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Job opening: Aerospace Engineer, AST, Safety and Mission Assurance (Direct Hire)

Salary: $99 172 - 128 922 per year
Published at: Aug 14 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
You will serve as an Aerospace Engineer in the Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Directorate at Kennedy Space Center, Commercial Crew Program (SA-CCP) Office. As a Ground Systems Engineer or Quality Engineer, you will perform technical assessments of Ground and/or Flight Systems. You will assess complex technical changes and issues, perform surveillance and insight activities, provide technical recommendations, and identify concerns or risks that could affect astronauts and CCP missions.


Supports and coordinates technical assessments related to risks across multi-discipline teams, plans and executes surveillance activities, operations insight, nonconformance evaluations, design changes, and process changes. Supports and coordinates nonconformance trending, root cause and corrective and preventive actions, problem resolution, risk identification and mitigation, and system certification. Leads and participates in the performance of independent technical assessments to determine the adequacy of products, processes and services in meeting contract and program requirements. Provides assessments and recommendations regarding surveillance and insight, resolves issues that could affect astronauts and Commercial Crew Program missions, and evaluates results for further action. Reviews major or critical problems, anomaly resolutions, non-conformances, failure analysis, post-test results, and acceptance reviews. Identifies and coordinates concerns and risks based on surveillance, assessments, and insight activities.


  • This position is open to U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation.
  • You must meet qualifications requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
  • If selected, you will be required to complete a financial disclosure statement.
  • This position may require a one year trial period.


In addition to the Basic Education Requirement (in the Education section below), to qualify for this position you must meet the requirements below. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work. NASA utilizes OPM-approved qualification and rating requirements specific for Aerospace Technology (AST) positions which recognizes NASA's unique aerospace work. The specific qualifications and minimum education requirements are further described below and within the education section of the job announcement. To qualify for GS-13, you must have one year of directly related specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the federal sector: Providing technical expertise on aerospace systems using engineering principles to identify areas of risk associated with safety and mission success; Providing technical rationale and recommendations for product and process changes or resolving issues to ensure safety and mission success; and Leading or supporting technical evaluations related to risks across multi-discipline teams. Your resume must include a clear and detailed narrative description, in your own words, of how you meet the required specialized experience. Experience statements copied from a position description, vacancy announcement or other reference material constitutes plagiarism and may result in disqualification and losing consideration for the job.


Basic Education Requirement: You must have successfully completed a bachelor's degree with a major in one of the following:

a) Engineering from a college or university that has ABET accredited engineering programs
b) Physical Science, Mathematics, Life Science or other field of Science
c) Computer Science that included 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of course work in any combination of mathematics, statistics and computer science with at least half of those hours in mathematics and statistics courses that included differential and integral calculus.

If you did not complete a qualifying bachelor's degree, you may be eligible if you have obtained a graduate degree in an AST qualifying field, as listed above.

Degrees in engineering technology are not considered qualifying for this position.

Engineering degrees earned within the United States: Engineering degrees earned within the United States must be from a college or university that has at least one ABET accredited engineering program. To find out if a school has at least one ABET accredited program, please visit http://www.abet.org.

Engineering degrees earned outside the United States: Engineering degrees earned outside the United States must be recognized by a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA), often known as accords. These are non-governmental agreements among organizations that accredit academic degree programs. MRAs recognize the substantial equivalence of mature accreditation systems and programs accredited by signatory organizations within their jurisdictions. For a listing of Signatories, please visit, https://www.abet.org/global-presence/mutual-recognition-agreements/is-your-program-recognized/.

Science and other related degrees earned within the United States: Science and other related degrees must have been awarded from colleges or universities that are accredited by recognized accrediting organizations. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, go to http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/.

Science and other related degrees earned outside the United States: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs. These education credentials must be deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.

All degrees must have been received in the year of, or any year subsequent to the original date of accreditation.


  • Address Kennedy Space Center Space Commerce Way Titusville, FL 32899 US
  • Name: NASA Shared Services Contact Center
  • Phone: 1-877-677-2123
  • Email: [email protected]


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