Company: American Systems
Posted on: May 3, 2021
WANTED: An experienced Sofia Operations Engineer for NASA; who
demonstrates leadership capabilities and will perform the full
spectrum of engineering duties.
As a Sofia Operations Engineer you will:
- Apply your knowledge of Engineering to the specific technical
tasks at NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC).
- Work with a team of driven, supportive and highly skilled
- Receive a robust benefits package that includes Employee Stock
- Enjoy flexibility managing your work hours and personal needs
with a single accrual leave plan.
A week in the Life of a Sofia Operations Engineer:
- Provide a working familiarization with SOFIA B747-SP research
vehicle or system(s), including experimental hardware and software,
ground support equipment, and work environment.
- Plan and execute large and/or complex integration plans for
research projects, science projects, or aircraft system upgrades
enabling operational checks for functional tests, demonstrations,
and engineering evaluations sanctioned/directed by governing
Project or Flight Operations Directorate.
- Evaluate operational changes and modifications to ensure that
the changes are consistent with operational capability of the
- 1) Identifies and works with subject matter experts to gather
information, fact-find, perform analysis, etc. to develop in
support of determining best path forward.
- 2) Provide sound engineering dispositions on changes to
manufacturer guidance with respect to impact to airworthiness and
traceability of technical authority decisions.
- Participate in the system safety process by identifying,
evaluating, and documenting risks and implementing mitigations to
assure airworthiness and mission success related to instruments,
aircraft systems, experimental additions, proposed modifications
effects, and the flight vehicle.
- Perform airworthiness tests and analysis to the extent directed
by Project or Flight Operations Directorate.
- 1) Analyze flight environment typically to include altitude,
temperature, and 3-axis random vibration per AFOP-7900.3-004
Environmental Acceptance Testing, where the Contractor collaborates
with Operations Lead and Flight Systems engineer and Chief Engineer
to determine the appropriate tests that are representative of the
- 2) Prepare analysis, test plan, and test procedures as required
to ensure each flight item is airworthy.
- 3) Conduct or monitor environmental lab tests.
- 4) Confirm successful completion of, or conduct, Verification
and Validation activities (such as inspection, test, demonstration,
analysis), including verification that configuration of hardware
and software matches Project CCB release version.
- 5) Prepare test procedure and coordinate a pre-flight Combined
System Test (CST) where engines are run, control room and other
communications, experimental and other modifications are operating,
functionally tested and formally checked out.
- Develop, perform and/or support briefings, preliminary and
critical design reviews, peer reviews, and airworthiness
- Provide technical assistance during development of integrated
test plans, which include (but are not limited to) project plans,
ground test plans, program objectives, mission rules, control room
requirements, and test range requirements.
- Provide project engineering for flight planning, mission
simulation, crew training, development of flight procedures, and
- Support aircraft flight operations, modifications, maintenance
planning, and troubleshooting including aircraft Weight and Balance
- Maintain Aircraft Configuration management (flight and
maintenance manuals) as required including management and
disposition of Time Compliance Technical Order (TCTO),
Airworthiness Directives, and Maintenance Directives (MDs) as
- Support and lead NASA aircraft safety processes.
- Participate and take on leadership roles in Operations Working
Groups (OWGs), Mission Rule Working Groups (MRWGs), Systems Safety
Working Groups (SSWGs),
- Participate or lead in pre-mission deployments representing the
Ops Engineering branch
- Develop procedures for assembly, installation and integration
of scientific instruments into NASAs aircraft;
- Develop procedures for proper assembly, installation and
integration of scientific instruments in support of the Science
Mission Directorate and of Earth science research requiring
high-altitude, long-distance airborne capability;
- Develop and/or modify existing procedures for the proper
installation and integration of experiments supporting
environmental science research, conducting flight demonstrations
for expanded markets, missions and airborne capabilities that are
compatible with NASAs wide-ranging Earth-observation activities
which are critical to developing responses to environmental change
here and around the world;
- Analyze project objectives and requirements, develop plans for
conducting projects, provide support for the project safety review
process, including participation in the development of Failure
Modes and Effects Analysis, documentation of hazards, and the
specification and implementation of mitigations to those
- Review project instructions to ascertain requirements,
specifications, procedures, objectives, equipment, nature of
technical problem, and possible solutions.
- Set up and conduct tests or studies of complete systems,
components, or concepts under research test conditions to
investigate proposals for improving performance or other factors;
or to obtain data for development, standardization, and quality
control with some supervisory direction and review.
- Record test or report procedures and results, numerical and
graphical data, and make recommendations for changes.
- Create reports and other documentation necessary to describe
the results of studies and/or tests.
- Analyze indicated and calculated results in relation to
requirements, specifications, or test objectives.
- Mentors engineers in specific technical areas and/or the system
engineering process and project management principles.
- Perform work in accordance with NASA ISO AS9100 procedures and
applicable regulatory requirements.
Founded in 1975, AMERICAN SYSTEMS is one of the largest
employee-owned companies in the United States. We are a government
services contractor focused on delivering Strategic Solutions to
complex national priority programs with 100+ locations worldwide.
Our employee-owners are encouraged to make a difference, implement
new ideas in a collaborative environment, and focus on mission
critical success. Through our focus on quality, strong cultural
beliefs and innovation we deliver excellence every day. Join
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- Experience in one or more of the following technology areas are
highly desirable: manned or unmanned aircraft operations, Time
Compliance Technical Order (TCTO), Airworthiness Directives, and
Maintenance Directives (MDs), flight test planning and execution,
aircraft safety processes
- Serve as an operational engineer for AFRC projects which may
include manned or unmanned projects to develop and assist in the
development of advanced autonomous aircraft system technologies,
development and implementation of flight vehicle integration
procedures across all required disciplines and organizations inside
and outside of NASA.
- Application of Engineering principles and Systems Engineering
- Must be able to manage and decompose requirements in specific
- Strong communications and ability to work in a team environment
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a Government Security
- Must have a Bachelors Degree in Engineering plus16 years
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