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Thermal Engineer II

Location: Pasadena
Posted on: May 21, 2023

Job Description:

Location: Pasadena, CA 91109

Duration: 12 months with a high possibility of extension

Telework: Yes, 2 days a week

Work schedule: Flexible - 1st shift


The Responsibilities of this position are to:

  • Provide sustained thermal engineering support for multiple flight projects as a lead in-training of a small team to produce and manage single layer insulation (SLI) and multi-layer insulation (MLI) deliverables.

    Responsibilities post-training include:

    • Will act as the primary interface with flight projects to design custom SLI and MLI blankets.
    • Coordinate blanket technicians access and logistics to flight hardware (payloads and spacecraft) with flight project leads
    • Plan logistics and technician support for a variety of assignments within multiple JPL facilities, nation-wide at non-JPL spacecraft/payload manufacturer's facilities, as well as internationally at the facilities of any of JPL's partners, including launch pad support.
    • Work with JPL and JPL partners thermal system engineers to guide the material selection, design and implementation of thermal SLI and MLI.
    • Craft and make effective presentations at major reviews and for routine team meetings to explain the MLI capabilities, design and status to managers and peers; close all ensuing review action items.
    • Develop complex MLI/SLI solutions from design requirements
    • Responsible for completing significant project or assignment milestones
    • Plan/coordinate/lead the patterning, fabrication, bake-outs, delivery, and installation of flight MLI/SLI
    • Support design trades that successfully balance performance margins, resource use, risk, cost, and schedule.
    • Remain cognizant of JPL heritage best practices and industry practices and strive to improve JPL processes.


      • A bachelor's degree in aerospace, Industrial, Mechanical, Chemical, Engineering or Applied Physics) with a minimum of 3 years of related experience or a master's degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 1 year of related experience or a PhD in similar disciplines.
      • A general understanding of radiative heat transfer and material science.
      • Experience with computer aided design.
      • Demonstrated experience and/or education with managing plans and coordinating logistics.
      • Leadership experience with teams.
      • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
      • Willingness to travel extensively to support MLI installations across the country and internationally.
      • US Citizenship required.

        Desired Qualifications:

        • Familiarity with flight thermal balance tests (instrument, spacecraft).
        • Familiarity with thermal environments across the solar system for flight system development.
        • A general comprehension of space thermal architecture, systems, design & hardware.
        • Familiarity with typical instrumentation and ground support equipment used in thermal tests.

          About our client:

          Our client is a research and development lab federally funded by NASA and managed by Caltech. Manages many of NASA's robotic missions exploring Earth, the solar system, and our universe.

          This client is requiring that all new hires show proof of vaccination. However, accommodations may be made for those with medical or religious reasons and are unable to obtain a vaccine.

          About Space Systems:

          Space Systems provides solutions and opportunities to employ a contingent workforce of technical professionals across diverse disciplines.

          Benefits: We offer paid time off, holidays, 401k, medical, dental, and vision

          EEO- including disability/vets

          Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity! If you feel your experience is the match for this position, please apply today and join our team. We look forward to working with you!

          *At a minimum, a 7-year background check, education verification, employment verification, and drug screen will be conducted upon hire. Your suitability for employment is contingent upon successfully passing these required pre-employment screenings.

Keywords: SPACE SYSTEMS LLC, Pasadena , Thermal Engineer II, Engineering , Pasadena, California

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