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Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (MGSE) Engineer V

Company: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Location: Pasadena
Posted on: May 26, 2023

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New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That's our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers-literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission-your opportunity-is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you're driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you're ready for JPL.
Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.
This unique opportunity is part of the Mechanical Systems Engineering, Fabrication and Test Division which engages in research, technology development, and the creation of advanced mechanical, thermal, propulsion, and electronic packaging systems with expertise that spans the full breath of mechanical disciplines and is applied from architectural concept development through mission operations.
Section 352 creates innovative, technically excellent products in an inclusive team environment that offer creative and novel solutions for JPL's boldest missions.
As a MGSE Engineer V, you will be working for JPL's Spacecraft Mechanical Engineering Section which is responsible for the architecture of mechanical engineering designs and solutions that enable unprecedented missions and science acquisition. You will work with a team that leads the development of mission enabling technology and end-to-end mechanical systems for all JPL projects and missions.

  • Serve as a Technical Lead for Mechanical Integration Engineer for a JPL Flight Project.

  • Work in a collaborative environment to manage, design, analyze, build, and test Mechanical Ground Support Equipment (MGSE) and tooling for a Flight Project.

  • Develop and manage Storyboards depicting the Mechanical Integration and Test (I&T) flow to determine MGSE, technical personnel, facilities, and tools that are required for a Flight Project.

  • Manage and Interface with engineers, stress and loads analysts, designers, manufacturing specialists, machine shop, flight techs, and project staff.

  • Establish and manage technical requirements and specify interfaces for flight hardware for MGSE under development.

  • Coordinate the deployment and usage of MGSE to a Flight Project, including setting up critical reviews of MGSE prior to delivery.

  • Create and approve the plan for managing the system engineering task.

  • Present own work at technology reviews.

  • Develop first-of-a-kind, complex technology solutions and innovative concepts.

  • As a team leader, is accountable for team results on all components of critical projects and assignments, including performance standards, budget, and schedule.

  • Advise senior management on advanced and unique issues.

  • Represent JPL through frequent interface with representatives of organizations outside JPL.

  • Form and lead multidisciplinary, cross-organizational teams inside and outside JPL.

  • Develop and manage procedures for the testing, usage, and set-up of MGSE designed for Flight Project I&T

    Required Skills

    • Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Engineering or related technical discipline with a minimum of 12 years of related experience; Master's degree in similar disciplines with a minimum of 10 years of related experience; or PhD in similar disciplines with a minimum of 8 years related experience.

    • In-depth expertise regularly used in the application and development of advanced principles, theories, concepts, and techniques in solving mechanical engineering problems, with a strong ability to perform trade studies, develop conceptual configurations, engineer piece-parts and mechanical systems, and facilitate the fabrication, assembly, and qualification of MGSE hardware.

    • Significant experience using CAD modeling software (preferably Unigraphics/Siemens NX, SolidWorks, and Teamcenter) used in a Product Delivery Management (PDM) or similar Concurrent Engineering environment.

    • Expert knowledge in the development and delivery of mechanical parts, assemblies, or mechanical systems.

    • In-depth expertise in performing stress analysis of structures and mechanical elements, using classical hand methods and Finite Element Modeling.

    • Significant experience leading multiple junior engineers or techs on an engineering project.

    • Excellent communication (oral, written, presentation), interpersonal, negotiation and organizational skills.

      Desired Skills:

      • Lift Director experience with flight and non-flight hardware

      • Practical experience in Assembly, Test and Launch Operations (ATLO), or other direct experience in mechanical integration of spacecraft systems, especially in a clean room and/or high bay.

      • Direct role in the development and delivery of mechanical hardware, especially MGSE or flight system hardware

      • Significant experience leading five or more engineers and/or technicians for an integration project.

      • In depth expertise in writing assembly and test procedures.

      • Expert knowledge of ASME B30 Series, NASA, AWS (American Welding Society), OSHA, and other industry and government standards.

      • Significant experience in producing CAD models and engineering drawings, especially using Siemens NX

      • Extensive experience creating Finite Element Models (FEM) for internal loads calculations, modal frequency analysis, and buckling analysis.

        JPL has a catalog of benefits and perks that span from the traditional to the unique. This includes a variety of health, dental, vision, wellbeing, and retirement plans, paid time off, learning, rideshare, childcare, flexible schedule, parental leave and many more. Our focus is on work-life balance, and living healthy, fulfilling lives as we Dare Mighty Things Together. For benefits eligible positions, benefits are effective the first day of the month coincident with or immediately following the employee's start date.
        For further benefits information click Benefits and Perks (
        The hiring range displayed below is specifically for those who will work in or reside in the location listed. In extending an offer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory considers factors including, but not limited to, the candidate's job related skills, experience, knowledge, and relevant education/training. Hiring range for this job may be adjusted based on primary work location outside of Pasadena, California. This adjusted range will be provided to candidates by the Recruiter when applicable.
        The typical full time equivalent annual hiring range for this job in Pasadena, California.
        $171,808 - $205,296
        JPL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, protected military or veteran status or any other characteristic or condition protected by Federal, state or local law.
        In addition, JPL is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
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        The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries or those born in a designated country unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S or have other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available here. (

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