Integrated Testing and Facilities (IT&F) Project Engineer, EHP SE&I

The Aerospace Corporation
Center, TX
Added: April 16, 2024
The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation’s space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space— delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration – to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

Building on The Aerospace Corporation's reputation as a trusted, impartial advisor with integrity and dedication to mission success, the Civil Systems Group (CSG) combines deep technical expertise with market-leading innovation to help our customers solve complex systems engineering and integration challenges. CSG is organized by core customer-facing lines of business to manage and grow programs within NASA, NOAA, and the NNSA, while extending our capabilities to other civilian federal government agencies fully integrated within Aerospace rules, regulations, processes, values and behaviors.

This position will provide leadership, integration, and project management support of Extravehicular Activity & Human Surface Mobility (EHP) testing, facilities required for testing, including human-in-the-loop (HITL) assessments. The position at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) involves leading integration of multiple projects and NASA organizational stakeholders requiring validation and verification testing for EHP, driving collective decision making, while ensuring EHP goals are reached and development testing is leveraged effectively to facilitate stakeholder objectives.

This is a full-time position located at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. This role is hybrid requiring 3-4 days on site, 1-2 days telework

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Support development of EHP testing and facility architectures for long term planning. The Lunar Terrain Vehicle (i.e., unpressurized rover), EVA suits, Pressurized Rover, Technology Development, are projects for EHP that this position will work closely with to meet Artemis goals. Testing may include pressurized and unpressurized suited testing integration, simulations including software verification, analogs, and surface mobility hardware.
  • Provide project management support to run a NASA facility or laboratory project from requirements definition, design reviews, construction, verification, and facility certification (Operational Readiness Inspection/Test Readiness Review) all while providing appropriate project oversight and reporting (cost, schedule, and risk).
  • Oversee existing facility projects that are currently in the Programs portfolio.
  • Coordinate the flow of facility project and testing data across multiple projects, programs, and hardware providers.
  • Lead and support in the design and execution of large- and small-scale multidisciplinary testing in human spaceflight analog environments.
  • Lead and support the assessment of engineering design concepts and testing and facility architectures.
  • Perform systems engineering, integration, leadership for test activities EHP conducts and/or funds.
  • Work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment, to react quickly to changing requirements and schedules, and to provide products of consistently high quality.
  • Communicate effectively and be able to summarize and present findings to EHP Management.
  • Effectively work with multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Although onsite support is expected, the ability to work effectively remotely, along with travel when necessary.
  • This would include providing regular status meetings to upper level management. This task would also include overseeing other existing facility projects to provide input to EHP management to forecast any issues in cost and schedule. This is a highly fluid working environment where coordinating across multiple projects, programs, and hardware providers is needed.

Minimum Requirements

What You Need to be Successful

  • Bachelor of Science degree in engineering, science, or another related technical discipline.
  • The ability to assess concepts and design recommendations to conduct successful testing, while prioritizing resources appropriately
  • Experience and ability to lead in large- and small-scale human-in-the-loop testing to achieve specific goals and objectives, producing actionable and data-driven decisions
  • At least 6 years of experience in designing and executing multidisciplinary testing related to human spaceflight
  • Experience and a recognized leader in using proven methods of collecting objective and subjective performance, engineering, and operations data related to testing, and utilizing consensus-based methods to make system level data driven recommendation
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills are required, such as written reports, presentation experience, and architectural development
  • Exhibit high level of innovation, creativeness, and initiative
  • Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships across program projects and external stakeholders
  • Willing to travel domestically approx. 10%

How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:

  • Advanced degree in engineering, science, or another related technical discipline.
  • More than 6 years of experience in designing and executing multidisciplinary testing related to human spaceflight
  • The ability to quickly learn new technology needed for testing, including software, command and data handling, to allow success end to end validation and verification testing.
  • Expert user of Microsoft Office Suite (Access, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Project)
  • Knowledge of NASA or DOD facility and infrastructure projects and managing them from design to operations.
  • Knowledge of NASA and commercial human spaceflight programs and processes
  • Testing and/or operations experience in NASA’s facilities

Leadership Competencies

Our leadership philosophy is simple: every employee, regardless of level and role, can demonstrate leadership. At Aerospace, our commitment is our people. To cultivate our talent and ensure that we have a strong pipeline of future leaders, we want individuals who:

  • Operate Strategically
  • Lead Change
  • Engage with Impact
  • Foster Innovation
  • Deliver Results

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:

  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
  • 401(k) Plan — Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
  • Education assistance programs
  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other—the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.