, logistics analysis reports, documentation, and Interface Control Documents (ICDs).

Participation in special studies, trades, and review items through task teams is expected. This position will include coordination with the SLS Program Level II, Project Element, and prime contractor representatives, including others as required to fulfill this task. Other areas of responsibility include but are not limited to: maintaining knowledge of requirements and ICD’s, participation in risk identification and development, support to test and integration activities, and performing Change Package Engineer (CPE) duties. This position includes participation in working groups, design reviews, Technical Interchange Meetings (TIMs), technical performance meetings, teleconferences, other meetings, and document reviews as needed. This position requires travel to NASA and contractor facilities as required to support reviews, meetings, TIMs, and conferences. This position will work closely with NASA Government counterparts, Government prime contractor personnel, and multiple engineering disciplines.


Educational requirements are the equivalent of a Ph.D. with at least 8 to 10 years of experience, a Masters with at least 10 to 12 years of experience, or BS with at least 10 to 15 years of experience.  Degree in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics (STEM) field from an ABET accredited institution with is highly desired. Degree in Logistics Engineering desired. Knowledge of Systems Engineering highly desired. 

Excellent oral, written, interpersonal, customer relation skills, and presentation skills required. Experience with a PC/McIntosh and Microsoft Office Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook required.

Required Qualifications:

• Experience in technical integration of complex aerospace or space systems or operations engineering during the design, development, test and evaluation (DDT&E) and operations phase
• Systems Engineering experience or education. 
• Logistics Engineering experience or education.
• Experience reviewing, understanding, interpreting, assessing, and analyzing flight or ground hardware drawings or schematics.
• Experience using factors such as mean time between failures (MTBF), mean time to failure (MTTF), mean time to repair (MTTR), and failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA).
• Experience performing tradeoffs in component/system design, repair capability, training, spares inventory methods, storage considerations, Item Unique Identification (IUID) for part marking, and transportation methods.
• Experience performing LSA/PSA.
• Experience using an LSAR database similar to PowerLOG-J to increase efficiency of maintenance and reduce the cost of providing support by preplanning all aspects of ILS.
• Skills, capabilities and knowledge required to interface with Program and Project Element level representatives as well as engineers and other technical personnel designing, developing, and delivering launch vehicles.

Desired Qualifications/Experience
• Experience with ground operations and logistics for Space Shuttle, International Space Station (ISS), Expendable Launch Vehicle, Ground Support Equipment (GSE) requirements, implementation, and/or manufacturing, integration of payloads, space systems, and/or space programs highly desired. 
• Knowledge of NASA spacecraft, launch vehicles, space launch operations, and flow processes highly desired. 


Essential Functions

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 (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.

U.S. Citizen only for Federal Clearance Requirement


Geocent is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin 


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