Oceaneering Softgoods Design Engineer III in Clear Lake, Texas

Company Profile

Oceaneering is a global oilfield provider of engineered services and products primarily to the offshore oil and gas industry, with a focus on deepwater applications. Through the use of its applied technology expertise, Oceaneering also serves the defense, entertainment, and aerospace industries. Oceaneering’s business offerings include remotely operated vehicles, built-to-order specialty subsea hardware, deepwater intervention and manned diving services, non-destructive testing and inspection, and engineering and project management.

Oceaneering Space Systems (OSS) is a precision engineering and manufacturing group which specializes in turn-key design, development, manufacturing, certification, maintenance, and testing of extra-vehicular and intra-vehicular (EVA & IVA) tools and equipment for astronauts; including life support and environmental control systems for space; robotic systems for military, space, and biological research; and thermal protection systems for launch vehicles. We also provide specialized engineering and support services in these areas, and astronaut training in NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory.

*For more information please go to *www.oceaneering.com and click on Products & Services, then click Space Systems (OSS). This position is located in Clear Lake, Texas.

Position Summary

Design and develop softgoods products to meet specified requirements. Products may consist of aerospace textile products and insulation and/or any sewn, heat sealed, or adhesive bonded softgoods item including apparel, liquid cooling garments, thermal/micrometeoroid garments, and soft stowage bags. The design engineer must be able to apply engineering principles to the softgoods product. The individual will provide inputs to designers, analysts, and drafters; select materials; layout general softgoods configuration and select stitch and seam construction; prepare sewing patterns and compile design packages; oversee fabrication of development and critical flight hardware; and either perform or support development and certification testing. The engineer may be called upon to provide cost estimates, bills of materials, and schedules as related to the project, and support proposals for new work.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Develop design concepts based on customer requirements and concept trades. Includes interpretation and application of design and performance specification.
  • Develop design packages and participate in design reviews and presentations.
  • Lead or support softgoods design trades, studies, and analyses.
  • Lead or support the development of softgoods detailed designs, including softgoods layout and patterning, stitch and seam construction selection, material selection, development and review of drawings and patterns, and development of fabrication instructions.
  • Assist in preparing test procedures, including determination of pass/fail criteria.
  • May support development and certification testing at the test facility or the customer's facility.
  • Assist in preparing test procedures, including determination of pass/fail criteria.
  • May support testing at the test facility or the customer's facility.
  • May develop, review, and update review cost estimates and schedules for the design, development, certification, and production of softgoods elements.
  • Provide inputs for Proposals (technical and budgetary)

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • This position has no supervisory responsibilities



BS in engineering textiles or a relevant discipline with 2 to 20 years design experience, one year of which is textile product related.

Experience with aerospace or other certification controlled textile products is recommended. CAD assisted pattern making experience with sewn products or garments is highly recommended.

The softgoods design engineer should have sewing skills, including, knowledge of industrial sewing and fabrication and stitch and seam construction. Should also possess a working technical knowledge of textile materials; especially high performance fibers like Nomex, Kevlar, Teflon coatings, and fiberglass and MLI layups. Must be able to read and interpret engineering drawings of textile assemblies and apply descriptive geometry. Computer skills in PC should include AutoCAD, ProE, and Microsoft Office, emphasis on Word and Excel.


Knowledge of machine shop practices and production methods are a plus.

Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified candidates will receive consideration for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, marital status, sexual orientation, or other non-merit factors.

Job Title: Softgoods Design Engineer III

Location: Clear Lake, Texas

Job ID: 12807

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Full/Part Time: Full-Time